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Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

Total Time 20 mins
Servings 30 tablespoons

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*Updated April 23, 2015

I’m all about making my own condiments.

I’m not all about making my own condiments all the time. I just don’t have time for that.

Sometimes, it’s just nice to have something with a little more personality! There are tons of great ketchups and barbecue sauces out there, but sometimes I like to spice things up a bit.

glass jar with pineapple brown sugar bbq sauce with whole pineapple in the background

Often I’ll make my own sauce when I make pulled pork in the slow cooker, because I have pretty much zero other prep. The same goes with burgers. They are so simple, and I rarely even make a side dish, so it’s nice to be able to spice things up with homemade barbecue sauce.

I feel like this is kind of a new obsession of mine. I think it has a lot to do with how easy it is.

Meat and sauce. Maybe a jar of pickles. Some iced tea. The perfect summer meal!

So this time I wanted to try something with pineapple. I am also a big fan of sweet on meat. That kind of has a ring to it, doesn’t it?

I love all things sweet and sour.

spoon drizzling barbecue sauce back into jar with pineapple behind

Maple, apple, pineapple, cranberry, brown sugar, tomato, apricot, honey, saskatoons — I love it all in my dinner.

I’m actually a little embarrassed about my sugar consumption at this point. I feel like a normal person should be able to make dinner without adding fruit or sugar or fruit and sugar.

Apparently, I am not.

But this sauce.

spoon scooping and drizzling barbecue sauce into jar on wooden background

So I added a bunch of random stuff to a pot and simmered it with my pineapple juice. It is so good. It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of spice. It pairs perfectly with pulled pork, but it would also be fantastic on chicken or beef!

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Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

5 from 6 votes
Sweet and sour barbecue sauce with a bit of spice! Delicious on any kind of meat.
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Sauces and Condiments
Servings 30 tablespoons
Calories 33cal


  • 200 ml pineapple juice 1 regular-sized juice box
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes or more if you like it spicy!
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1-2 tbsp water


  • Add all ingredients except for corn starch and water to a medium pot.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to medium-low, simmering for 10-15 minutes until flavours come together.
  • Mix equal parts corn starch and water. Slowly add to the sauce and stir, until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Serve with pork, chicken or beef.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 33cal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Kym says

    Hi, I’m all about making homemade sauces or (cashew) butters to control what’s in my meals rather than getting a high fructose sugar attack that’s on the shelves. I made it.

    I think the only oomph I have with the recipe is the corn starch after all ingredients are boiled through. I kept back tracking to the website thinking maybe I missed something in this blog but theres no instruction, foresight, or advise what to do with the clumps. I had it simmering for 10 minutes (stirring as instructed) and still the corn starch was still all clumped up, refusing to break apart. Tried whisking hoping to help it break it up. No good.

    Trial and Error, dump and try again but adding corn starch with the other ingredients to boil with it. Know, I love how easy it is (thank you from the bottom of my heart) and I am still excited to try this once cooked 100%. I have plans to make a homemade ripped rotisserie chicken gouda BBQ pizza. Mmm…

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Hi Kym! I think you missed something. In the recipe it says to mix the corn starch and water. You cannot add corn starch to any hot liquid without dissolving it in water first.

  2. Rachel says

    I can’t wait to try this! So I can figure out my weight watchers points associated with this, can you please tell me how big of a serving you are using to calculate 30 servings in this recipe? Thanks a bunch!

  3. Lisalia says

    This is such a yummy BBQ sauce. I won’t go back to store-bought. This just tastes so much better!

  4. Denise says

    My husband was smoking some ribs he marinated in,pineapple juice. I was looking for a barbecue sauce that might complement them when I found your blog. This recipe worked so well with the ribs. It will be in rotation from here out.

  5. Sue says

    LOL, you had me at ” sweet on meat”! So happy I found your site, thanks for this great recipe ! As a fellow sweet/sugar fan I look forward to more!

  6. Debbie Cook says

    This sauce is amazing! Because I have kidney disease I cannot add the salt or ketchup. Instead I eliminated the red pepper flakes and added sriracha. It gives it some heat and love the taste!

  7. Sean says

    So Chick-Fil-A has ruined the world by changing their bbq sauce recipe. Their original sauce had pineapple concentrate in it. Does this sauce resemble (or could be adjusted to) Chick-Fil-A’s original recipe?

  8. Joan says

    Looks YUMMYLICIOUS.I am going to try this with a pork loin roast I just bought. I love to experiment with recipes,. Usually I add or take away something. On yours I am going to add some crushed pineapple. Mmmmm. I lived in Hawaii for 3 years and that is the one thing I never got tired of eating. I live in North Carolina now and everyone has that sauce with vinegar and pepper flakes. Not a fan. Was raised in south Georgia where we have thick red sauces.

  9. cakespy says

    OH CRUD. I wish I hadn’t come across this because now I won’t be able to get it out of my mind!! Kidding. I am delighted to make this sauce’s acquaintance. I would just put it on everything!

  10. llmcr says

    I had leftover canned pineapple juice from a kid’s pizza party (never too much pineapple on a pizza!). I usually make a cake out of the excess juice but since I used several cans it was too much. I decided to try this recipe since it is basic. Did I mention that I live in the Caribbean and some ingredients are hard to get? Well, I tried this recipe to slow cook some ribs. It tasted so good that I will forget the cake and make another batch of BBQ sauce as I know my son will want more. Yum!

  11. Gina Gentry says

    Hi! I can’t wait to make this! I always save the juice from canned pineapple, can you tell me how many cups of juice to use in this recipe? 🙂

    • Ashley Fehr says

      200ml would be just under a cup — 250ml is one cup. I would use about 3/4 cup and if you want it a little thinner or sweeter, just add a little more juice at the end. Hope that helps!

  12. Ashley says

    Making this today for the second time, with slightly less pineapple juice because I was told it tasted “too much like pineapple”- as if there was such a thing! I thought it was fantastic! I mixed everything together in the crock pot (cornstarch included), put in a round roast, and leave it to cook all day. By dinnertime it’s easy to shred and we will have shredded beef sandwiches, and it thickens perfectly. Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! I just happen to have a nice rack of St. Louis style ribs in my frig and all the ingredients for this sauce on hand! I make a bourbon peach chipotle barbecue sauce that is really good for pulled pork or grilled chicken. I like your attitude – thinking outside the box (or in this case, the bottle)! 🙂

    • Ashley says

      I am so glad grilling season is finally here! That sounds amazing! I’ve never tried peach but I will have to 🙂

  14. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says

    This sauce looks SO yummy! I love that you used pineapple! Pineapple and BBQ are the perfect combo!

  15. Heather | girlichef says

    I hear that. I love making and knowing that I can make my own condiments…but by no means do I make all of my own, all the time. This bbq sauce sounds amazing – such a mouthwatering combination of flavors!

  16. Shinee says

    Can I have a spoonful of this, please? Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to make some BBQ ribs with smothered with this sauce.

    • Ashley says

      Sorry I missed your comment! I think this would last a good amount of time, maybe a couple weeks? I’m sure it would freeze well if you need it to last longer.

  17. Deborah says

    Has anyone tried to can this? It sounds so good but I would like to make a larger batch and can if possible. Thanks!

  18. Jennifer says

    I just made your sauce and it was amazing!!! My 4 year old hates BBQ sauce but can’t get enough of this. I added some crushed pineapple because I am a pineapple lover. Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

  19. Jay says

    made it last night and love it. I also added fresh onion and garlic, and I doubled the pineapple juice then reduced it by half to intensify the flavor. delicious! Can’t wait to try it with my ribs tomorrow

  20. Linda Warren says

    I like the sweetness of pineapple in a BBQ sauce. I bet this would be a great addition to a chicken barbecue pizza too! Thanks for sharing on Time to Sparkle.

  21. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says

    Ooooo I want to throw this all over some pulled pork! Pineapple and pork just go together so well! Though I bet your right that it goes with any kind of meat. I’d love to try this smothered over chicken on skewers with real piece of pineapple! 😀

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