Looking for a healthier dessert? Try our Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple! Juicy, sweet pineapple with a brown sugar butter sauce that’s grilled to perfection.
Easiest Grilled Pineapple Recipe
Cade here! I used to believe that Tucanos made the best grilled pineapple, so I always wanted to know how to make Tucans grilled pineapple. And truth be told, they do make some pretty delicious pineapple. In fact, it’s awesome, but this grilled pineapple recipe is certainly the winner. In fact, with the brown sugar butter could it really be anything but amazing?
Butter, mmmmmmmmm. Alright, I absolutely agree that it’s a little wrong to slather a fresh, delicious on its own fruit with butter, but let’s be honest no one is complaining. Anyway, we go to Tucanos every year for my birthday (we actually go to Texas Roadhouse every year for Carrian’s too. It may not be our favorite in Utah, but both are traditions). We usually go with our good friends, Dallin and Savannah.
Anyway, that Tucanos grilled pineapple is pretty good, but it was definitely time to crack out the grill and make our own. Summer is not our only grilling time — no, we are year rounders. Even when it’s snowing we will run back and forth to the grill. And by we, I mean me. Carrian doesn’t go out in the snow. We love that smoky delicious flavor that comes from a grill!
What’s in Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple?
The ingredients list for these grilled pineapple slices is so simple:
- Fresh, ripe pineapple
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
Seriously, that’s it!
How to Tell if Your Pineapple is Ripe
To tell if a pineapple is ripe, smell the stem-end of the fruit to see if it smells sweet. You can also squeeze the pineapple to feel how firm it is. Ripe pineapples will give slightly under your fingers when you press down.
How to Grill Pineapple
Never made grilled fruit before? Don’t fret, it’s so easy! Here are the basic steps to mastering grilled pineapple:
- Mix the melted butter and brown sugar together.
- Grill the pineapple over a medium-high flame, turning once until it is fragrant and beginning to show grill marks.
- Remove the pineapple and immediately brush each side with with the butter mixture.
Should I Core the Pineapple?
No, we don’t core our pineapple when we grill it. It makes it a little firmer and easier to grill when you leave the core in.
How to Serve Grilled Pineapple
Grilled pineapple can be served as a side or as a dessert. Especially if you make this brown sugar grilled pineapple sundae. Try serving your pineapple next to a smoky grilled meat and the pineapple with its juicy sweetness will add a nice contrast to the meal. You could also add some grilled pineapple slices to the top of a hamburger!
Can I Use Canned Pineapple?
No, canned pineapple is often packed in heavy syrup, making it far too sweet for this grilled pineapple recipe. Plus, canned pineapple rings are quite thin and I think they’d fall apart on the grill.
Tips for Making Grilled Pineapple Slices
When stirring together the melted butter and brown sugar, note that it will take a bit of mixing to combine the two. Just keep stirring and it’ll come together!
Be careful not to burn the pineapple when grilling it. You’re looking for some grill marks to appear, but you don’t want to blacken the fruit.
Lastly, these grilled pineapple slices are best the day they’re made but you can certainly enjoy leftovers cold atop sundaes, burgers, and more!
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- Easy Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza
- Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Cups
- ALL OF OUR FRUIT DESSERTS!
Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
- 1 Fresh Pineapple, , peeled and sliced
- 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- In a bowl, melt the butter at 20-second increments in the microwave.
- Remove from the microwave and add the brown sugar, stirring quickly to evenly combine (it will take a minute to absorb the sugar).
- Heat a grill to medium high heat and add the pineapple, cooking for a few minutes or until grill marks begin to appear.
- Flip and cook again on the other side.
- Remove from the grill and quickly brush the butter brown sugar mixture over each side.
- Serve immediately.
- Note that we don't core our pineapple when we grill it. It makes it a little firmer and easier to grill when you leave the core in.
This seems incredible! Really like the inclusion of the sugar and also can not wait to serve that bean ice cream. Mmmm!
You’re going to love it!!
Ice been wanting to try a grilled pineapple chicken on a bun or a grilled pineapple burger…
This would be perfect for that!
This looked so good, I had to make it for our 4th of July cookout!
Yay! Thank you so much for the love!
This was incredible! I just grilled my first pineapple and added this glaze on it… to die for! Just had to go and blog about it: http://www.makegrowdo.com/2014/05/grilled-pineapple.html
Thanks for the recipe!!
now that’s an awful wasteful way of cutting a pineaple.
in Asian countries they usually just take a tiny amount of the peel off, then cut spirals in to remove the seeds:
much more resourceful, I find
YUM! I usually do grilled pineapple with a coconut and lime topping, but this looks delicious! Definetely going to have to try this variation. I love grilled pineapple in the summertime.
that sounds pretty amazing! I need your version!
Oh goodness, this looks fabulous! Can’t wait to get this on our grill 🙂
Nikki @Seeded at the Table
Can you believe I haven’t even picked up a fresh pineapple yet this year!? Glad you’re convincing me right before walking out the door to the store. LOVELY!
Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas
GIRL look at those grill marks!!! This pineapple looks awesome!
Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds
I was never a huge fan of warm fruits until I grilled a pineapple ring. I was seriously missing out. This looks delish.
totally. I never knew they could be so good!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
Wow, that looks so incredible!!
My grill broke at the end of last summer (BOO!) and I just bought a new one today. I think I might cook everything on it for months! Including this pineapple, looks delicious.
ugh, I hate when you have to replace things. Don’t appliances, cars etc know they are supposed to last forever?!
Nice idea with brown sugar and butter. Always ate grilled pineapple plain. That all changed after tonight. Excellent flavor!!!
thank you so much Gary!
Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste
This looks incredible! Love the addition of the brown sugar and can’t wait to serve this over vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!
Jen @ Savory Simple
Simple bold flavors, what’s not to love here?
This looks soooooo delish. Would it also work cooked on a grill pan on the stove instead of an actual grill? So wanting to try it.
Des @ Life’s Ambrosia
Yum! I have just recently discovered grilled pineapple and now I know exactly how I am going to make it next time I make it.
Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
I love, love grilled pineapple, especially with homemade coconut ice cream. Thx for reminding me!
ashley – baker by nature
Oh girl… I want this all over my ice cream AND on top of my burger!!! We’re all about grilling pineapple, but the whole brown sugar situation just takes this to whole new levels. I love.
Oh I can definitely get on board with this!
Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
And I was just about to head to the grocery store to pick up some pineapple. Now I just need to buy some more.
Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain
Gorgeous, Carrian! I can’t wait to make this recipe. It’s perfect for summer:)
So simple, yet so, so good! We love the grilled pineapple at tucanos too!
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
Oh baby! This is mouthwatering goodness. I would top barbecued chicken with chunks of this gorgeousness in a heartbeat!
I’ve been dying to try grilled pineapple and now I totally will!
sally @ sallys baking addiction
How could you not love this? Brown sugar, butter, pineapple. And thrown on the grill! Pineapple upside-down cake is my favorite dessert and the buttery/brown sugary pineapple reminds me of it!
I see nothing at all wrong with buttery, sugary fruit! This looks fabulous!
Seriously – if I had a pineapple right now, I just might be having this for breakfast!
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
We loved grilled pineapple. I definitely need to give this version a try.
I can just imagine how sweet and delicious pineapple is after grilling! I can’t wait to try this!
This is calling my name! I LOVE grilled pineapple, but then you went and caramelized it with brown sugar!? I am dying! So good looking!