Recipe Courtesy of Wil Wood, owner, Love to Cook

CHILDREN LOVE TO get involved in food preparation, from desserts and party food to everyday dinners and household staples.

As kids become more experienced they can graduate from helping measure, mix, and pour to more complex tasks like grilling. It is important to help them learn to respect the tools they use when preparing food to ensure safety.

A great recipe to start teaching grill use and safety is grilled pineapple. Since you don’t have to worry about cooking to a specific temperature, you can focus on the mechanics of the grill and how to be safe around it.

The following recipe can be prepared either on the grill or in the oven and is a simple, delicious side dish for countless meals.

Grilled Pineapple







  • 1 pineapple cut into spears
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or butter alternative, melted
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cayenne, optional


1.Prepare pineapple into spears.

2.Lay on a pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Whisk melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. This turns into a runny mixture.

3. Spread mixture onto pineapple.

4. Grill on BBQ or broil in oven for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. This will make a mess and drip all over the place. If broiling in the oven, I always pour the goop that dripped off back onto the pineapple.