We enjoy fresh pineapple and a friend gave us 3 of them last week. Thinking grilled pineapple is a real treat we took it a step farther. We stuffed a chicken with pineapple wedges and smoked them for an hour before barbequing them. A generous dusting with GMG’s Dry Rub “Roasted Garlic & Chipotle” seasoning blend, then topping it with Grandville’s Pineapple Gourmet BBQ Jam was just plain good eaten’!
Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood pellet patio heater, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…
Pineapple Stuffed Chicken
A pellet Grill Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hr. smoke @ 150 degrees (66c) 1 hr. grill @ 350 degrees (177c)
Grill: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill
Pellets: Lumberjack Pecan
Ingredients: Pineapple Stuffed Chicken
- 4 ½ lb. chicken
- 1 pineapple, cut into wedges
- GMG’s Dry Rub “Roasted Garlic & Chipotle” seasoning blend
- Grandville’s Pineapple Gourmet BBQ Jam
Directions: Pineapple Stuffed Chicken
Do a nice dusting of your rub and stuff as much of the pineapple wedges as you can into the bird. That’s it; you’re ready for the grill. I used the meat probe and remote monitor tonight to keep an eye on things, but you don’t need one if you don’t have one. We just placed our bird in the smoke @ 150 degrees (66c) for 1 hour, then turn up the heat to 350 degrees (177c). We did another hour here and pulled it at 175 degrees (79c) internal temperature. Add the sauce the last 30 minutes of your cook so the sauce doesn’t burn. (I like the way the meat flakes apart at 175 degrees. U.S.D.A. says it’s done at 165 degrees.)
Cooking Directions: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill
To prepare the grill for cooking, check your pellet supply – top off or change flavors as needed. Scrape grill grates off. Set the temperature to 450 degrees and press the “Start” button. Give the grill about 15 minutes to reach temperature and the grates to burn clean.
Note: You can set the start temperature anywhere you want. I do 450 (230c) for a quick cleaning burn.
I like to smoke everything for at least 30 minutes with an hour being even better. After all theGreen Mountain wood pellet grill is a awesome smoker so use it for all the wood smoke flavor it will add to your food.
So after the grill comes up to temp and burns clean turn it back down to 150 degrees (66c). Place everything directly onto the grill and just let it hang out in the smoke and get happy for an hour or so. This is referred to as “Smoking” or “Hot Smoking”, the temperature is 150 degrees (66c).
After an hour, turn the (Temperature Control) up to 350 degrees (177c). Add the sauce the last 30 minutes of your cook so the sauce doesn’t burn. When the meat reaches an internal temp of 175 degrees (79c) internal temperature pull it off, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. Keep in mind that the meat will continue cooking for another 10 degrees after you pull it off the grill. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.
Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.
Cooking In the Oven:
We have been getting requests for recipe conversions for the Oven. I tell folks all the time that cooking on a Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker is just as easy as cooking in your oven. Just about anyone can do it and do it well. Think about it. You set your control knob to the temp you want, put your meat in and leave it for a set time. It is the same thing, time and temperature is what it is all about. The Green Mountain grill is just like your oven except it uses wood pellets and has wheels. Do an hour at 350 degrees (177c).
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The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.
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