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Paleo Balls of Fire

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs Ground Pork
  • 15 oz Crushed Pineapple 1 can
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper divided (I like mine spicy so feel free to dial this back)
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ginger ground
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 small Jalapeños minced
  • 2 Eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups Shredded Coconut roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line two large baking sheets with foil. Set aside. 

  2. In a large skillet, add coconut. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. 

  3. Drain pineapple, saving the juice. Press the pineapple in a sieve to remove the excess juice. Add the pineapple pulp to a large bowl.

  4. Add remaining 1 tsp cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, jalapeños, eggs and pork to the bowl with the pineapple. Mix well {I use my hands}. 

  5. Prepare an assembly line of reserved pineapple juice, bowl of coconut milk and the pan of coconut. Scoop pork mixture in 1 Tbsp amounts and dip in pineapple juice and then coconut milk. Roll in the spiced coconut and place on prepared pan. Repeat for all of the pork mixture.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and try not to eat an entire pan.

Recipe Notes

  • So a small warning: As I mentioned above, I like mine spicy. If you want to cut back on the spice some, feel free to reduce the cayenne pepper. You can also drop back to just one jalapeño too. Otherwise, enjoy the fire :)