Pineapple Chicken Thighs

Pineapple Chicken Thighs
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Pineapple Chicken Thighs make a quick and easy weeknight grilled meal. Needless to say, the chicken is full of flavor and the sweet is a hit with the kids. Found some chicken thighs when “deep freezer diving” for Supper Challenge and wanted to enjoy it in a fresh way.

The greatest thing, is that the excess sauce makes an excellent accompaniment to Carrot Cake with Pineapple Honey Mustard Sauce. Its amazing how a mustard sauce can be versatile enough to apply to a dessert as well! Love it when I can cook a dish and repurpose for something new!

Pineapple Chicken Thighs

Pineapple Chicken Thighs

Pineapple Chicken Thighs make a quick and easy weeknight grilled meal. Needless to say, the chicken also needs to be full of flavor, so the sweet and a slight tang will be a hit with the kids.


  • 8-12 chicken thighs
  • Your favorite sweet spice rub I prefer Blues Hog Sweet & Savory
  • Pineapple Sauce

Pineapple Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 398 mL /13.5 oz can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 3 tablespoon honey mustard I prefer Blues Hog Honey Mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


Pineapple Sauce

  • In a small saucepan, whisk cornstarch, kosher salt, brown sugar, cayenne pepper (optional) and crushed pineapple and juices until combined.
  • Turn stove on low heat and allow sauce to come to low boil.
  • Whisk in honey mustard.
  • Bring saucepan contents to low boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes until sauce is thickened and homogenous.
  • Set aside.

Chicken Thighs

  • Warm up smoker to 350F or Gateway Drum Smoker to 300F.
  • In a large pan, heavily season meat side of chicken thighs with sweet spice rub.
  • In 15 minutes, flip chicken thighs over and heavily season with sweet spice spice rub.
  • When smoker is warmed up, place thighs onto grill with skin side up and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Flip chicken, skin side down onto the grill and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Increate temperature on smoker up to 400F.
  • If using Gateway Drum Smoker, drop grill on the Gateway Drum Smoker onto middle rack for more heat coming from the bottom. Place chicken thighs back onto Gateway Drum Smoker with the skin side down.
  • Let chicken thigh skin render and sizzle about 5-10 minutes until internal temperature of chicken is 180F.
  • Rest chicken for at least 10 minutes and serve with Pineapple Sauce.

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