Grilling fresh summer fruit is one of the best ways to enhance its flavor. Pineapple and peaches work especially well in these skewers from BBQ king, Big Bob Gibson, because their juices blend perfectly with Bob’s spicy maple glaze. However, you can really use whatever fruit you like. No matter what fruit you choose, this dish will definitely be a hit at your next summer cookout.
Grilled Fruit Skewers with Spicy Maple Cumin Glaze
Recipe from Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book (Clarkson Potter, 2009)
Serves: 4 to 6
4 bamboo skewers
Cooking Time: 3 minutes
1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cups fruit chunks such as pineapple, peaches, and/or bananas
Build a charcoal fire for direct grilling. Soak the bamboo skewers in a bowl of water and set aside.
Combine the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Add the fruit and toss gently to coat with the glaze. Cover and refrigerate.
Thread the fruit on the soaked skewers, alternating each fruit type. Place the skewers on the grill and cook directly over medium-high heat for 1 1⁄2 minutes on each side, or until browned and caramelized. Serve warm.