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Award Winning Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems

Award Winning Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems

Award Winning Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems are a crowd favorite! They are bacon wrapped dried chili pineapple chunks covered with a jalapeño jelly glaze and “It’s My Rub!” Smooth Blend. This recipe won the 2014 Kentucky State BBQ Festival’s One Bite Challenge by Michael Tipton of Lexington, KY.

This recipe has been a crowd favorite at Big Green Egg festivals.  We initially tried this recipe using fresh pineapple, but found that we could not prep ahead for events because the acid in the pineapple would make the bacon fall apart (that said, try this with fresh pineapple if you are cooking them right away). Finding that the pineapple was breaking down, we tried dried pineapple and the magic combination was found.  We have been told by some folks that this is the best single bite that that they have ever tasted.  Try this bite…we think you will love it!



  • Chile Rubbed Dried Pineapple Chunks (found in produce section of HEB or can be ordered at www.eatnuts.com)
  • Thin Sliced Bacon, cut slices in thirds
  • Jalapeno Jelly (we use Tabasco green jelly)
  • “It’s My Rub”,  Smooth Blend

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Prepare BGE for indirect cooking at 350 degrees.
  2. Wrap two chunks of pineapple with a third of a slice of bacon. No need to secure with a toothpick.
  3. Place on rack or grate with drip pan underneath.
  4. Cook about 30 minutes.
  5. When bacon is almost done, glaze with melted jalapeno jelly. Sprinkle with “It’s My Rub” Smooth Blend.  Cook an additional 10 minutes.
  6. When bacon is done and glaze is set….enjoy!

Hope you enjoy these tasty bites! And, when people ask, “what makes this taste so good?”…you can proudly say, “It’s My Rub!”

By Bruce and Kelley Underwood

Copyright 2014 Underwood’s It’s My Food!, LLC

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems

Pineapple Gems on the BGE





Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems

Adding the jalapeño jelly glaze

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems







6 Responses to Award Winning Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems

  1. Dan S says:

    Did Michael Tipton have this rub for his contest?

    • Underwood says:

      Yes, He contact us and stated that he had tried these at the Georgia Mountain Eggfest and they were the best thing that he had tasted there. He wanted to do them at the Kentucky BBQ Festival. So, we sent him the dried chili spiced pineapple and some rub (before the bottling was complete). And, he won! 🙂

    • Underwood says:

      We sent him some to use for the contest. I’m thinking he probably used it. The Pineapple Gems were really good without the Smooth Blend, but using it on them really takes them to a new level!

  2. James Longmire says:

    I had these at the Driftwood Eggfest and they were by far the best thing I had! Great job!

  3. Michael Tipton says:

    Yes, I did use your rub for the contest! These are fantastic! I’ve yet to have anyone say they didn’t like them.

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