These pork kabobs are marinated pork tenderloin pieces skewered with red pepper and pineapple, then grilled to perfection.

Looking for something a little new and exciting to grill this weekend? These pork skewers are always a huge hit!

A recipe for sweet and spicy pineapple pork kabobs served on a bed of pineapple cilantro rice. Ad

It’s that time of year again – football time! My husband is a big football fan and we love having friends over to hang out on Sunday afternoons – the guys watch football, the women chat in the kitchen and the kids play hard. Of course, being a food blogger and all, I always make sure that there are good eats to be had. The kids are happy with fruit and crackers (preferably shaped like animals) but I like to do something fun and a bit unexpected for the adults. I think these pork kabobs are pretty much the perfect game day food – they can be eaten as finger food for a snack or paired with pineapple cilantro rice for a heartier meal. One thing’s for sure – they pack a spicy punch, in the best possible way!

Pork kabobs with pineapple and peppers.

How do you make pork kabobs?


The first step in this recipe is to marinate the pork. Imarinated cubes of pork tenderloin in pineapple juice, honey, olive oil and hot sauce. The pork was then threaded onto skewers with pineapple and red peppers before it was grilled to perfection. While the pork kabobs were on the grill I cooked up a pot of rice and seasoned it with lime juice, cilantro, chopped pineapple and more hot sauce – we like things spicy around here!

Pork kabobs served over rice.

The sweet marinade pairs well with the hot sauce and the kabobs were not overly spicy – they definitely have a kick, but it’s a pleasant level of heat. The rice makes a great companion for a complete meal or skip the rice and serve up a platter of the kebabs as an appetizer or hearty snack, they’re perfect to eat while you’re watching the game.

A plate of pork kabobs with pineapple and red bell peppers.

Our friends absolutely loved these pineapple pork kabobs. Nothing beats the taste of grilled meat and the sweetness of the pineapple was perfect to offset a bit of the heat from the hot sauce.

A recipe for sweet and spicy pineapple pork kebabs served on a bed of pineapple cilantro rice. #KingofFlavor AD @ElYucateco

If you’re looking for a fun food for your football parties these pineapple pork kebabs can’t be beat. So tell me, what do you like to eat on game day?

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Pork Kabobs with Pineapple

AuthorSara Welch
A recipe for sweet and spicy pineapple pork kebabs served on a bed of pineapple cilantro rice. #KingofFlavor AD @ElYucateco
This recipe for pork kabobs with pineapple is tender chunks of marinated pork, skewered with pineapple and bell pepper and grilled to perfection.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Serves 8 servings


For the kabobs:

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks (roughly 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 small or 1 large red bell pepper cored, seeded and cut into 1 inch squares
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt

For the pineapple cilantro rice:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pineapple , finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro , finely diced
  • the juice from 1 lime
  • kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • For the kabobs:
  • In a large bowl or resealable bag, mix together the pineapple juice, olive oil, hot sauce and honey until thoroughly combined. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the marinade.
  • Place the pork cubes in the marinade - let the pork marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Remove the pork from the marinade. Thread the pork onto skewers alternating with the pineapple and red bell peppers. Season with salt to taste.
  • Grill the kabobs for 3-4 minutes on each side, basting with reserved marinade, until lightly charred and pork is cooked through.
  • For the pineapple cilantro rice:
  • Cook the rice according to the package directions. When the rice is finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in butter and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Stir in the pineapple, cilantro, lime juice and hot sauce. Taste and add more salt if needed. Serve with the pork kebabs.


Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 787mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1175IU | Vitamin C: 65.2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    They look awesome and I am going to try them tomorrow with the rice. I have a question can I let the pork set in the marinade over night?

  2. El Yucateco is my little favorite go to hot sauce for spicing up something, no one knows about it, everyone uses Tapatio or Cholula, but I think it is far better than those!

  3. Who needs football season, I would eat these no matter the time of year! They look amazing and we love to grill pineapple!

  4. I love the El Yucateco sauces…they are so tasty! In fact I think I have everything on hand to make your recipe! Yay! It looks delicious!

  5. Pineapple goes together so well with pork. What a great dinner idea…so much fun and different than what I usually make!!

  6. Yes! Grilled pineapple is always a win for me, but I love it served with the rice and pork. Your pictures are gorgeous too!

  7. I love grilled pineapple, so I know these would be perfect, but the pineapple cilantro rice is really calling my name.