These Grilled Apple and Pork Kabobs are a combination of simple ingredients that provide maximum flavor. Serve them over a bed of greens for a tasty Paleo and Whole30 summer meal.
Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with grilling apples. By simply brushing some apple slices with a little olive oil and tossing them on the grill, you can really amplify their sweetness.
That was my inspiration for these simple kabobs. I just paired some grilled apples with pork and onions (groundbreaking, I know) along with some spices that I always seem to have on hand.
But don’t let the humble ingredients fool you; these kabobs deliver on flavor. They are a delightful combination of sweet, spicy, and savory.
I can’t think of anything more perfect for grilling on a summer night.
What Cut of Pork is Best for Kabobs?
Pork tenderloin is really the cut of choice for kabobs because it cooks quickly while staying both tender and juicy.
If you don’t have tenderloin on hand, boneless loin chops would be the next best option. I would marinate it for a longer period of time (around 8 hours) to make sure the meat doesn’t dry out during grilling.
How to Make Grilled Apple and Pork Kabobs
Start by combining some olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayanne pepper, and sea salt together in a large bowl.
Add about 2 pounds of cubed pork tenderloin along with some chunks of apple and red onion to the bowl. Toss until everything is well coated.
Cover the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Meanwhile, if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
(I’ve found that the best vessel in which to soak skewers is a large baking dish, which I then drain and use to hold the kabobs).
Thread alternating pieces of pork, apple, and onion onto the skewers.
Preheat the grill to medium high and lightly oil the grate.
Grill the kabobs for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pork is cooked through and the apples are tender.
Garnish with a little chopped parsley and enjoy!
For another fun grilling recipe, check out these Lamb and Eggplant Sliders!
Grilled Apple and Pork Kabobs
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 pound firm apples cored and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 large red onion cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- Mix the olive oil, lime juice and spices together in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add the pork, apples, an onions and toss until well coated.
- Cover the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes, if using them.
- Thread alternating pieces of apples, onions, and pork on the skewers.
- Preheat the grill to medium high heat and oil the grate.
- Grill the skewers for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pork is cooked through and the apples are tender.
- Garnish with fresh parsley.
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