Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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This Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Recipe will blow your mind! Learn how easy it is to make your own condiments with this pineapple sauce recipe.



I love being able to make my own condiments when I want something special.

It’s always fun to be able to make something unique like my homemade pesto mayonnaise or my vanilla bean honey butter.

ingredients to make pineapple bbq sauce

Pineapple Barbecue Sauce

This pineapple bbq sauce works wonderfully with pulled pork in the crockpot. It’s really the only thing that needs to be done before you add the pork.

Or, if you’re having burgers on the grill, it takes only a few minutes to make a batch of this barbecue sauce with pineapple to top your burgers.

overhead shot of ingredients in a pan

How to make pineapple barbecue sauce

  1. Mix all of the ingredients except the cornstarch and hot water together in a small saucepan.
  2. Mix the cornstarch and water together.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan.
  5. Cook until it’s the desired thickness.
barbecue sauce with pineapple in a pan

Pineapple Sauce Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Balance the sweetness: Canned pineapple can still be quite sweet, so it’s important to balance it with other ingredients like ketchup or citrus juice.

    Taste as you go and adjust the flavors to your liking.
  • Experiment with different spices: Adding spices like smoked paprika, cumin, and chili powder can give your pineapple bbq sauce a unique depth of flavor.
  • Add some heat. Sprinkle in some red pepper flakes to make the barbecue sauce with pineapple a little spicy. Add as much or as little as you’d like.
spoon with pineapple bbq sauce

Pineapple BBQ Sauce Recipe FAQs

Why is my barbecue sauce with pineapple too thick?

If your sauce is too thick, it’s not a problem. All you need to do is add a little bit more pineapple juice to the saucepan.

Why is my barbecue sauce too thin?

If your pineapple bbq sauce is not thick enough, whisk some cold pineapple juice with a bit of cornstarch and add that to your saucepan.

Why does my bbq sauce have lumps?

Did you add the cornstarch directly to the saucepan? Never add dry cornstarch directly to hot liquids. Always mix it with a cold liquid until it is smooth, then add it to the hot mixture.

What can I do with pineapple barbecue sauce?

If you’d like a few ideas of what you can do with this sauce, why not try it in one of these recipes.

So full of flavor and tender, this Smoked Pork Butt is cooked long and slow for the most amazing smoked pork shoulder ever. Try it today.

Bourbon Barbecue Pork Baby Back Ribs are the perfect centerpiece at your barbecue or summer get-together. Make this melt-in-your-mouth recipe today.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is a simple recipe that is wonderfully juicy, exploding with flavor, smothered with spices, oven seared then simmered in the crockpot until it is melt-in-your-mouth-tender.

Take your pulled pork to the next level with these
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches! They are the perfect combination of tangy and sweet with a pineapple barbecue sauce that will rock your world!!!

How do you make bbq sauce taste better?

I love the way this pineapple barbecue sauce tastes. But, if you want to add even more flavor to your pineapple bbq sauce recipe, you can add a few of these to it.

Onion powder
Worcestershire sauce
Yellow mustard

Storing Pineapple BBQ Sauce

The easiest way to store this sauce if you have leftovers is to pour it into a jar with a tightly fitting lid. I often use Mason jars for this reason.

It will stay good for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. When you want to use the rest of it, just heat it up slowly in a saucepan.

If you want to keep this for longer than a few days, just transfer it to a freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. Then, you can freeze it for up to three months.

When you want to use it again, let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Then, heat it slowly on the stove. Or, brush it on your choice of meat.

More homemade barbecue sauce recipes

If you enjoyed my pineapple barbecue sauce, why not try one of these next!

What is a season of grilling without your own signature BBQ sauce? We keep coming back to use this sauce again. It is amazing!

KC BBQ Sauce boasts multiple layers of heat and sweet! Check out my very own version of this favorite Kansas City BBQ Sauce.

Simple Barbecue Ranch Sauce sauce is really simple and perfect for dipping or topping your favorite burgers, the Simple Barbecue Ranch Sauce is creamy and has a nice cooling element to it.

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pineapple barbecue sauce over pulled pork

Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Donna Elick
Looking for a pineapple barbecue sauce recipe? Learn how easy it is to make your own condiments with this barbecue sauce recipe.
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian
Method Stovetop
Servings 4 about 2 cups


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons hot water


  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Add cornstarch and water.
  • Cook until desire thickness.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 227cal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 594mg | Sugar: 50g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published March 2021, updated and republished March 2023

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  1. I LOVE all your recipes!!!! I literally chose what I am going to cook that day from what pops up in my email (5 am riser here). Trying your ginger beef tonight! Gonna work on those egg rolls soon. Lol

    1. Thanks for being such a loyal TSRI fan, Brenda. We’re so happy we can bring great recipe to your kitchen. 🙂

      TSRI Team member,

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t think of making my own barbecue sauce, but this one was out of this world! The flavor in it was amazing.

  3. 5 stars
    I follow you on FB, and I love all of your recipes! I can now add this to my list. I left out the cayenne because we don’t do “spicy” around here, so it’s a sweeter flavor. I baked it on some boneless chicken breasts and it was DELICIOUS!!

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