Well look, if there’s two lads you can rely on to jerk your pork, it’s us! Jerk pork and pineapple skewers! Another skewer recipe but it’s glorious weather and this is the type of food you need to enjoy. Plus, if the weather lets you down, there’s nothing to stop you throwing these under the grill.
But before we get there, two things. First, look what appeared just as I sat down to type this:
We don’t live in some Dickensian workhouse, but we’re near an awful lot of fields full of mice and this is the end result. Rats and mice don’t bother me as a rule but you better believe that I simultaneously leapt and shat when this bugger scuttled out from behind my router. I thought it was a spider, though if it had been, this house would have been razed to the ground. No second chances.
The other thing to announce…
We only went and bloody did it! The two fat blokes (How fat? When we fall down the stairs people think Eastenders is finishing! So fat our patronuses are cakes! So fat that you need a bus journey with two connections just to get on our good side! Ho ho! Fuck off) who never exercise upped their game and ran a bloody 5k! We weren’t even the last ones to finish – I had visions of being lapped over and over before someone came and asked us to leave as they wanted to get home and only had tent hire until 11pm.
As it happens, we ran a good 80% of it and power-minced the rest. All we’ve done is focus on running a bit more each time – no fancy trainers, no expensive regimes, just walk, run, go. You know what made it lovely though? So many people clapping and encouraging folk as they ran past. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t expecting to be chased with pitchforks (though it was Alnwick) but even I was surprised how lovely it all was. Who knows what lies ahead, other than plantar fasciitis and jogging cum-faces? Maybe we’ll do the Great North Run?
Pfft, aye, no.
Oh and we crossed the finishing line holding hands (with me leading Paul, who remember, has tiny corgi legs as opposed to my long, gazelle pins), just to make you sick up in your mouth a little. Cubs who finish together, stay together. Certainly not the first time I’ve tugged a chubby bloke to a happy finish in the vicinity of a rugby pitch, either.
Shall we do the recipe then?
jerk pork and pineapple skewers
Yield 6 skewers
Easy! The key with BBQ food is that it is easy and quick to make - this really couldn't be easier, given it's rubbing a bit of meat, chopping fruit and grilling it! What's not to love?
Remember, Slimming World's official line is that you should syn your pineapple if you're following the diet to the letter. Our view, and mind it is our view and not an official one, is that this is bollocks. But follow your own path - if you need to syn the pineapple, 100g is 2 syns. We're also not including the 0.5 syn drop of sriracha - this made six fat skewers, and I'll be damned if I'm dividing 0.5 between 6.
Then again, we're living in an era where people are making lemon meringue pies using pease pudding, so all bets are off.
Not sure what sriracha is? It's just a hot, spicy sauce. Leave it off if you've got a delicate balloon-knot, and replace it with a few drops of Worcestershire sauce.
We nicked this from BBC Good Food. See, it's that easy to give credit to recipes when they've been Pinched. 😉
- 400g pork fillets, cut into chunks
- 1 medium pineapple
- 2 tbsp jerk seasoning
- 1 tbsp sriracha (1 syn)
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- in a large bowl mix together the jerk seasoning, sriracha and lime zest and juice
- tip in the pork chunks and mix well - really give that meat a good rub, and then leave to marinade for a bit (room temperature is best)
- peel and core the pineapple, and cut into large chunks
- skewer the pork and pineapple alternately until it's all used up
- cook over the barbecue or under a hot grill for about 7-10 minutes, turning regularly
- can't find jerk seasoning? any kind of seasoning mix will do - just use whatever you have in
- we always prefer using metal skewers as they're less faff - we use these ones
- wooden ones will work fine too, just remember to soak them for thirty minutes so they don't catch fire
- this should be enough for 6 medium (wooden) skewers' worth, or 4 big ones (no prizes for guessing which we went for)
- the 'official' rules say you should really syn the pineapple as technically it's cooked, but really. It's up to you. We didn't bother. No hate mail please.
- to make quick work of the pineapple you should try one of these - it'll save you no end of hassle!
- if you really can't be arsed though you can use the pre-prepared chunks, though they may be on the small side
Yum! Want more BBQ ideas? Remember we’ve done loads lately!
- Slimming World halloumi burgers: veggie BBQ time
- proper tasty Slimming World coleslaw: revised!
- bbq time: lemon and oregano grilled chicken
- sticky peanut butter pork skewers: BBQ time
- lemon, garlic and oregano roast potatoes
If you’re having a BBQ this weekend, get it done!