Grilled Pineapple with Sweet Maple Syrup Glaze

The best grilled pineapple recipe! Pineapple spears are marinated in a maple butter cinnamon sauce, then grilled on the BBQ to a sweet, smoky perfection!

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Grilled pineapple is the new light and delicious dessert you have been looking for! Maple syrup, brown sugar, and salted butter combine to make a mouthwatering glaze on fresh pineapple that is to die for. Once you add a little smoky goodness from grilling it on the BBQ, it’s perfection!

Grilled Pineapple slices on a while plate

This sweet treat also doesn’t have to be saved for dessert, make this as a side with my grilled teriyaki chicken, chicken breasts made with my BBQ chicken marinade, or my baked teriyaki chicken. (I am definitely hinting that this goes great with chicken dishes!)

Perfectly Sweet & Smoky Grilled Pineapple

If you love pineapple, you have to try this recipe this summer! This was a hit with my son and I, Mr Magpie ate a piece (he doesn’t even like pineapple but grudingly admitted that it was pretty good. For pineapple.) and my daughter didn’t touch it, of course. This is something that I would serve up when hosting guests for a casual BBQ on a nice hot summer day.

How To Cut Pineapple

Pineapple isn’t always the easiest to cut and you have two choices here. Spears will allow you to take out the core of the pineapple before you eat it, but they can fall apart on the grill. Circles will stay together on the grill but then you have to eat around the core. The choice is up to you!

  1. Lay the pineapple on it’s side on a cutting board.
  2. Slice off the top and the bottom of the pineapple.
  3. Stand the pineapple up on the cut bottom on the cutting board.
  4. Slice the pineapple skin off, getting as close as you can to getting the little “eyes” out as possible, but not wasting the fruit.
  5. Take the end of the knife and cut the eyes out (the little remaining spots of skin that are indented)
  6. For slices, lay the pineapple on it’s side again, and slice into rings of desired thickness. Remove the core with a knife or a small biscuit cutter.
  7. For spears, cut the pineapple in half. Take each half and slice it into three equal pieces. Remove the core from each piece with a knife.
Grilled Pineapple slices on a while plate

Pineapple Glaze Ingredients

This is a really easy glaze to mix up, and trust me when I say that adding a little heat to it makes all the difference! Feel free to play around with this recipe as you see fit! The main ingredients are:

  • brown sugar – this helps the outside of the pineapple carmelize
  • salted butter  – the butter gives this a nice richness and you MUST have the salt it makes all the difference taste-wise
  • maple syrup – my little Canadian secret to everything 😉
  • cinnamon – the perfect addition that makes this taste like a dessert!
  • red pepper flakes – sweet heat is the best!

pineapple slices and marinade inside a large sealing plastic freezer bag

How to Grill Pineapple

This is the easiest thing I’ve ever BBQ’d!

  • Prepare your pineapple
  • Mix together the marinade
  • Combine the marinade and the pineapple in a large sealing plastic freezer bag
  • Marinate for 1-2 hours
  • Grill on the BBQ until done
  • Serve and enjoy!
fork holding a piece of Grilled Pineapple slice

Pineapple’s Bromelain Enzyme & Sore Stomachs

It’s extremely common for people not to be able to eat raw pineapple, and I am one of them! If you get terrible stomach aches when you eat raw pineapple, the culprit is the enzyme named bromelain, however luckily for us pineapple lovers if you cook or heat the pineapple up, it destroys the enzyme and we get to enjoy it! I ate 4 spears all by myself and was totally fine. Just make sure that you cook the pineapple until really hot, and really soft! This is, of course, a personal choice, if you have a pineapple allergy, don’t eat it!

What to Serve With Grilled Pineapple

This is a fantastic side dish or an appetizer (simply cut it into pieces and serve with toothpicks!) any time of year, but it really is perfect for the summer!

pina colada cocktail using a pineapple wedge as a garnish, with a large whole pineapple beside it

Cocktails to Use Grilled Pineapple With

You can also use it as an edible garnish on one of our fantastic cocktail recipes!  Since I can’t actually have the raw pineapple, this makes for the PERFECT alternative!! Grill it up and then place it into the freezer. Slice it frozen and use it as a wedge garnish instead of raw!

I am not even kidding, I am eating this ALL SUMMER. It’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s an incredible healthy choice and with that said, I’m going to eat it over vanilla ice cream LOL! Seriously, that is happening. Hot diced grilled pineapple placed on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Holy. Dinah. If you want to make it dairy free you can skip the butter, fool around with the recipe as you see fit!

Happy cooking!



Grilled Pineapple with Sweet Maple Syrup Glaze

The best grilled pineapple recipe! Pineapple spears are marinated in a maple butter cinnamon sauce, then grilled on the BBQ to a sweet, smoky perfection!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 large pineapple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • pinch cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes


  • Prepare your fresh pineapple in spears or circles.
  • Mix together your marinade ingredients.
  • Place the pineapple and the marinade into a large sealing plastic freezer bag. Marinate for 1-2 hours before making. ( you don't have to refrigerate, just leave it on the counter like you leave butter on the counter.)
  • PReheat your BBQ or grill to 350°F
  • Place the pineapple onto the grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, grilling until there are nice blackened grill marks on each side and the pineapple is soft.
  • Remove and place on a plate. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • The nutitional calculator includes ALL of the marinade, most of which is discarded. The calories etc are WAY less on this!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 306mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 306IU, Vitamin C: 108mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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The best grilled pineapple recipe! Pineapple spears are marinated in a maple butter cinnamon sauce, then grilled on the BBQ to a sweet, smoky perfection!

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Jillian says

    I love pineapple so I had to try this, and it sounded like a recipe I could handle, and boy did I! It was so delicious, and not a side dish, she was the main event in my life that night! lol. Anyway, I love this recipe and will be making it all year round hopefully. Printing recipe now!5 stars

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