fireball pineapple

Fireball Pineapple Recipe

Fireball Pineapple Recipe

For this Fireball Pineapple you grill a whole pineapple over a rotisserie until it’s all caramelized and delicious. But first, you have to soak the pineapple in Fireball Whiskey for at least 2 hours… so you know it’s going to be good. This Fireball Pineapple recipes comes compliments of Greg and Kristina Gaardbo from Rockin Rodizio… and you gotta check these guys out. They have a mobile, Brazilian Grill and entertainment experience. They have skewers of meats spinning over hot coals, they have flames shooting up, and most importantly – they are cooking good food. It’s pretty easy, all you do is remove the pineapple skin – but leave the core. Then let it soak in Fireball Whiskey for at least 2 hours – rotating the pineapple every 30 minutes to make sure it soaks evenly. Then coat it with sugar and grill it for about 45 minutes – 1 hour. fireball pineapple The only issue with this recipe is that you have to have a rotisserie setup on your grill. You can use any rotisserie-style grill setup, just hold the temps steady around 400-450. fireball pineapple Fireball Pineapple makes for a great side – people love it and it just looks great rotating on the grill. And the flavor you get with the sugars and the whiskey over coals is hard to beat. Print
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Fireball Pineapple Recipe


  • 2 whole pineapples
  • 12oz Fireball Whiskey
  • 1 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


  1. Peel the pineapple and score the outside in a diamond pattern.
  2. Place both pineapples in a ziplock storage bag and pour in the Fireball Whiskey. Close the bag and squeeze as much air out as possible. Marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Turning half way through.
  3. Prepare rotisserie grill for cooking. On a propane grill set the two outside burners to medium high and the rotisserie burner for medium. Temperature should be about 450⁰.
  4. Combine the raw sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  5. Skewer each pineapple with the rotisserie rod and secure with rotisserie forks.
  6. Apply the sugar mixture to the outside of each pineapple and place the rotisserie rod into the motor on the grill.
  7. Cook for approximately 30 minutes and apply more sugar mixture once the outside looks dry.
  8. Remove the pineapples once the outside is caramelized about 45-60 minutes total cook time.
  9. Carefully slide the pineapples off the skewer and slice into individual pieces for serving.
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39 responses to “Fireball Pineapple Recipe”

  1. Willie Kim Phillips says:

    Hi Malcolm, been a fan of the JT show for awhile and heard you on the show several times. Finally went to your website and followed your baby back rib recipe to the letter! Man…..I’ve attempted several times to cook ribs but this puts any high end restaurant to shame!!! THEY WERE AWESOME!!!! Only bad thing was I didn’t cook enough and family wiped em out!! I will be back to try more and order some of your seasonings! Thanks again man!!!! Willie Phillips

  2. Adele says:

    these pineapples look amazing. But I don’t have a rotisserie on my grill.
    Is there another way to do these – maybe in slices?

    • Malcom Reed says:

      yeah you could do slices and grill them – almost like grilling burgers. I would let it go 2-3 minutes and flip it and top it with the mixture and let it caramelize.

    • Jason says:

      I cooked them whole on my Traeger grill without a rotisserie. Turned out amazing following this recipe. Just make sure to make a little tin foil bowl to catch the drippings under the pineapples.

      • Tracey says:

        I didn’t have a rotisserie so I just put mine in a tinfoil pan and let them baste in the liquid. It was fantastic!

    • Bill Kreeger says:

      Hi Adele. I don’t have a rotisserie either. I’m going to slice mine vertically, into 8 pieces, remove core and place the pieces on my grill directly. I’m planning on turning the grill to 400 and rotating the pieces every 15 min. Hopefully it will only take an hour or so and wont burn the pieces up. Wish me luck. I’m using a Pellet grill.

    • Steve says:

      You can use skewers.Turn every few minutes. Put over a foil pan. I wrap with bacon. A dash of mint.

    • Paul Kingsboro says:

      We do them on the Traeger, stand them in a tin pie plate. Follow the same instructions, the plate catches the drippings and I pour it over the slices when it’s done. We make them quite often. Love it.

  3. Bruce says:

    Came upon this in a timely fashion, with the Kentucky Derby just 8 days away. Will share with customers looking for creative side dishes for entertaining and promise to try it myself.

  4. Jason says:

    G’day Malcolm,
    I tried this one on the weekend and loved it, thanks for the inspiration. I have also done a write up of my effort over on my blog site :

  5. Kelli says:

    Is the fireball grilled pineapple good hot and cold or just hot?

  6. LaDonna says:

    Could you put the pineapple in aluminum foil and bake it in the oven ? Or use a covered roasting pan ?

  7. Betty cole says:

    Does the alcohol burn off? If not, can you feel the effects from the whiskey? Thanks!

  8. Bruce says:

    Sounds great!

  9. Linda says:

    Thanks for the recipe and all the tips. I have no spit on my grill…but will still be making for a dinner party tomorrow!! Thanks.

  10. Scott says:

    How would go do this on a Traeger smoker?

  11. Jeanne says:

    Can this be prepared a couple of days ahead?

  12. Anna Miller says:

    love the pineapple recipe…..making this for Sunday dinner for my family. sounds delicious and simple to make.

  13. Jackie says:

    I wonder how this would turn out with Rum?

  14. Please send all ur recipes to my emails so I can try them out

  15. Rich S says:

    Don’t forget to drink the fireball left in the bag!!!!! it will be amazing.

  16. Bunny says:

    Love this recipe and will definitely be fixing it for our family cookout (for the adults). The only problem is one of my niece’s will not let her minor children have anything with alcohol in it. No problem – her kids, her rules. Any idea what I could substitute for the Fireball? I would never want to deny a child fruit.

  17. Dee says:

    I dont have a spit on my grill but my toaster oven has one. Could I use that? Maybe add a tiny bit of liquid smoke?

  18. Mojocurt says:

    Works amazingly in an airfryer w/rotisserie set up!

  19. Garry says:

    Is there a maximum time to marinate?
    And is it fine to consume the marinade after soaking?

  20. Annoynomous says:

    Okay I admit I’m a whimp! Can I use can pineapples?

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