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Huli Huli Chicken Recipe (Hawaiian Style)


This Huli Huli chicken recipe is a taste that originated in Hawaii and has been a huge hit around the world so we’re sure your family and friends will love it!

“Huli” in Hawaiian Creole English (Hawaiian Pidgin English) means to rotate, turn over, or flip. Typically when this chicken recipe is made in Hawaii it’s done on a rotisserie that will Huli the chicken throughout the entire cook.

Fortunately you don’t need a rotisserie for the Huli Huli chicken recipe you’ll see as you watch this entire video. Sit back and relax as fellow Pitmaster over at Smoky Ribs walks you through a great step-by-step on how to make your own Huli Huli chicken in your back yard…

Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

Ingredients for Rub:

  • Paprika 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  • Salt 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  • Garlic powder 2 Tablespoon
  • Onion powder 1 Tablespoon
  • Cayenne pepper 1 Tablespoon
  • Cumin 1 Teaspoon
  • Cracked black pepper 1 Teaspoon

Related: Homemade Sweet And Spicy Dry Rub Recipe For Chicken

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • Ketchup 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  • Pineapple juice 1 Cup (4 tbs)
  • Soy sauce 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  • Rice vinegar 2 Tablespoon
  • Garlic minced 1 Tablespoon
  • Fresh ginger 2 Teaspoons

Recommended Tools to get the job done:

Meat Probe Thermometer

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Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves

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BBQ T-Shirt For A Good Time

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Step-by-step Summary:

  1. Prepare rub by mixing together paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and cracked black pepper.
  2. Coat chicken all around with the rub.
  3. Get the Pit barrel prepared by filling charcoal basket. Place the charcoal basket at the bottom and get it started by adding lit briquettes over charcoal
  4. Let the pit barrel come up to temperature. Place a mesquite wood in there.
  5. Hang the chicken in the pit barrel cooker and let it cook for about an hour.
  6. Meanwhile in a pot, heat pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar and fresh ginger until it starts to thicken. Remove the sauce from heat and let it thicken further.
  7. Baste the chicken with the sauce and place them back in the barrel for about 15 minutes.
  8. Baste one more time and cook in the barrel for another 20 minutes.
  9. Slice and enjoy 🙂

Related Links:
Honey Brined Smoked Chicken Thighs 
If you have never brined anything, well, you need to! Brining is very easy, it keeps your smoked chicken thighs extremely moist and it takes the flavor of your meat to a whole new level. The recipe is super easy: a quick brine and then about an hour and a half cook and you will have some delicious smoked chicken thighs!

Easy Smoked Chuck Roast Burnt Ends! This is a very easy smoked chuck roast burnt ends recipe combined with a Yellow Gold BBQ Sauce that will take your dish to the next level. Enjoy!

5 Basic Tips For Smoking Meat Tip #1: The most important tip I can give you is to have patience and never hurry your cook because low and slow with a smoker is key to creating your masterpiece.


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