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Diva Q's Pineapple Stand Chicken

Difficulty 3/5
Prep time 30 mins

Cook time 1 hr
Serves 4-6

Hardwood Maple

Make a stand out of a pineapple, then smoke that bird to sweet, juicy perfection. This is a grilling adventure. Just tell the boys that Diva Q showed you how, this recipe is featured in her new BBQ cookbook, Diva Q's Barbecue.


Diva Q Pork & Chicken Rub

1 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

1/4 cup Smoked Paprika

3 Tbsp. Kosher Salt

2 Tbsp. Malabar Black Pepper, coarsely ground

2 Tbsp. Chili Powder

2 Tbsp. Granulated Onion

2 Tbsp. Granulated Garlic

2 tsp. Piri Piri or Chipotle Powder

1 tsp. Ground Cumin

1 tsp. Ground Coriander

1 tsp. Ground Thyme

Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Half Fresh Pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 cup Red Onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped

1 tsp. Kosher Salt


1, 3-4 lb. Chicken, whole

1/4 cup Diva Q Pork & Chicken Rub

Fresh Pineapple Salsa, for serving


Trim the top from the pineapple. Cut a slice from the bottom of the pineapple so it stands level.

With the pineapple standing upright on a cutting board and using a large, sharp knife, cut the peel and any “eyes” from the pineapple.

Cut vertical slices of flesh from the pineapple all around the core, stopping 2” from the base of the pineapple. You’ll be left with the vertical core of the pineapple on a 2” base – this forms the “stand” for the chicken. Reserve the pineapple for the salsa.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until a fire is established (4-5 minutes). Turn temperature to 300 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Season the chicken inside and out lightly with the rub. Invert the chicken onto the pineapple stand.

Grill chicken for 30 minutes. Rotate the chicken and grill until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 160 degrees F and the thigh reaches 175 degrees F, approximately 30 -40 minutes more.

Remove the chicken from the grill and remove the pineapple stand. Tend the chicken loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before serving with the salsa. Enjoy!

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