Sweet Pineapple Chili Sauce | Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple
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Sweet pineapple chili sauce is the perfect sauce, marinade, or glaze for your favorite pork, chicken, or seafood! It will transport you to your favorite tropical getaway with just one bite! This is a delicious sweet and sour sauce with pineapple and a hint of spice.
You will love this beyond easy recipe which includes steps to preserving so that you can enjoy all year long or give as gifts. Making this pineapple sauce once to be enjoyed time after time will save you time and money! A jar of this sauce will upgrade your weeknight meals and become a family favorite.
This post is sponsored by the makers of Ball® home canning products.*
Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple
Not only does this sauce taste amazing, it will also make your house smell incredible! The blend of pineapple, chilis, and vinegar comes together in a delicious flavor profile. If you’re looking for a great pineapple sauce for ham, this is just the thing, but it is very flexible in flavor pairings and can be used up in so many ways! You will love this sauce and want to eat it on just about everything!
In addition to tasting and smelling wonderful, this sauce is incredibly easy. It’s one of those “throw it in and give it a stir” type of recipes that anyone can make. The flavor that it adds to ham, chicken, and seafood dishes is incredible especially considering just how simple it is to put together.
This recipe teaches you how to preserve the sauce to be enjoyed long after you make it. I love preserving food because it saves me time and money. Batch cooking is an efficient way to plan out meals for the family. Check out my blog post all about menu planning and download my free printable weekly menu!
If you’re looking for a great hostess gift idea, a jar of this sauce paired with your favorite artisan crackers is a great inexpensive and thoughtful gift.
- Pineapple Juice
- Bird’s Eye Red Chilis
- Red Chili Flakes
How to Make Pineapple Sauce
Be sure to scroll all the way down for the printable recipe with full instructions!
You’ll start by preparing a boiling water canner while the chili sauce is cooking.
Then get to cooking the yummy chili sauce! Add all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, lower the heat and allow the sauce to thicken. This takes about 10 minutes.
Then it’s time to jar it up! Working one jar at a time, ladle hot chili sauce into a hot jar leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply bend, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
Process jars 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.
Ham and pineapple go together like peanut butter and jelly! Pair any pork dish you'd like with this yummy pineapple sauce! Whether you're making an Asian inspired dish, Mexican inspired dish, or anything in between, this is a great addition!
Chicken Fajita Marinade
This recipe is amazing as a chicken fajita marinade. Simply cube up your favorite protein and toss it in a bowl with the sauce. Marinade for 15 minutes or up to 24 hours. You might also try this as a yummy taco topping.
This sauce would be delicious as a shrimp dipping sauce! Try with popcorn shrimp or serve in lieu of (or addition to) a traditional cocktail sauce. You can also try this as a fun twist to BBQ dipping sauce for Hawaiian style pizza crusts, chicken wings, or any other sweet and savory dipping food!
Cheese & Crackers Appetizer
One of the world's easiest appetizer recipes is cream cheese smothered in a sweet & spicy jam or sauce. Serve with your favorite crusty bread or cracker and you're good to go! In fact, this would make a great housewarming gift: a jar of sauce and some artisan bread or crackers!
Enjoy this sweet & sour sauce with pineapple as a wonderful pairing with any seafood you like! The tropical flavors will taste wonderful with seafood. Drizzle over tender white fish or marinade and use as a glaze. The sugar will caramelize with the heat and taste amazing.
Chicken Marinade and Sauce
With seafood: pineapple is a wonderful pairing with any seafood you like! The tropical flavors will taste wonderful with seafood.
How to Preserve the Sauce
This is a wonderful recipe to allow you to make it once, but enjoy it for months! I love preserving food because it saves me time, money, and gives me the opportunity to control the ingredients used.
To preserve the pineapple chili sauce, follow the instructions in the recipe card below. You’ll need four half pint (8 oz.) jars and a water bath canner. I highly recommend mason jars from the makers of Ball® home canning products anytime you are canning produce. The jars are durable and trustworthy!
Be sure to check out the Ball® Blue Book for even more home canning recipes!
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Fig jam and jalapeño jelly are both perfect sweet and savory jams that are great to pair with a protein or as an appetizer with cheese and crackers! If you love marmalades, try my orange marmalade recipe! You really can’t go wrong with tomato chutney or pickled jalapeños, I also absolutely love this tomatillo salsa recipe!
- 1 1/2 c Finely Diced Pineapple
- 3/4 c Pineapple Juice
- 4 Bird's Eye or Other Red Chilis, Stemmed and Minced
- 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1/2 c Vinegar
- 1 Lime, Zested and Juiced
- 1 1/2 c Sugar
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Chili Flakes (Optional)
- Prepare boiling water canner while chili sauce is cooking. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm, soapy water and set aside with bands.
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Lower heat and simmer until thickened stirring continuously about 10 minutes.
- Ladle hot chili sauce into a hot jar leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply bend, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
- Process jars 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.
Halfing is ok. So is dropping a jar size as long as the process time stays the same for the larger jar size.
*This is a sponsored post that is part of an ongoing partnership with the Fresh Preserving Division of Newell Brands. They have provided jars, equipment and monetary compensation. All thoughts and opinions expressed remain my own.