This grilled pineapple recipe is a summertime showstopper!

Spears of pineapple are brushed with a butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon glaze and grilled just until the sugar is caramelized.

It’s a tropical treat that can be served as a tasty side dish or a tangy dessert!

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Perfectly Grilled Pineapple

  • Grilled pineapple is a must-have for BBQs, and picnics, and can even be made ahead and enjoyed cold as a healthy snack on road trips!
  • Versatile pineapple can be cut into spears, slices, or threaded onto skewers to create a new recipe every time!
  • Sweet and tart grilled pineapple goes with anything from pork chops to chicken and shrimp to salmon!
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Ingredients and Variations

Pineapple – Look for firm, ripe, sweet-smelling pineapples. Frozen or canned pineapple works, but will likely come in chunks or slices. If using canned, drain it thoroughly (save the juice for smoothies or cocktails).

Butter – Butter can be switched out for olive, coconut, or avocado oil if desired.

Sugar – Brown sugar caramelizes fruit well because it helps retain moisture and adds a smoky, toffee-like flavor. Maple syrup or honey can be used to get the same result.

Variations – Mix in a little cayenne pepper for a spicy kick or some gingerbread spice for an extra aromatic option. A splash of Malibu Rum and a sprinkle of coconut will add even more layers of flavor!

How to Cut Pineapple For Grilling

  1. Cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple.
  2. Stand the pineapple up on the bottom end on a cutting board. Slice off the outside skin, rotating the pineapple around. (Placing the pineapple on a clean towel will keep it from sliding around on the cutting board.)
  3. Cut the pineapple vertically in half, then cut each half again into 4 quarters.
  4. Trim away the hard core from each of the quarters and then cut each quarter in half to make 8 spears.

Mini Grilled Pineapple Spears

Got a crowd to feed? Make mini spears by cutting them in half horizontally once more for a total of 16 pieces!

If pineapple spears are threaded onto wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for about 15-30 minutes so they don’t burn on the grill.

How to Grill Pineapple

  1. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl, as described in the recipe below. Brush sauce over all sides of each spear.
  2. Grill for 3-5 minutes or until grill marks appear.
  3. Serve warm with remaining sauce, if any.
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  • Keep leftover grilled pineapple in a zippered bag in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Enjoy it cold or reheat it under the broiler with a sprinkle of brown sugar, if desired.
  • Serve it with homemade no-churn ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Make kabobs using leftover meat, pineapple, bell peppers, and a brush of teriyaki or sweet and sour sauce.
  • Leftover pineapple can also be chopped up and added to salsa or even as a flavorful garnish on a blue Hawaiian cocktail.
  • Freeze chunks of pineapple for smoothies or to enjoy as a refreshing snack!
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Fun Fact:

Frozen pineapple bits make excellent dog treats on a hot day!

Grilled Side Dishes

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Grilled Pineapple

Enjoy the tropical taste of summer with this grilled pineapple recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Candace



  • Preheat grill to high heat, about 375-400F˚.

Cut Pineapple into Spears

  • Cut off both ends of the pineapple.
  • Place the pineapple on one end and slice off the outside skin, rotating the pineapple on the cutting board.
  • Cut the pineapple in half lengthways, and cut each half in half again to make 4 quarters.
  • Trim the hard center core of the pineapple on each of the quarters.
  • Cut each quarter in half lengthways to create 8 spears.

Grill Pineapple

  • Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and mix to combine.
  • Use a silicone brush or pastry brush to cover all sides of the spears with the glaze.
  • Place basted pineapple spears on grill for 3-5 minutes per side or until grill marks appear and pineapple is slightly tender.
  • Place grilled spears on a plate. Brush with remaining sauce if any. Serve warm.


  • If you choose to use skewers for your grilled pineapple, be sure to soak skewers in water for at least 15 minutes before threading the pineapple on.
  • Place cooled grilled pineapple into a zippered bag and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat grilled pineapple under the broiler with a sprinkle of brown sugar, for a minute.
  • Use leftover grilled pineapple to make kabobs, chop it up and add it to salsa or to a fruit smoothie.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 134 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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