Pineapple BBQ Sauce

A while back, I was making Bermuda Triangle Cocktails, which called for pineapple juice.  As I was shopping, I noticed that a large can of pineapple juice cost twice of what a can of crushed pineapple packed in pineapple juice cost.  I knew I was only making a few cocktails (I got about 5) so I decided to buy the crushed pineapple and drain off the juice for my cocktail.

But then I was left with crushed pineapple.  Yes, I could have eaten it (but I don’t really care for pineapple) or tossed it (but that goes against everything I believe in), so I decided to go hunting for recipes with pineapple.

I already had pulled pork on the menu this week, I was thrilled to find a pineapple-based BBQ sauce as an accompaniment.

This recipe is delicious and a great way to use up excess crushed pineapple that may come your way!

Sunday Funday

Homemade Sauces

Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Adapted from Out Grilling

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup crushed pineapple + ¼ cup juice from the can

⅓ cup ketchup

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon ground mustard

½ teaspoon salt

Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add the crushed pineapple and simmer for 5 minutes.  

Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Once cool, place in a blender and blend until smooth.  Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for one week or until ready to use.


  1. Pineapple is great for tenderizing the meat too. This sounds so flavorful.

  2. I LOVE pineapple so adding its tart sweetness to sauce for barbecue sounds like a winner to me! I could eat this with a spoon!

  3. I am a huge fan of pineapple. Would love to try this sauce with barbecued paneer or tofu.


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