This Hawaiian BBQ is commonly found at roadside fundraisers. This recipe uses crushed pineapple and brown sugar for caramelized texture and wonderful flavor. And, if you are wondering, 'huli' is the Hawaiian term for 'turn.'

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Stir pineapple, brown sugar, shoyu, ketchup, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, garlic, and liquid smoke together in a pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced and thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool completely. Transfer 1 1/2 cups sauce to a bowl and refrigerate.

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  • Place chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour remaining sauce over the top; toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, 4 hours to overnight.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove chicken from marinade; discard used marinade.

  • Cook chicken on the preheated grill until caramelized, about 5 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low and cook, turning and basting frequently with reserved 1 1/2 cups pineapple sauce, until no longer pink at the bone and juices run clear, 10 to 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Notes:

Add or subtract ketchup, shoyu (soy), Worcestershire, ginger, garlic and/or brown sugar to taste.

For added flair, skewer chunks of marinated chicken and pineapple wedges and cook on the grill until cooked through.

Nutrition:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

611 calories; 30.1 g total fat; 239 mg cholesterol; 911 mg sodium. 20.3 g carbohydrates; 60.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (21)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2016
Have been making this for years and it is so accurate. Most Huli Huli recipes leave out the pineapple Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2016
I had envisioned something extrodinary in my head so I was very disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2016
Have been making this for years and it is so accurate. Most Huli Huli recipes leave out the pineapple Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2016
Have been making this for years and it is so accurate. Most Huli Huli recipes leave out the pineapple Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2015
Made this for a luau party. Since it was a potluck party I laid the boneless chicken tenders and boneless thighs in a couple baking dishes and baked at 400 until the biggest piece was 165 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2016
Made it for the 4th of July picnic. Every raved about it. I would just add a it more ginger but other than that "it's a keeper" in the recipe folder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2016
Love this recipe. Just used boneless breasts and they did great. Next time going to plan ahead a bit more and marinate overnight. Great Polynesian taste. Might also increase the marinade recipe and set some aside for a sauce when serving. Can't wait to try it again Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2016
I thought this was a very good recipe. I marinated it for about 5-6 hours and in my opinion is was not enough. Next time I will do a full 24 hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2015
I loved this! I saved some of the marinade to use with chicken kabobs at a later date. Hubs thought it was good but felt it needed a kick (he says that about everything though). I served this with Caesar Salad Supreme (also from the site) and grilled bread and it made a delicious summer meal. Thanks Mark for sharing your recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2017
Ended up marinating mine for 2 days because that's when I had time to put the sauce together. Used chicken thighs (what I had available) and added a little soy sauce to the chicken just to help ensure the chicken was seasoned. Absolutely delicious! This is a definite keeper!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2017
Very good. Quite a hit with the family. The only change I see making in the future when I make this again is that instead leaving the pineapples as crushed from the can I will purée them as I make the marinade. Should make for a more even coating when I baste them while cooking. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2016
turned out great! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2016
I had envisioned something extrodinary in my head so I was very disappointed. Read More