Certified Kansas City Barbecue Judge – BBQ Isn’t Just About Meat

By Stephen J. Silverberg
New York Elder Law Attorney

When you say barbecue, most people think of burgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken sizzling on the grill. But there’s another side of BBQ: fresh fruit. The sugar content of most fruits means that grilling slices of pineapple, mango or peaches brings out the full flavor of the fruit and adds a natural caramel glaze.

Make sure the grill is super-clean and well oiled before grilling fruit. Use a basket to avoid losing slippery slices of fruit on the grill. If you only have one basket and have used it for something with a strong flavor, like grilled salmon, be sure to clean the basket really well so you don’t end up with grilled mango that has a slightly fishy scent.

Bananas are probably the most overlooked fruit when it comes to grilling. Peel, slice in half the long way, sprinkle with brown sugar, grill and serve over a good quality vanilla ice cream – quick BBQ Bananas Foster.

Here is a basic recipe to get you started. You can add any herbs and spices to suit your taste.

Grilled Pineapple and Mango Salad
1 pineapple, peel, trim, core, and slice into ¾-inch slices
2 to 3 ripe mangoes, peel, pit and cut into cubes
1 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
1 TBSP chopped fresh mint
¼ TBSP cayenne pepper – if you don’t like heat, skip this step.

Preheat the grill and oil the grill grates well.

Grill pineapple rings for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until the pineapple is cooked through, the sugars bubble up to the surface and grill marks are prominent.

Remove from grill and let cool for a minute.

Cut the pineapple rings into ¾-inch wedges.

Toss the pineapple with the mango, mint and cilantro.

Sprinkle the cayenne pepper over the assembled salad and serve while the pineapple is still warm.


About the Author
Stephen J. Silverberg is nationally recognized as a leader in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, asset preservation planning, and elder law. He is a past president of the prestigious National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and a founding member and past president of the New York State chapter of NAELA.