Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple

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!
This Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon 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 pineapple every single time that we grill. It is to die for.
The problem was when I started the blog, I only expected my mom to read it. Maybe some friends and neighbors. I didn’t intend for it to grow like it has. So being the very naive person that I was, I just googled an image and put it on the post. Ha! That is such a huge no no! But really. I didn’t think anyone would be reading my blog! So it was time to finally take my own pictures of the post so that I could share with you this AMAZING recipe!
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.


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!


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!

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple

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.
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 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.. ?

  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 !

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