Nothing beats chicken on the grill in the summertime. Whether it’s smoked, BBQed, or marinaded – you really can’t go wrong. It’s an easy dinner that doesn’t heat up the house. Have had this recipe dog-earred to try for a couple years now, but just never got around to it. Last week, I found myself with a few chicken leg quarters (thanks Dad!) so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

The chicken is soaked in a soy-sauce brine for a few hours, then grilled and brushed with an uh-mazing pineapple juice based brine for the last 15 minutes or so of grilling. I changed a few aspects of the recipe – first off, using chicken pieces instead of a halved chicken. It’s what I had on hand, and it cuts down on cooking time. Win, win. Also, I don’t have a charcoal grill (a situation I need to remedy – nothing beats that flavor!), so I just made a packet of hickory chips that I smoked on the grill along with the chicken when it was cooking. If you didn’t want to go that route, you could probably add a drop or two of liquid smoke to the sauce to get a smokey effect.

We all really, really enjoyed it. Flavors we know and love, that are perfect for summer! This would be a great recipe to make for a crowd as well. Something a little more special than burgers & dogs! I served with a big bowl of Hawaiian macaroni salad and fresh pineapple wedges. I have reinvented the leftovers in a couple of different fun ways this week too, so stay tuned!


  1. Ken
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM | Permalink

    Wow Huli Huli chicken way up in Maryland, now that’s the way to do it right! If you ever go to Hawaii, head on over to the Rainbow Drive inn for some authentic stuff. It goin brok da mouf!! Aloha!!

  2. Mia
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM | Permalink

    Made this recipe for a BBQ and I used all chicken drumsticks. Was hugely successful and everyone loved the flavors, thank you!

  3. Rebecca
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM | Permalink

    Hi Laura, I have made this twice. Once with legs for a family BBQ and once with boneless thighs. It was amazing both times! My family BBQ devoured the legs in Olympic time! Thanks for sharing. I have made a few other recipes from here, and you have great taste.

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