Thursday, May 27, 2010

Charcoal Grilled Pineapple Salsa

I got quite a few questions about the Charcoal Grilled Pineapple Salsa, so here we go.  It's one of my all time favorite side dishes for BBQ and grilled foods. It's fresh, sweet and spicy and goes really well with almost any grilled or smoked foods. It has been a huge success in our BBQ parties and it looks very pretty with its bright yellow, red and green colors.

All you need is a charcoal grill and the following ingredients:

  • 1  large good quality pineapple
  • 1/2  red pepper (paprika)
  • 2  spring onions (scallions)
  • 1-2  jalapeƱos (or other fresh chili peppers if you like more heat)
  • 3 tbsp  chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 tbsp  soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp  freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp  brown sugar
  • 2 tsp  fresh finely grated ginger

Prepare your charcoal grill for direct grilling.  Slice the pineapple into chunky wedges.  Oil the grill grate and grill the pineapple, red pepper, spring onions and jalapeƱos directly over charcoal until nice grilled color and the pineapple softens up a bit. If you like, you could use wood chips on the charcoal for a nice smoky flavor.

Chop up all the grilled vegetables and pineapple wedges and put them in to a glass bowl.  Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for an hour or two. Serve it in a glass bowl in room temperature.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Ribs, Smoke & Sunshine!

Yesterday we had a gorgeous sunny and warm Sunday over here. What else to do on a beautiful day like that than fire up the smoker!? I had a bunch or baby back ribs waiting in the fridge. Removed the membrane from the ribs and sprinkled generously my basic BBQ rub with some added Colman's mustard powder on them.

Everything ready, time to throw in some apple tree. Oh, and maybe clean up the smoker again...

I love the smell of apple tree smoke in the morning!

Temps are perfect, now just have to sit and wait. Time for a beer. Every hour or so I sprayed apple cider vinegar on the ribs to keep them moist.

Lovely smoke!

Few hours and few beers later ribs are ready.

Coated them with BBQ sauce + honey mixture 30min before taking them out of the pit.

Served them with charcoal grilled pineapple salsa.

I LOVE ribs!