Grilled Pineapple is a refreshing side to make for your next BBQ. These pineapple spears are grilled and then covered in a brown sugar glaze.

Grilled Pineapple Spears on a white platter
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Healthy, delicious and flavorful these grilled pineapple should be made every time you grill. These pineapple make a delicious dessert or side dish that everyone will love.

You might also like to try our Grilled Pineapple Rings Recipe, Grilled Mango, Grilled Apples, Grilled Bananas, Grilled Tomatoes and Grilled Watermelon which is great when you don’t have fresh pineapple with you

How to Choose a Pineapple

When we are picking out a pineapple, we usually get them from the grocery store. To find the sweetest, juiciest pineapple we recommend purchasing your pineapple during March until July.

Most grocery stores have them available year round you can even find them already cut.

The pineapple shell should be firm but slightly soft with a bit of give when you squeeze it.

How to Cut a Pineapple for Grilling

Pineapple is the easiest to grill when it is cut into spears or pineapple rings about ½ inch thick. This allows you to easily handle them and provides a good surface for grilling.

  • Begin Peeling Pineapple – We start by cutting off of the top with a sharp knife and being peeling the skin off the pineapple.
  • Cutting Pineapple in Spears – Once you have peeled the outer skin, now cut the pineapple in half and into fourths. Then begin slicing each section into fourths. Depending on the size of your pineapple you should get about 10 pieces.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - pineapple, brown sugar, butter

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Recipe Variations

  • Honey – A good substitute for brown sugar is honey for a hint of sweetness. We love adding fresh honey with the butter, because of the health benefits. You also do half honey and half brown sugar. You can also drizzle with maple syrup or caramel syrup.
  • Spicy – If you love to add a little kick to the pineapple, sprinkle some cayenne pepper or chili pepper into the glaze.
  • Citrus Flavor – For added citrus flavor, you can squeeze in fresh lime juice or lemon into the glaze.
  • Other Spices – Other spices that are delicious is chili powder or cinnamon.

How to Grill Pineapple 

  • Step 1 – Prepare Grill – Cut the pineapple slice into thick slices and preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F.).  Rub the grates with canola oil so that the pineapple does not stick to the grates. 
  • Step 2 – Melt Brown Sugar Glaze – Mix the melted butter and brown sugar together in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. 
A plate of pineapple spears and a bowl of brown sugar glaze
  • Step 3 – Mix Glaze until Combined – Then whisk together to make sure that the brown sugar is combined into the butter and has a thin consistency. 
Mixing the brown sugar glaze
  • Step 4 – Heat the Pineapple – Cook the pineapple spears for 5-6 minutes (flipping halfway through the cook time) until both sides of the pineapple are browned.  Place directly on the grill or on a grill pan.
Grilling pineapple spears
  • Step 5 – Brush the Pineapple with mixture – Then brush the brown sugar mixture onto the pineapple spears with a basting brush.  Cook for 2-3 minutes per side. The sugar caramelizes as it grills and enhances the grill marks.
Basting pineapple spears
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove the pineapple from the grill.  Serve warm and enjoy!  

How Long to Grill Pineapple

Once you have cut your pineapple into spears and preheated the grill, place your spears on the grill. Heat them on the grill for about 5 to 6 minutes. Flip the pineapple about half way through cooking time until brown.

After the Pineapple is browned, add the Brown Sugar Glaze. Make sure to wait to brush the brown sugar mixture onto the pineapple. As it could cause it to burn if brushed on right when the pineapple is placed on the grill. 

Grilled Pineapple Spears on a white platter

What to Serve with Grilled Pineapple?

  • Teriyaki Chicken – Teriyaki Chicken with rice and a side of Grilled Pineapple is the perfect combination.
  • Salsa – If you are making fresh salsa, mix in some chopped grilled pineapple. This would be perfect for you only had a few spears leftover.
  • Tacos – Top your favorite taco recipe with some fresh grilled pineapple.
  • Ice Cream – Top your favorite vanilla ice cream with grilled pineapple.
Grilled Pineapple Spears on a white platter

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. 

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Grilled Pineapple

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Grilled Pineapple is a refreshing side to make for your next BBQ. These pineapple spears are grilled and then covered in a brown sugar glaze.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 281

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Cut the pineapple into thick spears and preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F.).  Rub the grill grates with oil so that the pineapple does not stick to the grates.
  • Mix the melted butter and brown sugar together in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.  Then whisk together to make sure that the brown sugar is combined into the butter and has a thin consistency.
  • Grill the pineapple spears for 5-6 minutes (flipping halfway through the cook time) until both sides of the pineapple are browned.  Then brush the brown sugar mixture onto the pineapple spears with a basting brush.  Cook for 1-2 more minutes per side.
  • Remove the pineapple from the grill.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to wait to brush the brown sugar mixture onto the pineapple as it could cause the pineapple to burn if brushed on right when the pineapple is placed on the grill. 
Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 281kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 1g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 128mg, Potassium 193mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 33g, Vitamin A 560IU, Vitamin C 72mg, Calcium 39mg, Iron 1mg

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