Fill pineapple halves with this mixture and get them in the smoker! Homegrown pineapples are preferred as they are usually sweeter than store-bought.
- 1 large whole fresh pineapple
- 1 pound cooked pulled pork
- ½ (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
- ½ cup bacon bits
- 1 (3.5 ounce) bag glazed walnuts and cranberries
Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place cherry wood chips into the smoker to add sweetness.
Wash pineapple well but make sure to keep the leaves intact. Cut pineapple in half lengthwise, cutting through the middle of the leaf stalk. Cut out a V-shape down the middle of each half to remove the dense core. Hollow out each pineapple half by making cross and side cuts, but leave some meat on the skin. If pineapple gets completely hollowed out, the skin gets very flexible so leaving a little meat will keep it sturdier.
Chop pineapple meat into 1/2-inch pieces. Pour out any remaining pineapple juice from the husks and reserve for a different use.
Combine pineapple chunks, pulled chicken, barbeque sauce, and bacon bits in a large bowl; mix to combine. Fill pineapple halves with the mixture and top with glazed walnuts and cranberries.
Place pineapple halves into the smoker and smoke until outsides look darker and leaves start to shrivel, about 1 1/2 hours.
Remove pineapple halves from the smoker very carefully as they will be very soft and flexible.
Prep time: 30 mins / Cooking time: 1 hr 30 mins / Total time: 2 hrs
Serving: 2 / Yield: 2 servings