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Hawaiian Luau Chicken

We had our annual team day/bocce tournament at our Managers house today…followed by a seemingly also annual loss in the final to Doug…but before that we had an awesome potluck with lots of good food and fun with our co-workers.

So this years theme was Hawaiian, and as I never made anything Hawaiian, my original idea was a Pig on a spit, but as I wasn’t sure how over that would go, I knew I had to do something with Pineapple…after some quick Googling, I found the following recipe which turned out pretty good, and also amazingly fast to prepare:


  • A pack of boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs (you could use any type of Chicken meat, but I find this is the best type on the BBQ due to the fat in the thigh keeping it moist after being on the grill
  • Whole Pineapple (you can buy a small can if you’d rather not core a pineapple – but it’s super easy and instructions will follow…)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (diced)



  1. Whisk the brown sugar, soy, garlic, ginger, and all of the juice from the pineapple together until the brown sugar has dissolved.  Typically, you should get between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup out of a Pineapple (instructions on coring the Pineapple below), so if you’re using canned pineapple you may want to put in a similar amount.
  2. (Marinate as long as possible)
  3. Turn your grill on to Medium heat
  4. Place the chicken on the grill, and leave for approximately 4-6 minutes per side, depending on thickness
  5. Just before the chicken is done, put on your pineapple rings from your cored pineapple (or can) and grill for 1 minute per side to blacken slightly
  6. Serve on a bed of rice

Directions to core a Pineapple

So I’ve almost always used a regular kitchen knife to cut/peel a Pineapple.  It takes a few minutes, and gets a little messy with the juices, but works fine for everyone since we all have knives at home.  However – the core in the middle always bugged me as I don’t like to eat that part.  One day, I stumbled upon this knifty tool, and obviously had to buy it…and know, I can go from Pineapple on counter to Pineapple sliced and in a bowl to eat in about 2 minutes

  1. Take the top of the Pineapple – just screw it counter-clockwise from the base of the Pineapple
    Pineapple before slicing top off

    Pineapple with top screwed off
  • Slice the top off of the Pineapple
  • Here’s the fun part – put your corer on top of the Pineapple and start turning clockwise until you hit near (or almost near) the bottom
  • Pull up on the handle, holding the base of the Pineapple intact
  • You can slide the rings off if you want the rings hold, or use the included slicer to slice the rings into bite size pieces
  • As a side note – the cored Pineapple works great as a drink during your party…just test it with water over the sink first to make sure it doesn’t leak…if it does, put it in a bowl or something to stay safe!

    If you don’t have a Pineapple corer, from step 3 you could just slice the sides off of the Pineapple and make sure to get the skin off, then cut the Pineapple into wedges, discarding the core