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These quick and easy Hawaiian Pork Kabobs are full of bold flavors, and come together in under 30 minutes! The perfect back-to-school meal for busy families!
While I’m still in disbelief the beginning of the school year is just around the corner, I can’t help feeling just a little bit nostalgic whenever I walk past the school supply section at the store.
Despite feeling a little sad summer was over, when I was younger, I was always so giddy about the new school year, the possibilities it brought, and the new school supplies I got.
In case you couldn’t tell, I really liked school.
The week leading up to the big day was filled with meeting teachers, organizing my backpack, and planning the first week of school outfits (by week two, I was over it and sleep > fashion).
Between extracurriculars and my mom having to pick up 3 kids all at different times and places, school weeks were super busy.
And that was more years ago than I care to admit.
I’m sure it’s just as chaotic (if not more so) now, which can make the dinner hour oh-so-stressful.
Quick and easy dinner recipes, come here to me.
All right, since we were speaking of dinner, let’s talk kabobs.
In my experience, there really isn’t anything more fun than eating food on a stick. (Just let that sink in a minute.)
Between corn dogs and popsicles and kabobs, I think it’s safe to say that foods on sticks just taste better. High-fives, anyone? Anyone?
Considering how fun kabobs are, I don’t make (or eat) them nearly enough (guys, the travesty). Plus, they’re SO simple too!
These Hawaiian Pork Kabobs, from start to finish, come together in under 30 minutes. Quick and easy meets simple and flavorful.
All right, so these pork kabobs begin with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, which is the best way to get real flavor, real fast.
What makes these kabobs perfect for the busy back-to-school season is the fact that with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, the prep work is already done for you. Smithfield uses only the best cuts of pork (premium cuts and 100% fresh pork), and it’s slow marinated and seasoned already, making it the perfect dinner staple any night of the week!
For this recipe, I used a Smithfield Marinated Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Fresh Pork Loin Filet, which has this incredibly smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet pineapple and peppers.
All ingredients are alternately placed on the kabobs, the pineapple and veggies are brushed in just a bit of olive oil, and then they are grilled to perfection. The smokiness from the grill just enhances the amazing flavor of these Hawaiian Pork Kabobs.
Is it dinner yet??
- 2 pounds of Smithfield Marinated Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Fresh Pork Loin Filet (cut into 1” pieces)
- 2 cups pineapple (cut into 1” pieces)
- 1 large green bell pepper, cored (seeded) and cut into 1” pieces
- 1 large red bell pepper, cored (seeded) and cut into 1” pieces
- Olive oil, for brushing veggies
- Skewers (metal or bamboo)
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Skewer the pork and vegetables onto either metal skewers or bamboo skewers, making sure to alternate between pork, pineapple, and peppers. (I did pineapple, red bell pepper, pork, green bell pepper, and then repeated.)
Brush the veggies and pineapple with olive oil.
Grill skewers on heated grill, about 3-4 minutes per side. Rotate the skewers until all sides of the kabobs have been cooked evenly, and the pork is done.
*Notes: Your pieces do not need to be exactly 1”, you just want everything to be about the same size in order for everything to grill evenly. Additionally, if using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes, as this will prevent them from burning on the grill.
While I used Smithfield Marinated Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Fresh Pork Loin Filet, feel free to use any of Smithfield’s pork loin filets, sirloins, or tenderloin cuts, which can all be found at your local Kroger store:
- Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Tenderloin
- Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin
- Slow Smoked Mesquite Flavor Fresh Pork Loin Filet
- Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Sirloin