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Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

Kabob? Ka-bob? Kebab? Idk, and I’m tired of googling that spelling. All I know is that our Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are ahhhh-mazing. (Grilled pork, that’s all you need to know.) Not sure if they are authentic Hawaiian. I’m like everyone else in the mainland, if I include pineapple in anything, I get that island feeling. If you are reading this and you are actually from Hawaii, email me at [email protected] or comment and let us know how we did.

When I think of Hawaiian food I think of fresh flavors, simple preparation, and colorful ingredients. We nailed it with this recipe.

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

You can use pretty much any type of pork to make this recipe. We found a good deal on a pork loin at our local grocery store. (Half was used for this recipe, the other half we used for our Carnitas Tacos.)

 

Fresh pork is a must when making these Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

 

The food of Hawaii has a strong Asian influence, so we used soy sauce and ginger.

The star of the marinade that really comes through in the cooking is pineapple. The acid in pineapple tenderizes the pork and makes it extra juicy. Just imagine that sweet and tangy pineapple on grilled pork. If your mouth isn’t watering yet….

We used similar sweet and tart ingredients like honey and cider vinegar to boost that flavor.

Be sure to use chili sauce. (It is in the ketchup section at the grocery store, and looks a lot like cocktail sauce. It is like a really tangy, thick ketchup.)

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are marinated crushed pineapples and soy, then grilled to perfection with colorful veggies.

 

 

Whisk together all of your marinade ingredients and pour it over the pork loin cubes. Toss the meat well to make sure all pieces are well covered in the Hawaiian marinade. Seal tightly, refrigerate, and marinate at least an hour, but up to overnight.

 

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Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are marinated crushed pineapples and soy, then grilled to perfection with colorful veggies.

 

Carefully skewer the marinated pork, alternating with onion and brightly colored bell peppers. Feel free to use your favorite veggies. (Zucchini, mushrooms, fresh pineapple, tomatoes…all are excellent for this recipe.)

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are marinated crushed pineapples and soy, then grilled to perfection with colorful veggies.

 

More of our Flavor-Packed Recipes:

Sweet + Smoky Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs

BBQ Catfish

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

 

 

Our grill smoking like a volcano. HA!

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are marinated crushed pineapples and soy, then grilled to perfection with colorful veggies.

 

Heat grill to high, then reduce heat to around 400 degrees. Place the kabobs on the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes, rotate, and repeat until all sides are nicely browned and pork is cooked through. Do not over cook them. You don’t want your Hawaiian grilled pork kabobs to be dry.

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are marinated crushed pineapples and soy, then grilled to perfection with colorful veggies.

 

We used metal skewers because they are easier to work with.. If you are using wooden bamboo skewers, I recommend you soak them in water for 15 minutes before you use them. This helps prevent burning.

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs are great with a salad or our Pineapple Pepper Rice.

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

 

 

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs
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Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs

Tender pork marinated in a pineapple based marinade and grilled to perfection with bright veggies.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Minimum Marinating Time 1 hour
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 352 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 2 pounds pork loin
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper

Cook That

  1. Cut pork loin into even sized cubes, about 1 - 1/2 inch sized.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together pineapple with juice, soy sauce, honey, oil, chili sauce, vinegar, garlic and seasonings. Stir until well blended.
  3. Pour over the pork chunks, seal, and refrigerate for 1 hour - overnight.
  4. Peel and chop the onion into 1 inch sized pieces. Seed and trim the bell peppers, and cut into similar sized pieces.
  5. Carefully skewer the marinated pork with the vegetables onto metal or bamboo skewers. Alternate pepper, pork, onion and repeat until you have used all.
  6. On a grill heated to about 400 degrees, grill the skewers on 3-4 minutes on each side. Rotate until all sides are cooked evenly and the pork is done and no longer pink. Do not overcook.
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Grilled Pork Kabobs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 987mg43%
Potassium 681mg19%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 665IU13%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer Fulk
    April 6, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I have my pork marinating for tomorrow. I was wondering how to make a basting sauce to brush on the kabobs as they are grilling. I am afraid just marinating without some extra sauce won’t be tasty enough. The marinade as is wouldn’t be thick enough for basting. Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Reply
      Teri
      April 8, 2019 at 10:03 am

      If you use this marinade, you could actually cook it down on the stove top to make it thicker. I’ve also had a lot of success making fast marinades and basting sauces using this basic combination: 1 part oil, 1 part sour, 1 part savory, then add some sweetness. So for example, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup soy sauce. Stir in some honey or brown sugar, simmer on the stove until thick. (Also, a nice thick bbq sauce would be nice, too.)

  • Reply
    Jennifer Fulk
    May 28, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks! These were so delicious! I ended up marinating the pork in about 1-3/4 cups of the marinade, reserving the rest. I stirred in a couple tablespoons of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce into the reserved marinade and let it simmer on the stove for a few minutes and then basted the kabobs. Thank you again for a fabulous pork marinade. The meat was so tender and a perfect combo of flavors. This is a keeper!

    • Reply
      Teri
      May 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm

      Oh, thanks for sharing that tip on stirring in the Sweet Baby Rays…nice touch. Glad you like this recipe. One of my favorites. I love pineapple and pork together.

  • Reply
    Oanh
    August 24, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Recipe looks great! When you say “chili sauce” what are you referring to? Hot sauce?

    • Reply
      Teri
      August 26, 2019 at 6:29 pm

      I used a sweet Thai chili sauce with a little kick to it. I’ve also made it with a hotter garlic style, and with a tomato “ketchup” style chili sauce. I prefer the sweeter types.

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