I love a good pork butt. Love it. And yes, it's a little weird to eat a food that has the word butt in its name, but that is life (oh, butt and but, haha). Truth is, you can make this recipe with any old cut you'd like. I happen to love using pork butt for things other than pulled pork because I think it's a great cut and I love the flavor. But feel free to use center cut pork roast, pork loin, or pork tenderloin for this pineapple pork butt bowl. Heck, you could even use chicken if that's what floats your boat!
Marinating Proteins Creates Amazing Flavors
I love marinating things. Here's my philosophy: I cook a lot and eat a lot and I want to eat good food so I take the time to make good food. This is a commitment. When I make marinated food, this typically means I do a little prep the day before I cook something. This has the added benefit of lightening the load when cooking the next evening. I love this. There are so many marinade options, but I'd really been craving something with pineapple and coconut rice when I was testing this recipe. Pork is not chicken and pork (no matter the cut) is tougher than chicken. Another reason for the marinade: we need to tenderize this pork a bit before eating it.
Pineapple Pork Butt Bowl is Packed with Sweet & Savory Goodness
I've been getting into slightly sweet flavors with entrees lately. Anyone else love it a little sweet and a little savory? I did this recently with my dijon chicken with apples, leeks & fennel and it is so damn good. I'm doing it here again with my pineapple pork butt bowl and I am so pleased how this turned out. The savory-ness of the pork and soy flavors with the pineapple and coconut are crazy delicious. Some honey and brown sugar help highlight the sweet side of this as well and the result is just the right balance of sweet and savory goodness. And if you like a savory and sweet flavor profile with a spicy kick to it, you may be interested in my other pork butt stir fry with carrots and bok choy.