Grilled Habanero Pineapple Bites

Grilled pineapple is a classic BBQ dish, whether used as an appetizers, part of the main dish or dessert. Habanero pineapple bites are going to elevate this classic BBQ fruit and add a kick of heat to it. This pineapple dish will have your friends and family raving about the combination of tropical pineapple flavor and habanero heat. Whip this up at your next BBQ and you are going to be a guaranteed request every time you host.

Simple Set of Marinade Ingredients

Nothing crazy needed for this marinade recipe, just 5 ingredients for this marinade recipe.

  • 4 habanero peppers
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic

When it comes to making this marinade, start with the peppers. Your first decision here will be important, to remove or keep the seeds. With four peppers, you have the choice of keeping some but not all of the seeds, thereby determining your level of heat in the marinade. Once you have decided how many seeds you would like left, you can dice the peppers.

After dicing the peppers, add them and all the other ingredients to a small pot and let them all simmer for 5-10 minutes. You will need to stir on occasion. After 5-10 minutes, we are predominantly looking for the honey to be melted, you are going to add the entire pot to the a blender and puree them.

When done blending, you can add it to a bowl or resealable bag. We are going to then work on the pineapple. For the best results you can use a whole fresh pineapple or pre-cut pineapple. I would not recommend canned pineapple unless its the only option available.

Dice the pineapple into cubes approximately 1×1″. After the pineapple is diced throw them into the bowl or resealable bag with the marinade. The pineapple will only need about an hour to marinade. If you want to increase the flavor, you can leave it in longer. I would say not much more than 2 hours.

After marinating, we are going to start grilling.

Grilling Habanero Pineapple Bites

You can do this on any version grill, gas or charcoal. I have done it on both style grills, go with whatever works for you with this recipe.

Get the grill up and running for about 400°, we are going to grill the pineapple over direct heat. You can grill the pineapple a few different ways:

  1. Place the pineapple cubes directly on the grate, turning occasionally
  2. Put the pineapple on skewers. Remember if you are using bamboo skewers, soak them for about 30 minutes.
  3. Use a grill basket, stirring it so the cubes don’t get stuck to the basket

Once on the grill its going to be about 15 minutes or so. However you are grilling the pineapple cubes, its important that you rotate it a bit, you want to see some grill marks on all sides. After about 15 minutes, these pineapple bites should be done.

If you want to save some of the marinade and coat again after grilling you can do that. It will add some more heat and will make them a bit wetter coming off the grill.

Enjoying Grilled Habanero Pineapple Bites

Nothing beats the combination of heat and tropical pineapple flavor. This habanero marinade takes pineapple to another level and will make for a thoroughly enjoyable appetizer at your next summer BBQ. Don’t sit on this recipe and have you and your friends miss out on this delicious dish.

Grilled Habanero Pineapple Bites

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Grilled Habanero Pineapple Bites

Grilled Habanero Pineapple Bites

Learn how to make a delicious and fiery appetizer with our Grilled Habanero Pineapple Bites recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 cups of cubed pineapple
  • 4 habanero peppers
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic


  1. Dice the peppers, leaving as many of the seedless you want, in order to impact level of spiciness.
  2. Add the diced peppers to a small pot with the other ingredients and let simmer over low heat for about 5-10 minutes. You will want to let simmer until the honey had blended in with the other ingredients.
  3. Once done in the pot, take the ingredients and pour them into the blender and puree.
  4. When done, put to the side and start working on the pineapple
  5. Cube the pineapple in 1x1" cubes
  6. When done, place the pineapple cubes in either a bowl or resealable bag and add the marinade.
  7. Marinade the pineapple cubes for about 1 hour, the longer you go the more heat you add
  8. Start your grill for about 400°, and prepare for grilling with direct heat
  9. Prepare to the grill the pineapple, you can do the individual cubes directly on the grate, on a skewer or in a grilling basket
  10. Rotate the pineapple on occasion, regardless of what method you use
  11. Grill for about 15 minutes or until you get some grill marks on all sides.
  12. When done you can remove and serve.


Either right before done or after having removed, you can coat with the marinade again, adding a bit more heat to the pineapple bites.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 1g

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