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Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Pineapple BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce for grilling chicken, shrimp or pork. Full of crave-worthy flavors that you just can’t get enough of.

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Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Our Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is our go to for grilling but sometimes we crave something differnt. This easy bbq sauce starts with a jar of pineapple preserves and comes together in about 10 minutes.

If you like making your own bbq sauce, this is a simple and delicious to use as a grilling sauce or as a dipping sauce.

Years ago, we owned our own barbecue sauce company and creating new products was always our favorite challenge. It’s still fun to get in the kitchen and experiment with new flavor combinations.

The combination of pineapple, ginger and garlic gives complex flavor to this homemade barbecue sauce and makes this it the perfect compliment to grilled meats.

Ingredients for Pineapple BBQ Sauce

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  • Olive Oil
  • Minced Garlic
  • Pineapple Preserves
  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Dry Mustard
  • Ground Ginger
  • Kosher Salt
  • Chili Flakes – adds just a hint of spice.

If you haven’t tried pineapple preserves before, you will find them in the grocery isle with all of the jams and jellies. It makes the perfect base for this sauce with little pineapple chunks for texture. If you can’t find pineapple preserves, pineapple juice thickened with corn starch or blended fresh pineapple would work too.

How to Make Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Olive oil and garlic in a saucepan
  1. Add olive oil to a saucepan with minced garlic. Cook over low heat for about 2 minutes.
Pan with pineapple preserves, ketchup, brown sugar and spices
  1. Add pineapple preserves, brown sugar, cider vinegar, dry mustard, ground ginger and salt. 
ketchup, worcestershire sauce in pineapple preserves for bbq sauce
  1. Mix in ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
Pan of pineapple bbq sauce
  1. Whisk to combine and raise to medium heat  and bring to a boil.
Boiling pineapple bbq sauce in a pan
  1. Cook 2 minutes and remove from heat.chili flakes in pan of pineapple bbq sauce
  1. Stir in chili flakes. 
jar and small glass cup of pineapple bbq sauce on a black tray.
  1. Store in an airtight container or mason jars in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

How Long will Homemade Sauce Keep?

If refrigerated in an airtight container, pineapple bbq sauce will stay fresh up to 3 months. You may need to stir before using. 

More Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipes to Try

  • Jalapeño Peach BBQ Sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce for grilling chicken breasts, pork sandwiches, beef and shrimp. 
  • Apricot BBQ Sauce is sweet and tangy. Great for grilling ribs, pork chops or chicken wings.  The kids are loving for dipping chicken strips and french fries.
  • Orange BBQ Sauce  is seriously delicious on grilled pork chops, chicken, pork ribs or burgers. A reader favorite that gets rave reviews.
  • Peach BBQ Sauce is sweet and delicious for chicken, pork chops and crazy good over baby back ribs.

Why You Will Love this Pineapple BBQ Sauce

  • Simple Ingredients: This spicy pineapple bbq sauce is made with pantry staples along with pineapple preserves. It comes together in just a few minutes and can be made ahead. It stores well in the refrigerator for weeks.
  • Great for Grilling Season: If you like to try new recipes, this is a good sauce to add to your favorite burgers, pork tenderloin or favorite meats on the grill. 
  • Perfect for Pineapple Lovers: If you have been wanting a Hawaiian BBQ Sauce for your summer cookouts, this tropical twist is a great addition to your regular bbq sauce list.

We have made this pineapple bbq sauce twice in the last week, we just can’t get enough of it. We used it to make grilled Pineapple BBQ Pork Chops and Pineapple Shrimp. Both were crazy delicious meals.

This sweet and tangy sauce reminds me a bit of sweet chili sauce and would be fantastic for dipping egg rolls or popcorn chicken. 

small sauce cup with pineapple bbq sauce with a spoon.

If you love trying new barbecue sauces, give this easy Pineapple BBQ Sauce a try. It will add new and delicious flavors to your next meal on the grill!

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Pineapple BBQ Sauce in a small jar with a spoon.
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Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Pineapple BBQ Sauce is a sweet and tangy homemade sauce that is great for grilling chicken, pork or shrimp. It's also the best dipping sauce for your favorite deep fried foods.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit based bbq sauce, Hawaiian bbq sauce, pineapple barbecue, sweet and tangy bbq sauce, sweet dipping sauce
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 18 ounces Pineapple Preserves
  • cup ketchup
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes


  • Drizzle olive oil into a saucepan and add minced garlic. Cook over low heat about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in pineapple preserves, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, ground ginger and salt.
  • Raise heat to medium and whisk until well combined. Bring mixture to a boil and cook 2 minutes, whisking often.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in chili flakes.
  • Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 months.



Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g

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    1. Hi Jacqui,
      Scroll to the very bottom or use the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the post and it will take you right to the recipe card.

  1. perfect way to use my homemade pineapple preserves, doubled the pepper flakes as we like things spicy, absolutely delicious, thank you