Spicy Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

Tropical tang, earthy sweet…

Want a tasty party time barbecue sauce? This spicy Hawaiian BBQ sauce hits hits the right notes to make a whole lot of people happy. That delicious tropical tangy sweetness of pineapple meets the earthy sweetness of dark brown sugar. And then there’s the hint of fire. Ground ginger and cayenne pepper combine for a certain kick, without being overly spicy. It’s just enough to wake up those tastebuds – a level most everyone can enjoy.

Use this barbecue sauce with ribs, pork, chicken, and even steaks. It’s robust enough to handle the boldest meats. This recipe makes about two cups of sauce which is plenty for party-level marinating, plus there’ll often be a little extra for use on the side as a dipper for fried appetizers. It’s great with chicken tenders.

spicy Hawaiian BBQ sauce

Spicy Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

4.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 10 servings



  • In a saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, and garlic. Stir well.
  • Bring the sauce to a quick boil, then lower the heat to low and add in the dark brown sugar, ground ginger, and cayenne pepper powder. Stir well.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Taste the sauce and add liquid smoke (optional) and/or additional cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and/or ground ginger to taste.


You can opt for fresh ginger in this recipe (use two tablespoons) instead of ground ginger. We use ground ginger, though, because it tends to have more of a spicy kick to it compared to fresh.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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