- March 18, 2023
Pineapple BBQ Sauce Recipe
This pineapple BBQ sauce recipe is a tropical twist on a classic favorite that will have you dreaming of palm trees and sandy beaches with every delicious bite. Sweet and tangy pineapple perfectly balances the smoky, savory flavor of BBQ sauce, creating a flavor explosion that will have you coming back for more of this.
Why This Recipe Works:
Tangy & Smoky: My pineapple BBQ sauce recipe is so flavorful and absolutely delicious! The tangy flavors of the pineapple perfectly balance the smoky flavors of the paprika and savory seasonings! This might just be my favorite BBQ sauce and it is so much better than any of the bottled stuff.
Super Easy to Make: Homemade pineapple BBQ sauce (or any BBQ sauce, really), is actually so easy to make at home! You are going to mix together some ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry, and cook it down to get the pineapple nice and smooth and slightly caramelized! Once it is cooled, you can use it as a dip or marinade!
So Versatile: The best thing about sauce is you can use it as a dip or a marinade! I like using this BBQ sauce on grilled chicken, pork or ribs! You can also dip your fries in it!
- Cutting Board & Knife
My pineapple BBQ sauce recipe uses pantry staples to make a delicious homemade sauce! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ketchup: The base of BBQ sauce is actually ketchup. When mixed with all of the other ingredients you will have no idea that there is ketchup in it!
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness and a deeper, more caramel like flavor than regular sugar would lend.
- Honey: Honey also adds some sweetness!
- Worcestershire Sauce: Worcestershire sauce is tangy and packed with umami flavor that really makes the BBQ sauce stand out.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: For a bit of tang, I added apple cider vinegar. It helps to round out all of the flavors as well.
- Pineapple Juice & Diced Pineapple: You will need both pineapple juice and pineapple chunks to get maximum pineapple flavor!
- Salt & Pepper: Season to taste with salt and pepper. Salt will be needed to really balance everything out!
- Seasonings: Garlic Powder, Smoky Paprika and Cayenne make up the seasonings here. The smokey paprika is key to getting a good smoky flavor, and cayenne adds a bit of spice!
How To Make Pineapple BBQ Sauce:
- Prep the Pineapple: Finely chop up 1 cup of fresh pineapple. If using canned chunks, dice them up smaller. This will help the pineapple to cook down more quickly into the BBQ sauce.
- Combine Ingredients: In a medium-sized pot or saucepan over medium heat, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Then, combine the pineapple juice and pineapple chunks, and finally the spices, and whisk.
- Cook Down: Reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally. Let the sauce reduce down so that the pineapple becomes soft and breaks down and the sauce darkens in color and thickens for about 15 minutes.
- Store: Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Store in a glass jar or airtight container for up to 7 days.
What Can I Serve Pineapple BBQ Sauce On?
You can serve this pineapple BBQ sauce on so many things! Anything that you would put regular BBQ sauce on would be super delicious with pineapple BBQ sauce.
For starters, try it on grilled chicken, ribs, or even sauté some shrimp with this sauce! It would also be good with popcorn chicken or to dip fried chicken into. Give it a go and try it with some of my favorite recipes:
- Smoked Chicken Thighs
- Smoked Pulled Pork
- Pork Loin Roast
- Crispy Pork Belly
- Baby Back Ribs
- Grilled Ham Steaks
- Don’t like a chunky sauce? You can strain it after cooking it to get the chunks of pineapple out, or blend it up!
- Want it spicy? Feel free to add more cayenne pepper to the mix to make it spicier! Or, if you want it sweeter you can add extra brown sugar and honey!
- Don’t rush it! Let the sauce simmer for at least 15 minutes to make sure that the sugar can caramelize a bit and the pineapple can get super soft. This will really help with developing all those flavors!
- To store: Store the pineapple BBQ sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days!
More BBQ Sauce Recipes To Try:
- Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce
- Apricot BBQ Sauce
- Texas Mop Sauce
- Low Carb BBQ Sauce
- Carolina Style BBQ Mustard Sauce
- 1 cup Ketchup
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 3 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Pineapple Juice
- 1 cup Pineapple diced small
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Smoky Paprika
- 1/4 tsp. Cayenne
- Finely chop up 1 cup of fresh pineapple. If using canned chunks, diced them smaller.
- In a medium sized pot or saucepan over medium heat, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine.
- Then, add in the pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, and spices and whisk to combine.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally. Let the sauce reduce down so the pineapple becomes soft and breaks down and the sauce darkens in color and thickens, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Store in a glass jar or airtight container for up to 7 days.