Drunken Grilled Pineapple Slices

Grilled pineapple slices are delicious with ice cream and sweet butter rum glaze! Make this easy dessert recipe for your next barbecue cookout.

Grilled pineapple slices on a white plate with ice cream and a rum glaze

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Ice cream and fresh fruit are refreshing summertime treats all on their own. 

However, combining both with a boozy caramel sauce transforms them into something perfectly indulgent. 

The fruit does need a couple of hours to soak, otherwise this grilled pineapple dessert comes together in just 15 minutes! 

Plus, because most of the alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, this is something any member of the family can enjoy. 

How to core and slice a pineapple

Slicing a pineapple is easier than it sounds, and the flavor of fresh pineapple is worth the extra effort!

  1. Use a sharp knife to cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Stand the fruit on a cutting board, then slice along the outside in a downward motion to remove the skin.
  3. Next, cut off one side of the fruit as close to the core as you can get.
  4. Cut off the opposite side, then the two remaining sides as well. Discard the core or save for smoothies.
  5. To make spears, slice the pineapple into long, even pieces about 1 inch thick.
Close up of pineapple slices that are grilled


  • Fresh pineapple – It’s important to use fresh, not only for the shape of the spears but for the overall texture. Canned pineapple has added moisture, so it won’t cook the same on the grill.
  • Spiced rum – For similar flavour, substitute dark rum plus 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Or for a different flavour, use bourbon instead. 
  • Brown sugar – Because the rum already has notes of caramel, light brown sugar is best, but dark will work as well.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter for this recipe. Or, if salted is all you have on hand, omit adding salt.
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt 

How to make grilled pineapple slices

This recipe couldn’t be simpler! Just soak the fruit in sweetened rum, then grill and serve with ice cream and a homemade butter rum glaze.


Marinate the pineapple spears

  1. Combine the rum and brown sugar in a bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture over the pineapple spears in a shallow dish.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, flipping the fruit halfway through.

Grill the fruit

  1. Remove the pineapple from the dish, reserving the liquid. 
  2. Place the spears on a heated grill so they lay across the grates.
  3. Then, cook for about 3 minutes on each side until tender.
Slices of grilled pineapple on a grill pan

Make the butter rum glaze

  1. Pour the leftover rum mixture into a saucepan on the stove.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer until it reduces and thickens. Remove from heat.
  3. Mix in the butter, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.

Assemble and serve

  1. Next, divide the grilled pineapple spears onto the plates.
  2. Add a scoop of ice cream, then drizzle the rum sauce over everything. Enjoy!
A grilled pineapple dessert on a white plate with ice cream

Recipe notes

  • Choosing a pineapple – The easiest way to know if this fruit is ripe is to tug on the center leaves. The more easily they come out, the riper the pineapple. For this recipe, choose one that still has a little bit of resistance to the leaves so the spears are firmer.
  • Storing leftovers – Grilled pineapple can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the grill or in a pan on the stove.
  • Use different fruit – You can easily use peaches instead of pineapple if you’d like. Instead of marinating the peaches, make the butter rum glaze first and use it as a baste during grilling. Then drizzle the rest over the grilled peaches and ice cream.

Other uses for butter rum glaze

Not only does the rum glaze go with this grilled pineapple dessert, but it can also be used in a variety of other ways! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Plates of grilled pineapple dessert with ice cream drizzled with a butter rum glaze


Any of these would make a refreshing addition to summer dinners and cookouts. 

A grilled pineapple dessert on a white plate with ice cream

Drunken Grilled Pineapple Slices

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
Grilled pineapple dessert with butter rum glaze is delicious with ice cream! Make this easy dessert recipe for your next barbecue cookout.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 397 kcal


  • 1 pineapple trimmed and cut into 1 1/2" slices
  • ½ cup spiced rum
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 8 scoops vanilla ice cream


  • In a small bowl add the spiced rum and brown sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved.
  • Place the pineapple spears in a shallow baking dish and pour the brown sugar and rum mixture over top.  Cover and ace in the fridge for 2-4 hours flipping once halfway through to coat the other side with the rum mixture.
  • Over medium-high heat preheat a grill pan or BBQ grill.  Add the pineapple spears perpendicular to the grill grates so you can get those nice brown grill marks across the pineapple.  Grill for about 3 minutes per side.
  • Meanwhile, pour the rum mixture left in the baking dish into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until slightly thickened and reduced to about ⅓.  Remove from heat and stir in the butter, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.
  • Place 2-3 spears of pineapple on a plate and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Drizzle the Cinnamon Rum Sauce over top and serve.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4.5gFat: 20.4gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 36.5gVitamin A: 853IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 144mgIron: 0.7mg


Nutrition calculations based on a 1/2 cup ice cream scoop per serving.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. 5 stars
    Everything about this is a YES YES YES! My husband and I made this, this afternoon (perks of working from home on a Friday!). We LOVED IT!

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds like the perfect summer dessert. Super delicious flavours and great for BBQs and gatherings!

  3. 5 stars
    This fresh grilled pineapple recipe is so perfect for summer. I love how it brings out the sweetness. Yum!

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