Smoked Chicken with Pineapple Sauce

Seasoned raw chicken thighs are lined up on a grill.
This recipe is sponsored by Blues Hog

Tender and juicy chicken thighs are smoked and topped with a sweet and spicy pineapple topping in Smoked Chicken with Pineapple Sauce. The pineapple sauce has a touch of honey mustard, which balances the sweet acidity of the pineapple. The chicken is seasoned with a rub and smoked until tender.

You can use bone-in or boned chicken thighs for this recipe. But, make sure you use chicken with the skin on. The fat from the skin keeps the chicken moist while smoking and adds a ton of flavor.

The homemade pineapple sauce adds a ton of flavor to the chicken thighs. The bright acidic notes of the pineapple balance with the rich, smoked chicken. A touch of mustard helps to balance the sweetness of the pineapple and brown sugar. 

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A close up look at a smoked and seasoned chicken thigh topped with yellow pineapple sauce on a white serving platter.
The pineapple sauce has a touch of honey mustard, which balances the sweet-acidity of the pineapple.
Smoked and seasoned chicken thighs are lined up on a white serving platter, topped with a line of pineapple sauce.
Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes, then serve with the Pineapple Sauce.
Seasoned raw chicken thighs are lined up on a grill.
Place the thighs on the smoker, skin side-up, and cook for 15 minutes.

Smoked Chicken with Pineapple Sauce Recipe

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This recipe is sponsored by Blues Hog.
Seasoned raw chicken thighs are lined up on a grill.
Tender and juicy chicken thighs are smoked and topped with a sweet and spicy pineapple topping in smoked chicken with pineapple sauce.
Preparation 45 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseMain Dish
DifficultySeasoned
MethodSmoke
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Ingredients

Pineapple Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed pineapple in juice
  • 3 tablespoons Blues Hog Honey Mustard or favorite honey mustard

Chicken Thighs

Directions

Pineapple Sauce

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, cayenne pepper, salt, and crushed pineapple with its juices until well combined. Whisk in the honey mustard.
  • Bring the saucepan to a low boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is homogenous. Set aside and keep warm. 

Chicken Thighs

  • Preheat a smoker to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) or a drum smoker to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). 
  • In a large pan, heavily season the chicken thighs with the spice rub. Let rest for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken thighs over and heavily season the other side with the spice rub. Let rest for 15 minutes. 
  • Place the thighs on the smoker, skin side-up, and cook for 15 minutes. Flip the chicken skin-side-down and cook for 20 additional minutes. 
  • Increase the smoker temperature to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). If using the drum smoker, drop the grill onto the middle rack.
  • Place the chicken thighs, skin-side-down, back on the smoker. Cook until the skin renders and becomes crisp and the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes, then serve with the Pineapple Sauce.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 4gSodium: 395mgCalcium: 42mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 317IUSugar: 20gFiber: 1gPotassium: 722mgCholesterol: 332mgCalories: 841kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 15gFat: 56gProtein: 55gCarbohydrates: 25gIron: 2mg

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