How to Grill Pineapple and Wow Your Guests

Have you had the good fortune of sharing thick, fresh pineapple glazed and perfectly grilled with the people you love? If not, there's no time like the present! Pop some of that succulent, sweet island fruit on the grill, let that brown sugar glaze get nice and crisp. Then watch as everyone hovers, waiting for the moment it comes off hot and dripping with juicy glaze! You can buy pineapple already cut and peeled, ready to slice into rings to save time, or try your handiwork with a whole pineapple, usually available at a lower cost. Grilled pineapple is a delicious side to chicken and shrimp especially, but also a fantastic light dessert on its own. Learn how to grill pineapple today with our recipe below and a few tips!

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Glazed Pineapple on the Grill

  • Author: Renee Groskreutz
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 21 minutes


  • 1 FRESH pineapple, cut into 3/4 to 1-inch thick rings
  • 4 T. butter, melted
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. lime or lemon juice (fresh is best, but bottled is okay too, in a pinch)


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Slice pineapple into ¾ to 1-inch thick rings.
  3. Melt butter in a microwave.
  4. Combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lime/lemon juice in a small shallow bowl.
  5. Dredge both sides of the pineapple slices in the mixture.
  6. Place rings on a grilling rack, tray, or pan. We used this one in our video and recommend it.
  7. Grill on medium-high to high heat for 7 minutes. Baste with leftover dredge.
  8. Do not disturb or move the pineapple until 7 minutes have passed. Then flip once. Baste with remaining dredge.
  9. Grill other side for 7 minutes, without disturbing the slices. Moving the fruit disrupts the contact and it loses heat, so you’ll end up with hot fruit but without a crisp, tasty glaze.


  • The amount of time needed on the grill may vary. Use this time as a guide but check on your pineapple after 4 minutes. Don’t move the pineapple—only lower the heat if it’s smoking.
  • The thicker the ring slice, the easier it will be to flip them, but they may still break. We had one casualty, and it was still unbelievably yummy.
  • Pictured below was an average pre-cut fruit in not-perfectly-sliced 1-inch slices and got six.


  • Serving Size: 6 - 8 pineapple slices

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