Pineapple Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

Total Time 20 minutes
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 30 votes
Sweet and sour barbecue sauce with a bit of spice! Delicious on any kind of meat.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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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  1. Kathy m Hall says

    Wondering if you use dark or light brown sugar in the sauce. Please advise, Can’t wait to make this for Bunco night with the ladies.

  2. Claire says

    This is great! Use with koloa pork over coconut rice and pineapple. Very close to my favorite place Porky’s on Kawaii.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Mike! I haven’t tried to can this myself. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  3. Dana says

    Added a 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, smoked paprika and liquid smoke. Can’t buy a better BBQ sauce.

  4. Julie says

    Just made and it’s so yummy! Making chicken kabobs tomorrow and just finished the marinade with my just made bbq sauce! Hope the kabobs r good! I’ll let u know ☺️

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Lisalia says

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

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