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Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Thighs

I bought a Kayak.

Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Well, two actually.  Chris got one too because we all know that I should not be out and about rowing around a lake without supervision.  Although I did have a life jacket and a whistle.

I have to tell ya that getting in and out of a kayak from a boat dock without falling in the water is a heck of a lot harder than it looks.  Let’s just say it’s a good thing Chris was there and the neighbors got a good laugh.  I’m just really glad they weren’t home to witness my exit strategy because that wasn’t pretty.

Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Thighs

Once I got going I really had a blast.  There is nothing quite like paddling around a lake while looking at the trees, birds, and pretty houses to quiet the soul.  It was nice to just be.  To work and row, then float around peacefully with the sounds of the water and feeling the perfect breeze.

It was a magical day that I plan to put on repeat.  It’s also a beautiful way to begin healing a broken heart.

Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbeque Chicken Thighs

Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbeque Chicken Thighs


  • 12 ounces peach wheat ale
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 boneless chicken thighs


  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Combine beer, ketchup, brown sugar, pineapple preserves, molasses, apple cider vinegar, honey, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a pot and cook over medium heat until all ingredients combined, sugars are melted, and the mixture is thickened - about 30 minutes stirring often
  3. Melt butter in a cast iron or oven proof skillet over medium high heat
  4. Add chicken thighs and brown about 1 minute on each side
  5. Cover chicken with sauce and transfer to oven and bake until chicken is cooked all the way through and the internal temperature reaches 165 - about 15 - 20 minutes
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23 Responses to Peach Ale & Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Thighs

  1. It is a beautiful way to heal…. One of our favorite activities is kayaking and boy do I get the whole getting in and getting out thing… One must have a sense of humor! Okay – so the glaze on this chicken is outstanding! Ahhhh! I’d love to dive right into that pan, my friend!

  2. Hooray for the kayak and a beautiful day of paddling! You are so right…really tough to get in and out…unless you flip it. Then getting out seems to be real easy… This chicken looks amazing! I love that you’ve used a peach ale!

  3. Nothing like getting outside to feel better. I can picture you now struggling with that kayak (which is probably how I’d be too). Getting the hang of something right off the bat is overrated anyway 😉 Chicken thighs are my new fave – love ’em more than chicken breasts and this look deadly good, Rach. Pinned! xo

  4. I couldn’t agree more, Rachelle. There is something about being out on the water that is so calming and peaceful. Of course, that’s assuming you can actually get on the water without taking a dunk in the lake first. hah! I haven’t been kayaking in a couple of years now, but there’s a place near us that rents kayaks. I might have to do that again this summer. Oh, and this recipe sounds amazing! Chicken thighs are totally underappreciated. But that BBQ sauce. I think I could drink it! 🙂

  5. This looks wonderful. I mean really wonderful. How hard is it to find pineapple preserves and peach wheat ale?!! I need to start looking ASAP!

  6. With your sense of humor and a kayak to get out there and focus on repetitive motions, sounds and surroundings – you are doing it Rachelle! Hope you make it a regular part of life. And if you fall in the lake:) so what?? The laughter will be worth it. Will tag you when we make this recipe, OMG looks perfect. I love the flavors going on and huge yes to juicy thigh meat:)

  7. Rachelle! I love kayaking but I must agree with you getting out of it, it’s never easy and quite dangerous for a clumsy person like me , specially.
    ???????????????????? It is a great way of healing and feeling better! This is my favorite chicken part, thighs are so flavorful and these look amazing! Have a great week my friend!

  8. Well the lake sounds like a beautiful time! I cannot image what I would look like getting in and out of that thing.
    The dish sounds amazing – I am drooling just over the pictures!

  9. that is great. kayaking is awesome. love the recipe, but i have to admit i love hearing that you had an awesome day even more. healing a broken heart takes work, patience, and support. good luck getting in that baby!

  10. I know all about your kayak and next time, please tell Chris to take a video of you getting in and out of it because I need a good laugh! hahahaha! Please understand, I’m not laughing at you…I’m laughing with you 😉 xoxoxo
    Peach ale and pineapple BBQ chicken? Yes please and I’ll take that whole pan! You know I love BBQ anything and I’ve got to get my little hands on some peach ale so I can make this for dinner. Winner winner chicken dinner!

  11. Bahahahaha! I’m STILL laughing that you have a whistle. Seriously, you are the cutest thing ever, Rach! I bet you look hella classy getting in and out of that kayak! 😉 I wish I was your neighbor, because you know I’d be out there enjoying all the fun with you! Plus your lake just looks so peaceful!! Anyways, LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE these thighs! Chicken thighs are the jam, but then you went and jazzed ’em up with peach ale bbq sauce! GENIUS! These look to die for delicious! Pinned! Cheers, lovely! XO

  12. I’m always on the hunt for new tasty dinner recipes. I could eat the same thing over and over again for breakfast (maybe even lunch too) but dinner absolutely HAS to be something cool and delicious. These chicken thighs look both cool AND delicious!!

    I never kayaked but we rent canoes every summer and it’s not a real trip unless you’ve capsized your own vessel and lost a nice pair of sunglasses, haha. I’m sure you’re going to have an awesome summer with them!

  13. Seriously Rachelle????????????there’s no way this can’t be awesome!!! Chicken thighs with baked on molasses…???? I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time the other weekend, you have an amazing place! Only to be bested by the super cool occupants! Can’t wait to do it again! I’ll be trying some of these, I’ll get your number from Chris and let you know how I do ????!

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