Sweet and Smoky Bacon Wrapped Piña (Paleo, AIP-friendly)

This is a paleo adaptation from a recipe I saw online that uses sugar. I found the replacement to be exquisite! Impress friends and family by bringing this to the next potluck you go to.

BONUS – if your pineapple is not perfectly fresh, the roasting process will bring out its sweetness!

Sweet and Smoky Bacon Wrapped Piña

  • 1 package of your favorite bacon (sliced pork belly can work really well if AIP bacon is unaccessible)
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp smoked hot paprika
  • Toothpicks

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut bacon in half.

Cube pineapple into bite sized chunks.

Mix maple syrup, molasses and paprika in a small dish. Using a silicon basting brush, brush both sides of a bacon slice lightly with molasses mixture.

Wrap the bacon around a pineapple chunk and spear with a toothpick to hold in place. Repeat with bacon and pineapple until you run out of bacon.

Line the bacon wrapped piña onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn pina over, removing the toothpick if needed, to caramelize the other side. Cook for 5-10 minutes longer.

Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Hot pineapple is HOT and can burn your mouth fiercely.

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