Thank you McCormick® for sponsoring this Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Chicken post. All opinions are my own.
Juicy, smoky, sweet and tangy, Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Chicken smothered in the most wonderful homemade Pineapple BBQ sauce is irresistibly delicious! It’s fabulously easy for a make ahead dinner or Labor Day crowd!
Can you guys believe summer is coming to an end? Vacations are ending, school is starting and pumpkin recipes are already inundating my FB feed. But that doesn’t mean that grilling season is over! We grill year-round here in San Diego and September is actually one of our hottest months, so we are going to be firing up the grill more than ever and especially for Labor Day!
Do you know what you are making yet? If you’re looking for something rave worthy delicious, make ahead and beautifully simple, this Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Chicken is just the ticket. And nothing says patriotic more than BBQ!
But this isn’t just any barbecue chicken, and it’s not just pineapple barbecue chicken but it’s MESQUITE BBQ Pineapple Chicken! The smoky, robust mesquite flavor comes from McCormick® Grill Mates® Mesquite Seasoning. And it packs a flavor punch. It’s made of chili peppers, garlic, onion, paprika, red bell peppers and of course mesquite smoke for layers of dynamic flavor. It infuses our sweet and tangy pineapple barbecue sauce with the perfect amount of zingy spice. No boring barbecue sauce here!
To make our easy Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Chicken, we start with our Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Sauce. You will be amazed at how EASY this homemade BBQ Sauce is! Simply add your roughly chopped pineapple, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, cider vinegar, Dijon, ground ginger and our McCormick® Mesquite Seasoning to your blender and blend until smooth. That’s it for the sauce!
We remove 1/4 cup Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Sauce to a shallow dish/freezer bag along with some olive oil to create a marinade for out chicken. I used skinless, bone-in chicken thighs for extra juicy and wonderfully economical chicken, but feel free to use any cut of chicken you prefer and adjust cooking time accordingly. Just be aware that the leaner the meat, the less juicy the chicken.
The chicken swims in the seasoned bath for 2-6 hours so when it’s time to cook – that is ALL you have to do!
Well, except slather your chicken in Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Sauce. And when I say slather, I mean smother every nook and cranny. Because we all know the chicken is just a vehicle to devour this BBQ Sauce and call it dinner. An effortless, juicy, saucy, sweet and tangy Mesquite Pineapple BBQ Chicken dinner. Happy Labor Day and make sure to check out all of McCormick® Grill Mates® marinades and seasonings for a more delicious Labor Day and every day!
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