Huli Huli Pineapple Chicken


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.'

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)

  • cup ketchup

  • cup red wine

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 4 drops liquid smoke, or more to taste (Optional)

  • 3 (3 1/2) pound fryer chickens, quartered


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. Remove chicken from marinade; discard used marinade.

  5. 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.


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 (per serving)

611 Calories
30g Fat
20g Carbs
61g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 611
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 911mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 61g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 648mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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