Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapples


I am a big Jerk Chicken fan and have tried a lot in my days. In my opinion, my new Jerk Chicken recipe is one of the best and is exploding with all kinds of amazing flavors. This recipe is super easy and will give you a break from plain boring chicken.

Jerk Chicken

When cooked correctly, this chicken has the most amazing and crispy skin that is so satisfying. The seasoning is what give the chicken texture and crunch. All the flavors such as, thyme, cinnamon, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, allspice, paprika, and pepper along with pineapple and lime juice brings creates the perfect Jerk Chicken you will ever taste.

Jerk Chicken

There are a couple of ways to cook this chicken, but my favorite is using my Traeger Smoker. If smoking, I suggest using the Apple pellets. These give the chicken a sweet flavor that pairs nicely with the pineapple juice. To make it even better. I will throw some fresh pineapple slices on the grill right before serving and add to the top of the chicken before serving.

Jerk Chicken

Will I be able to get that crispy skin for this Jerk Chicken if I use the oven method?

Yes, you sure can. There will be a difference in taste due to the smokey flavor of the smoker. Cooking the chicken using the oven method will still give you a juicy and flavorful chicken, just in a different way.

For the smoker version, I put the chicken on top of the pineapple can with the juice and extra seasoning. This just allows the flavor to really soak in as the chicken smokes. If you use the oven method, I will just add the lime and pineapple juice and brush over the chicken before adding the seasoning. I will also baste as the chicken cooks to ensure the flavor soaks in nicely.

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Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapples

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Total Time: 30 minute
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


This Jerk Chicken recipe is a well-seasoned whole chicken, drenched with lime and pineapple juice and cooked to a crispy perfection. There is a smoker and oven method included. This recipe is Whole30, Paleo and compliant.




  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder


  • 1 5lb whole chicken
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple slices ((In juice only, no sugar added))
  • 1 slices can pineapplewith juice
  • 2 large Limes ((divided))
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Smoker Method

  1. Turn smoker to 225 F and preheat smoker, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  2. As the smoker heats, prepare the chicken by combining the spice rub in a jar and mix until combined.
  3. Open the pineapple can and remove the slices, but leave the juice.
  4. Unwrap the chicken and cover the chicken with olive oil and squeeze a whole lime juice over the front and back.
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning generously over the front and back of the chicken. Don’t be scared to over season. This will give the chicken a great crust.
  6. Sprinkle any remaining seasoning in the can with pineapple juice along with 1/2 lime juiced and remove the paper from the can.
  7. Place the pineapple can on a sheet pan. Place a chicken leg in each hand and carefully place bird cavity over the pineapple can. Transfer the sheet pan to your smoker.
  8. Cook the chicken for 2.5 to 3 hours or until the thermometer reads 160℉ when inserted into the thickest part of the breast.
  9. Remove the chicken from the grill and allow to sit until the internal temperature rises to 165 F. As the breast rests, the chicken will continue to cook. Enjoy!

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Unwrap the chicken and place in a roasting pan. Open the pineapple can and place the juice in a medium bowl along with 1 lime juiced.
  3. Cover the whole chicken with olive oil and use a basting brush to brush on the pineapple and lime juice mixture over the front and back of the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoning generously over the front and back of the chicken. Don’t be scared to over season. This will give the chicken a great crust.
  5. Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Cook until the internal temperature rises to 165 F.

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