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Easy Homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce Recipe

Homemade BBQ sauce is a must-have condiment for any cookout but it's also great to have around when the cooler months arrive and you're using your instant pot and slow cooker more often.

This recipe for pineapple BBQ sauce is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, including pineapple juice. The result is a delicious pineapple barbecue sauce that is the perfect combination of a sweet and tangy sauce with just a hint of spice (more like a whisper!).

homemade pineapple BBQ sauce recipe in a small glass jar with a wooden spoon on a brown placemat

This pairs perfectly with grilled chicken breasts, air fryer chicken wings, or pork and goes great with this recipe for slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches and these baby back pork ribs.

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Homemade pineapple bbq sauce in a glass jar with a wooden spoon


This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Can of pineapple front and center in a photograph of the ingredients used to make homemade pineapple bbq sauce recipe
  • ketchup
  • pineapple juice - I used the juice from a can and then used the pineapple rings to make Air Fryer Pineapple - so tasty!
  • brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • honey
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cornstarch and water for thickening

See recipe card for quantities.


This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

first two steps to make homemade BBQ sauce with pineapple juice

Combine ketchup with the pineapple juice.....

adding Worcestershire sauce to ingredients used to make homemade pineapple bbq sauce

Worcestershire sauce and honey in a medium sized pot - stir well.

adding brown sugar and spices to pineapple juice and other ingredients used to make homemade BBQ sauce

Add brown sugar, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

ingredients in pot being stirred and waiting to boil to make homemade bbq sauce

Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

adding cornstarch mixture to simmering pineapple bbq sauce

Remove from heat and add cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.

homemade pineapple bbq sauce thickened and ready for serving in a glass jar with a lid

Hint: don't allow sauce to come to a rolling boil at any point as this may cause the texture to become gummy.


  • Spicy - add cayenne pepper (start with ⅛ teaspoon and then add more to your liking) or ½ teaspoon hot sauce. Start with a small amount because a little goes a long way and you can always add more.

See my Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce here.

🍽 Equipment

A good pot with a heavy bottom like this one, measuring cups, a wire whisk, and a glass storage jar.


Store this homemade sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator, preferably a glass jar or mason jars with a lid, and use within 2 weeks.

💭Top tip

This homemade barbecue sauce can be made ahead of time to allow the flavors to mingle!

If you love this recipe please give it a 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📖 Recipe

Pineapple BBQ Sauce Recipe

This pineapple BBQ sauce recipe is perfect for summer cookouts! It's easy to make, and the sweet and tangy flavors are irresistible. Serve it with chicken, pork, or steak, or use it as a dip for fries or chicken nuggets. No matter how you enjoy it, this sauce is sure to be a hit!
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homemade pineapple bbq sauce thickened and ready for serving in a glass jar with a lid
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins


  • 1 cup pineapple juice unsweetened
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs honey
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Thickening Agent

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water


  • Combine ketchup and pineapple juice in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
    1 cup pineapple juice, 1 cup ketchup
  • Add Worcestershire sauce and honey and stir once again.
    2 tbs Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbs honey
  • Add brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk until full blended and cook at a low simmer for 5 minutes.
    ½ cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Remove from heat.


  • Combine cornstarch and cold water and whisk slowly into the sauce.
    2 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 tablespoon water
  • Return saucepan to medium high heat and stir continuously until the sauce JUST starts to boil but do NOT allow the sauce to come to a rolling boil.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $2.00

👩🏻‍🍳Food safety

  • 🍴Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
  • 🧼 Wash hands after touching raw meat
  • 🧊Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
  • 🍲Never leave cooking food unattended
  • 🌋Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
  • 💨Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove

See more guidelines at USDA.gov.

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