Summer cookouts are approaching and you’re going to need to stock up on condiments, and not just the usual ketchup and mayonnaise. This Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup is a combination of spicy and sweet, perfect dolloped on burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs! 

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Although my husband and I live a bizarre life where our summers are the busiest time of year, since we work at a restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, that doesn’t mean we don’t take the time to grill and head to the beach on our one day off a week (usually a Monday). Last Monday, we decided to fire up the grill for the first time to grill some hot dogs and I wanted to make a special condiment to go with them. Having a flat of Taylor’s Gold Pears sitting on my counter, it dawned on me that a pear ketchup would be the perfect condiment to slather our hot dogs with!

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During the summer in the U.S., pears and apples abound in New Zealand. When you see New Zealand pears and apples in the stores they’re super-fresh and ready to eat. That’s why we’ve teamed up to come up with a bunch of delicious summer recipes featuring New Zealand pears and apples. Today, we’re focusing on summer pear recipes. Check them all out below. And follow along all summer on social media using #loveNZfruit

Taylor’s Gold Pears are from New Zealand and probably the best pears you’ll ever bite into! Fresh and delicious from mid-April through July so perfect for summer recipes, these pears have a beautiful, cinnamon colored skin that hold up well to summer cooking like grilling!

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This Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup is not only great on hot dogs and burgers, but also perfect to dollop on steaks, grilled vegetable kebabs, and even fish! Pears not only give great flavor to this condiment, but fantastic body and texture. Need a quick summer gift idea? Make this ketchup and gift with a basket of grilling tools and seasonings!

Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup

Need some inspiration on how to bring pears into your summer recipes? We’ve got you covered! 

Grilled Pears Filled with Caramel and Chocolate by Cook the Story

Cranberry Pear Scones with Orange Glaze from It’s Yummi!

Pickled Pear Sorbetto by Pastry Chef Online

Mini Pear and Blackberry Pies by Big Bear’s Wife

Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles by Around My Family Table

Pear Caramelized Onion and Brie Bites by Real Housemoms

White Chicken Naan Pizza with Sauteed Pears & Gorgonzola  by Climbing Grier Mountain

Muddled Pear Moscow Mule by Doughmesstic

Pear Gorgonzola Easy Ravioli by Nutmeg Nanny

Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup

This spicy grilled ketchup will be your go-to condiment this summer!
Print Recipe
Spicy Grilled Pear Ketchup 4
Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes


  • 4 Taylor Gold Pears peeled and cored
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • ½ yellow onion chopped
  • ½ red pepper chopped
  • 1 5.5 ounce can V8 juice
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper powder
  • salt to taste


  • On a preheated grill, place peeled and cored pears on the grill and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • After pears are grilled, chop and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, sauté oil, onions, and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent and then add grilled pears.
  • Simmer with V8 juice, honey, chili pepper powder, and season with salt.
  • Cook for 10 minutes and then blend using an immersion or regular blender, blend until smooth.
  • Pour into jars and refrigerate. Ketchup keeps for one week in the refrigerator.
Servings: 12 ounces ketchup

There are some amazing prizes up for grabs in this month’s giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a case of this amazing fruit and a $150 Visa gift card! Wait… it gets even better than that! Your monthly entry will also give you an entry towards the grand prize of a new Vitamix blender and a $100 Whole Foods gift card!  Awesome, right?!  Be sure to come back on June 25th and July 30th to enter the other great giveaways for #loveNZfruit. It’ll give you two more chances towards that fabulous grand prize, too!


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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Taylor’s Gold Pears and my time was compensated for creating this recipe, but my newfound love for these pears is my own.

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