Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

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Oooooo weeeeeee! Y’ALL! I’m so excited to share this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple recipe! I have been wanting to try grilling pineapple for quite some time, but it just never happened. Either I was too lazy to do it, or opted to simply eat it fresh.

The last two pineapples I purchased fermented pretty quickly, so when I finally found a pineapple that was golden in color and smelled sweet from the outside, I knew I had to make this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple recipe.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

If you’re like me, you may be wondering why in the world you would want to make something that’s already sweet even sweeter. Well folks, I don’t have the answer for you… all I can say is don’t knock it ’til you try it! I too was skeptical, but now I’m a believer!

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple:

  • Fresh Pineapple
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vegan Butter
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Mint (for garnish- optional)
Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

How to Make Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

Making this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple is really easy. As you might notice, the brown sugar mixture only contains four ingredients. You’ll start by cutting up your pineapple as you wish. You can cut them into spears or in circles. I’ve done both and it’s really just a matter of preference.

Once your pineapple is cut, you can begin mixing together the ingredients to make the brown sugar mixture. In a container large enough to fit all of the pineapple pieces, place them inside then pour the mixture over top and allow the pineapple to marinate for at least 15-30 minutes.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

You can use a spoon or baster to continue coating the pieces that need a little extra. Just before the pineapple is finished marinating, you can go ahead and preheat your grill so that it’s ready to go! It’s important to make sure that the grill is good and hot for the best results!

Once the pineapple is finished marinating, you’re ready to transfer them to the grill to begin cooking. Be sure your grill has been cleaned prior to putting them on the grates.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

Clean grates will help to keep the pineapple from potentially sticking and avoid any caked on bits from previous foods that were cooked on the grill. I get the best results when I allow the pineapple to cook for 5-6 minutes on each side at around 350 – 400 degrees.

How to Choose the Right Pineapple

Choosing the right pineapple is something I’ve struggled with, but have recently gotten a lot better at! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, the last two pineapples I purchased fermented in just a few days of sitting on the counter. As you can imagine I was CRUSHED when I cut into them only to find out they were no good.

Ripe Pineapple

Determined not to make the same mistake a third time, I decided to do a little research so that I could know for certain how to pick out the best pineapple. It turns out that it’s all about the color and smell! When choosing a pineapple, try to get one that’s mostly yellow in color.

After I thought about it this made perfect since because whenever you see illustrations of pineapple they’re yellow! A lot of the pineapples I had been purchasing prior to this were mostly green. They smelled vaguely sweet on the bottom, but not really too fragrant.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

If you can’t find a pineapple that’s mostly yellow, try turning the pineapple upside down and smelling the base. If the base of the pineapple smells sweet, it’s ready to take home! If it doesn’t smell like much of anything, leave it at the store!

In short, try to look for one that’s mostly yellow in color, fragrant and minimal brown spots on the outside. I’ve found the most success with this by visiting my local produce stand (Perkins Orchard).

What to Eat with Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapples

There are a lot of different ways to enjoy this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple dish, but one of my favorite ways is to eat it alongside some vegan vanilla ice cream. It’s the perfect match! In addition, it’s great on its own. I could seriously eat a whole batch of these and not even think twice.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

In addition, I think it’s perfect for anything where you want that sweet and spicy combination, like tacos or a spicy vegan chik’n sandwich.

Tips For Making the Best Vegan Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple:

  • Give your pineapple enough time to marinate. Don’t rush the process!
  • Short on time or can’t find a good pineapple? Try a fresh pre-cut pineapple from your local grocery store
  • Preheat your grill. It’s important that your grill is heated properly before adding your pineapple to the grates. This will help them to cook better and ensure the timing is accurate. If you’re using charcoal, you’ll probably want to start it up when you have about 15 minutes left for your pineapple to marinate. For gas, you can preheat it a little closer to when you’re ready to start grilling!
  • Don’t overcook it! It’s important to make sure that you’re not leaving these on the grill too long for obvious reasons. A little char is good, but we don’t want them to taste burnt, now do we?!
Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

How to Store Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

This dish is best served fresh for obvious reasons, but you can typically enjoy this dish for 2 more days from the initial cooking day. Just be sure to store your Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple in an airtight container and refrigerate.

I know you’ll love this Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple recipe. It’s super easy to make and it’s the perfect way to wow your friends and put them onto something new! Not to mention, they smell amazing! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

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This post was updated 6/23/22

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Easy Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple [+VIDEO]

This Easy Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple is the perfect addition to your summer cookout lineup! Fresh pineapple marinated in a brown sugar mixture and grilled to perfection!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Brown Sugar, Pineapple
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 medium fresh pineapple cut into preferred shape
  • fresh mint for garnish (optional)

Brown Sugar Mixture


  • Whisk together the ingredients for the brown sugar mixture in a small bowl.
    ¼ cup vegan butter, 4 tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 pinch nutmeg, 1 pinch sea salt
  • Transfer the cut pineapple pieces to a large container and spread the brown sugar mixture over the pineapple, making sure to coat each piece. Cover and set aside for at least 15-30 minutes.
    1 medium fresh pineapple
  • Towards the end of the marinating time, preheat your grill to 350° -400° (be sure to clean the grates so that they are free of residue).
  • Once heated, evenly space the pieces of pineapple onto the grill and cover.
  • Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes (may vary depending on grill temperature).
  • Once all pineapple has finished cooking, remove them from the grill and transfer them to a serving dish. Garnish with additional cinnamon and fresh mint (optional) and enjoy!
    fresh mint


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  1. 5 stars
    We threw some pineapple on the grill tonight, and I’m so glad we did! It took little to no time to prep, and my husband’s face on first bite was exactly what you hope for.

    I’m also honestly so grateful for the notes on what to look for in pineapple since I often get it wrong. This helped us get it oh-so-right!

  2. 5 stars
    Perfect recipe to end a barbecue feast on a sweet note – so easy to make and very delicious!! Will be making it again this weekend (might splash a little rum on top this time eheh)!!! Thank you!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was such a hit with my family! I can’t believe how easy it was and how delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This grilled pineapple is my favorite way to eat the fruit now! We had a fresh pineapple that needed to be used. When my husband made some ribs the other day, I looked up a recipe and read across this one! Definitely going to be making it again!

  5. 5 stars
    I love the carmelization that takes place when you cook the pineapple with brown sugar. I actually put mine in some yogurt and it was SO delish.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! What a dessert! This was so enjoyable and super easy to make!

  7. 5 stars
    I served these grilled pineapples with vanilla ice cream and my family lost their ever-loving minds. It’s so good!

  8. 5 stars
    This reminded me a lot of the grilled pineapple I would often get when I was in Thailand but the brown sugar gives it such a caramel like flavor that this version is so much better. Delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    This is perfect with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good that we made it two days in a row and had it with wine! Thanks for such a delicious recipe!!

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