These Pork and Pineapple Tacos can be made so many different ways they become a quick go to meal any night of the week.
So as I mentioned in my Refreshing Pineapple Cocktails Two Ways post, we got a new barbecue. I am SO ready for summer to start so I can grill every night. There was a problem however. I have to tell you the story of this barbecue.
First off there was a great deal on barbecues and since I had been mentioned that I wanted to start eating a bit healthier, a grill was a really good investment. Now, I have a barbecue that I love already. Its a grill, smoker and fryer combo. The problem with it is the grill size is about eighteen inches round. When I am making 2 or 3 servings, it’s great, but having a party presents a serious problem.
Enter the large 5 burner new barbecue. This thing is created for parties in mind and I am already thinking of the first big shindig I want to put on. But first we had to get our new ‘cue home. I have considered for years investing in an old clunky truck just to move things like barbecues around, but as it is I have a little Honda Civic. So at the store we requested a deconstructed one still in the box. When we got to the car, the box didn’t fit. So, plan b – which I prepared for – we opened the box up and packed the car with random grill grates, several feet, wheels and the massive grill hood. The hood barely fit in the trunk, in fact it took several attempts.
We finally get all the pieces home and moved into the yard. Bradley grabbed the thick user manual and went to work building. He slaved over it for a couple hours and went to put in the last piece but it didn’t fit! After a bit of detective work, we realized the box somehow must have gotten dropped or damaged somehow and you couldn’t tell until you went to close the lid. (Bradley had built it with the lid open per the instructions.) So now we have a giant barbecue – that doesn’t fit in my car – and we need to return it for a properly functioning one.
Troy to the rescue! I begged an old friend of mine to bring his truck to switch out our barbecue for a new one. Of course I promised to cook dinner for him and his adorable girls. Since my new barbecue was MIA, I had to improvise my original idea. I had lovely skewers all ready to throw on the grill, so I pulled out my cast iron stove top grill and threw them on there. It worked!
These tacos have been made in the oven, under a broiler, on an actual grill and now on a stove top grill. Basically if you can get some caramelization on the pork and pineapple pieces as you cook them, they will be fantastic! The flavor is all in the marinade, it really gets into the pork and flavors it all the way through. Top the tacos with cilantro and serve. Easy peasy.
- 3 pounds pork, cubed to 1 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 pineapple, peel removed, cored and cubed to 1 inch pieces
- 1 large onion, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
- Cilantro, for garnish
- In a large mixing bowl, mix pork, soy sauce, garlic, cumin, pineapple juice and salt and pepper until well combined. Let sit for 15 minutes to marinade.
- Preheat a grill or oven to 400 degrees. Skewer pieces of pork with pineapple chunks and onion pieces until all is used up. Grill or roast the skewers for about 10 minutes, turned every couple minutes until cooked through and caramelized.
- Serve in warm tortillas with chopped cilantro sprinkled on top.