Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple

These grilled pineapple spears are coated in a buttery brown sugar cinnamon glaze that is caramelized with 3 simple ingredients and then grilled to perfection.  This will be one of the most amazing sides that you grill this summer!
Grilling outside is one of my favorite things to do! This grilled pineapple goes well with so many recipes of mine like this grilled honey mustard chickenhoney chipotle BBQ chicken or grilled honey balsamic chicken.
Pineapple spears grilled on a white plate stacked on top of each other.

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple

This caramelized brown sugar cinnamon grilled pineapple was the 4th recipe on the blog. As soon as I started my blog I had to put this recipe on it. We make this grilled pineapple every single time that we grill. It is to die for. It is my favorite and adds so much to any grilling or BBQ dish. With this quick and easy recipe you will be sure to have the MOST delicious pineapple and your family will be raving about it.
Have you ever been to Rodizio Grill? Then you know all about the amazing pineapple that they serve! I have been trying to make the amazing sauce that they drizzle over these, and I think I have it perfected. Using only 3 ingredients makes this brown sugar cinnamon glaze to die for. It is so simple to make and will whisk up quickly. Grilling only takes a few minutes and this grilled pineapple will complete any meal as a delicious side dish.
Pineapple cut into spears.

Pineapple Ingredients:

When I tell you that this is one of the best sides that you will grill this summer, it is no joke! It goes great with anything that you will grill and it will be the talk of the barbecue. I know that you will love this just as much as we did. It is truly a five star recipe!

  • Pineapple: The main ingredient turned into something spectacular.
  • Brown Sugar: Sweeten the sauce with brown sugar.
  • Butter: Melting the butter will help spread the glaze evenly.
  • Cinnamon: Adds a little sweetness with a hint of spice. Sprinkle some cinnamon overtop of the spears as well as adding it to the glaze.

How to Grill Pineapple:

The sauce is incredible. It is a buttery brown sugar cinnamon glaze. When the pineapple cooks on the grill, the sauce caramelizes and becomes absolutely incredible on top of these! The pineapple stays juicy and grills to perfection. You will be amazed with your first bite!

  1. Making the caramelized glaze: Lay the pineapple spears on a pan. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Whisk together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. (If it seems thick, I always put it in the microwave for a few seconds so that it can easily pour on top of the pineapple.)
  2. With a brush: Spread on top of the pineapple.
  3. Grilling pineapple: Grill for about 7-10 minutes or until it is starting to turn golden brown. I always like to brush the excess sauce from the pan back on top of the pineapple before serving.

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

Spray or wipe the grill before oil or use a grill pan to cook the pineapple on the grill.

Pineapple spears lined up in a white dish getting brushed with a caramelized glaze.

Variations of Glaze:

It is always fun to try new things and with pineapple it makes it even more delicious. Try these amazing flavors that also compliment the grilled pineapple.

  • Honey: Substitute the brown sugar for honey for a sweeter glaze or even half brown sugar and half honey.
  • Spicy: Add a little spice with chili powder or cayenne pepper in the glaze.
  • Coconut and Fruit Juice: This is a citrus favorite. Use lime, orange or lemon juice to infuse the pineapple with a bold citrusy flavor.
Pineapple spears on a grilling pan.

What to Serve with Grilled Pineapple:

This grilled pineapple is perfect as a side dish, adding it to salads or salsa. This pineapple tastes delicious once grilled and can be served so many ways.

  • Appetizer: Add some extra flavor to this pineapple cheese ball
  • Side Dish: Pineapple is sweet and subtle for any home cooked meal like this honey lime ginger pork or grilled flank steak.
  • Salad: This grilled mango and pineapple salad is perfect for adding in grilled pineapple.
  • Burger or Sandwich: Most burgers or sandwiches taste better with a citrus pineapple slice that is grilled up.
  • Salsa: Chop up the pineapple spears and add in some extra flavors to your salsa.
  • Topping: Pineapple topping with various ingredients added on top of steak, pork or chicken makes a great topping.
  • Stir Fry: Cook some rice and vegetables and add in grilled pineapple chunks for more sweet and citrusy texture and taste.
Pineapple stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

More Ways to Enjoy Pineapple:

Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits in the summer. Try these delicious recipes with pineapple this summertime.

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 Servings

Pineapple spears that get coated in a buttery brown sugar cinnamon glaze and caramelize on the grill! This will be one of the most amazing sides that you grill this summer!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword grilled pineapple, grilled pineapple recipes, pineapple


  • 1 pineapple cut into spears
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon


  1. Lay the pineapple spears on a pan. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Whisk together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. (If it seems thick, I always put it in the microwave for a few seconds so that it can easily pour on top of the pineapple.) Spread on top of the pineapple using a cooking brush.

  2. Grill for about 7-10 minutes or until it is starting to turn golden brown. I always like to brush the excess sauce from the pan back on top of the pineapple before serving.

Recipe Notes

Updated on May 9, 2020

Originally Posted on June 4, 2012

Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 189mg5%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 72mg87%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This makes it sounds like you have to cook this in a pan on the grill? I’ve never cooked in a pan on the grill … though I have used foil.

  2. Made last weekend! The cinnamon smelled wonderful while grilling! Smell brought neighbors out to find out what smelled so good! Shared all around! Neighbors and family agreed “Best pineapple they ever ate!” Big hit!

    1. Note: I cut the pineapple into 1/2 thick rings and marinated them in the sugar/cinnamon for about an hour before grilling. Pics on my FB page!

  3. Whooohoo! You wrote down so many exclamation marks that I just HAVE to make this come camping week (oh, in southern France. But they’ll eat it as a side to their grilled snails.)!



  4. I just found this on Pinterest. HOLY MOLY!!!!! This is awesome. This is going to be a regular on the menu at my house

    1. I think certainly this could be done. In fact, I use the side burner on my grill to get them started. Melt the butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar together in a large frying pan, then add the spears and get them cooking. I finish them on the grill to get the char marks, but you certainly wouldn’t have to. Just cook till glazed and tender. Another thing I’ve done is use the leftover liquid to mix with rice. Delicious!

  5. Do you have a good recipe for Honey Walnut Shrimp? The version from Panda Express is a little bland for my tastes.

    1. Yes! Pure coconut oil, brown sugar and toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on after grilling or pan searing. The best with grilled shrimp and Jasmine rice

  6. Question: Has anyone ever tried this recipe over a campfire? I am supposed to take an appetizer for our camping trip this weekend, and this looked fun! Trying to decide whether the campfire flavor would go with the pineapple or not.. ?

    1. So excited to try this tonight with your Huli Huli grilled chicken. Busy quarantining and trying new recipes because what else are we gonna do?? It all looks and sounds delicious!

  7. Hi Alyssa, This looks so interesting & tempting… Would like to know if you use salted or unsalted butter. Planning to cook these on my daughter’s bday.

    1. By the wsy, made it in an iron grill pan, but would be easier on a real grill as sugar tends to burn. I made it just before it started to burn in the slats, but still had the marks. It had started to rain, and I was all resdy to go to book club and hubs was not home yet to ho out and get messed up in the weather for me! Still tasted great, just be very csreful. You could try broiling, just no marks.

    1. Yes, baking would be great! I did have a comment that said they used a griddle to cook their pineapple on. There are a couple options for you if you would like. Hope that helps and you can enjoys these!! XOXO

  8. I wish I had seen this recipe sooner because these would be a great accompaniment to my Easter ham dinner!

    1. They can be but you will not get the real taste of it all and the grill marks from the oven. You would bake them on a sheet pan for 10 minutes rotating them so they don’t dry out. Again, it won’t be the same or taste the same as a grill for this recipe. Enjoy your pineapple!! XOXO

  9. Hi. Have you ever made ahead for a party? Can you store in fridge and eat cold or at room temp? I’m asking about the grilled pineapple.

      1. Alyssa, I just made grilled Pineapple on my Traeger grill and they are the best tasting fruit we have ever had. Had some left over and put them in the fridge until the next day. Served them cold and my wife thought tasted better cold than right off the grill. I must say I agreed with her.

    1. Yes, yes, yes! haha! It works either way! I like to either have them on a pan and cook over a grill but grilling them directly on the grill gets the best grill marks and taste. Also, wrapping them in a foil and putting them on the grill is great too and not as messy of a clean up. Hope you enjoy your pineapple! XOXO

  10. Woooow…..Homemade!!! It’s the only thing that taste good! And so easy to do…

    I think I will look for these and try your recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Dang Thai from Embeya !

  11. I seldom leave a review, but this grilled pineapple is to die for! I’m taking it to a family dinner tomorrow.

  12. 5 stars
    Double WOW. We cooked the pineapple on an applewood charcoal grill. It was out of this world. Hubby did an excellent job of getting the right amount of brown. Been a while since we had such a Wow experience with a new recipe.

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