Grilled Pineapple Donut Sundaes- These sundaes are the perfect treat for your summer barbecue! Filled with rum, brown sugar and delicious flavor, they will be your fave warm weather dessert!
So I recently made these little miracles on the Today Show and realized it would be an absolute travesty if I didn’t share them with you. You see, this recipe is seriously insane and requires the most brave of followers to make it. What makes it so insane you might be wondering?
We are not only grilling pineapple. We are grilling donuts to my friends! I want you to go to your closest doughnut shop and pick up the softest, chewiest yeasty glazed donuts you can find. Once you have them, make the decision to do the crazy deed of throwing them on your grill. The sugar caramelizes in the most sensational way, they warm through and also pick up a hint of the smoke flavor that we know and love from grilling.
Doughnuts will never be the same. In fact these doughnuts were sort of life changing. I paired them with brown sugar rum soaked pineapple. Grilled pineapple is already so sensational but when you let it marinate in the most glorious of sweet and alcoholy marinades, something magical happens.
The sauce is then poured over the top and the doughnuts are filled with vanilla ice cream. I knew I simply could not deprive you of this miracle and so here it is. If you want to see the Today Show clip, check it out below.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup rum
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 fresh pineapple rings
- 5 fresh glazed donuts
- Vanilla or coconut ice cream for serving
- Add butter, brown sugar, rum, orange juice, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt to a medium sized pan over medium high heat.
- Allow sauce to melt together then stir until combined. Bring sauce to simmer and allow sauce to reduce by about a ⅓.
- Add pineapple rings to a glass dish and pour ¾ of the sauce over the pineapple. Leave the rest for serving.
- Allow sauce to soak into pineapple for about 20 minutes, flipping over halfway through at 10 minutes.
- While pineapple soaks prepare your grill. Spray grill with non-stick spray or lightly brush grates with oil.
- Grill pineapple about 5-7 minutes on each side until beautiful grill marks appear and the pineapple is tender. While grilling, you can baste with additional sauce used for soaking the pineapple.
- Spray the grill again or add oil again. Add doughnuts to the grill and carefully watch because they can burn fast. Grill for about 20-40 seconds then flip to grill the other side. Serve immediately warm.
- To prepare sundaes, cut a donut in half, add pineapple slice and top with ice cream and leftover sauce (keep warm) and serve.