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Sweet and Spicy Smoked Pineapple

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Oooh boy, is this Sweet and Spicy Smoked Pineapple ever good! With a combination of brown sugar and chipotle plus a kiss of smoke, pineapple has never been sexier or tastier! Quick and easy to make, grab a pineapple from the market and treat everyone to this delish dish today!

Sweet and spicy smoked pineapple spears on a black plate.

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Infusing pineapple with intense flavor has never been easier! It just takes a few ingredients to transform a humble pineapple (or two) into a dish that everyone will gobble up. And the best part is that you can customize this Sweet and Spicy Pineapple recipe, making it as spicy – or not – as you like!

What you’ll love about Sweet & Spicy Smoked Pineapple


  • It’s crazy easy to make!
  • Make it as spicy as you like!
  • Smoked pineapple is excellent as a side dish or dessert!

I’m a pellet miser. There, I admit it. When I fire up my smoker – a big Traeger – I have to use every inch of space to make use of all that glorious smoke. And, more often than not, pineapple is taking up some of that space.

You can smoke the pineapple at just about any temperature. Cook it low and for a bit longer, or pop it on a hotter smoker and cook it for a short time – the choice is yours!

Ridiculously easy and so gosh darn tasty, smoked pineapple is too good not to have at every meal!

Ingredients

  • Pineapples – I use 2 pineapples, but you could easily half or double the recipe.
  • Brown sugar – Just regular light/golden brown sugar.
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon.
  • Chipotle powder
Smoked pineapple ingredients labeled.

How To Make The Best Smoked Pineapple

  1. Preheat your smoker to 250-F.
  2. Cut the top and bottom off the pineapples, then slice the outsides away from the fruit. Cut the pineapple lengthwise along the core, creating long spears.
  3. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chipotle powder in a small bowl.
  4. Toss the brown sugar and spices with the pineapple spears to coat them well.
  5. Place the coated pineapple spears directly on the smoker rack and smoke at 250-F for about 40 minutes or until the brown sugar has become like a glaze and the pineapple is heated through.
  6. Serve hot or cold.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Smoke the pineapple at 350-F for about 15 minutes or 225-F for about 50-60 minutes. You want the glaze to be glossy and the pineapple to be heated through.
  • This Sweet and Spicy Smoked Pineapple recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder, which gives the pineapple a bit of a kick. Chipotle powder can be spicy! Go easy with it until you know how spicy you like it.

Recommended

Variations

  • Want a stronger sugar flavor? Try using dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar.
  • No chipotle powder? Cayenne will also work or try jalapeno powder.
  • Don’t like the spice? Skip it! The brown sugar and cinnamon are a delightful combination with the pineapple!

Make It A Meal

Smoked pineapple goes so well with Mexican and tropical flavors. Serve it with smoked chicken or turkey, or pair it with a delicious tomahawk steak. I also love just snacking on the pineapple, along with fun appetizers like smoked salsa, queso, or bullet shells. This is also a fabulous dessert! Serve your smoked pineapple warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side! Yum!

Sweet and spicy smoked pineapple on a white plate.

Storage

Smoked pineapple is best eaten fresh, but it will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge. Seal it in an airtight container and gobble it up within a day or two. It is delicious cold, or warm it up in the microwave.

What Kind Of Pellets Do You Need To Smoke Pineapple

Any kind! This is such a quick smoke that any pellets will work. I usually have a good pellet hardwood blend on hand for jobs like this.

Step By Step Photos

Sweet and spicy smoked pineapple on a white plate.
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5 from 5 votes

Sweet and Spicy Smoked Pineapple

A kiss of smoke transforms this sweet and spicy smoked pineapple into a crave-worthy side dish or dessert! Serve it with a scoop of ice cream, or your favorite smoked meats!
Course Appetizers, Desserts, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chipotle, pellet smoker, pineapple, smoked pineapple, smoker, smoker recipes, traeger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 225kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 2 pineapples trimmed, cored and cut into spears
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 250-F as per the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and chipotle powder in a large bowl.
  • Toss the pineapple spears with the spice mixture to coat.
  • Add the pineapple to the smoker rack and smoke at 250-F for about 40 mintues or until glossy and heated through.
  • Serve hot, warm, or cold, and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Smoke the pineapple at 350-F for about 15 minutes or 225-F for about 50-60 minutes. You just want to the glaze to be glossy and the pineapple to be heated through.
  • This Sweet and Spicy Smoked Pineapple recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of chipotle powder, which gives the pineapple a bit of a kick. Chipotle powder can be spicy! Go easy with it until you know how spicy you like it.

Nutrition

Serving: 3spears | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 144mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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