Pineapples are simply great.
In these sweltering summer months, I always enjoy having a slice of the yellow stuff on a humid afternoon, and you don't need to be into yoga or in possession of half a brain to enjoy a piña colada. That being said, I think that there are certain cuisines and situations in which pineapple should play no part whatsoever, and in that respect, it's one of the more polarizing foods available in your local supermarket.
Of course, we all know about the debate over the co-existence of pineapple and pizza, with some people (myself included) fervently believing that the Hawaiian is a fruity abomination amongst cheesy goodness, but if you're a fan of pineapple on pizza, then this latest BBQ delight might just blow your mind.
Those of you with a penchant for stuffing meats inside of other meats, you may have sampled the turducken, which is a duck stuffed with a chicken, which is then stuffed into a turkey. As you might imagine, the taste is... unique, but this latest pineapple infusion is unlike anything you've ever tasted before.
So let's set the scene here: you're out in your backyard, getting the grill going, and generally enjoying the summer weather. You've got sausages, burgers, as well as halloumi and corn for your vegetarian friends, but you're wondering what to cook first.
Then, out of nowhere, someone hands you a pineapple wrapped in bacon and stuffed with pork, and suggests you give it a try. They've even got a cute name for it: the Swineapple.
Although you might be stunned at first to learn that such a thing exists, a quick internet search will reveal that your friend isn't the crazy person you first feared.
The Swineapple is taking barbecues across the world by storm, and like its distant cousin the Hawaiian pizza, the food community is split between condemning the Swineapple as a savage maltreatment of bacon and hailing it as the second coming of fruit and meat.
So what say you, internet? Are you down for a Swineapple this summer? Or are you of the opinion that meat and fruit simply should not mix?
If you're anything like me, you're probably on the fence about it, but won't be able to make a proper judgement until you've tried it yourself. Fortunately, a recipe for the Swineapple has spread throughout the internet.
To make a genuine Swineapple, first you must cut the top off a pineapple, and hollow it out, leaving about half an inch around the outside and bottom. Then, cut up some seasoned pork loin, and put it into your hollowed out fruit. Once that's done and the meat's all nice and snug inside, you can then proceed to shave the pineapple.
Next, get yourself a nice bacon weave (with around 13 to 15 bacon strips) going, and make a blanket for your pork-stuffed pineapple. Stick a couple wood skewers to secure the bacon blanket, and then you're ready to start cooking!
Now, you've got a choice between setting the oven at 350 degrees (which will take about three hours) or using a smoker at 225 degrees, which means you'll be waiting for around five hours. Either way, you want the temperature at the middle to be around 160 degrees... and there you are!
I, for one, can't wait to try this out for myself. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of pineapple on pizza, but this is another thing entirely, and it sounds like a truly unique grilling experience to try out this summer.