Sunny’s Spicy Hawaiian BBQ Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: about 1 cup
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1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple (do not drain)

Freshly cracked black pepper 

1/2 cup store-bought BBQ sauce 

1/4 cup gochujang 

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro 


  1. In a medium saucepot on medium heat, add the pineapple and plenty of coarse freshly cracked black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pineapple begins to bubble and brown a bit, about 20 minutes. Add the BBQ sauce, gochujang and vinegar and whisk to combine. If the mixture is too loose, cook down to a thicker consistency; if it is too thick, add a splash of water to loosen, but no more than 1/4 cup.
  2. Let the sauce cool. When close to room temperature, stir in the cilantro.