Sexy Valentines Chicken Hearts – Sweet Outside Tender Inside

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Sexy Valentines Chicken Hearts – Sweet Outside Tender Inside

How does a barbecue pitmaster wow his sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Maybe chocolates, flowers, romantic dinner, and fancy love poetry? Nope, for 2014, I figured I’d do something unique to celebrate V-Day with my sweetheart who is also a Grand Champion Pitmaster. I reckon the way to her heart is by giving her chicken hearts . . . that is, sexy heart-shaped boneless chicken morsels that are sweet on the outside and tender on the insides. From her smiles when she received them, I guess I succeeded! If you want to try these sexy chicken hearts for your V-Day, here are some tips from me to you (guys and gals, alike).

  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 mins
  • Yield: 2


  • Small chicken thighs (as many as you like)
  • SYD Competition Chicken Rub (won 1st Place USA in 2012 KCBS Chicken TOY)
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce (add some honey and hot sauce to make it sweet and spicy)


  1. Debone chicken thigh and trim off excess meat, skin, and fat. Trim to fit the heart-shaped mold you are using (I used a heart-shaped silicone cookie sheet). Cut a V-notch on one end to help it fit nicely
  2. Debone thighs and trim to fit your heart-shaped mold
  3. Remove the skin and scrape excess fat from the underside of the skin
  4. Fit the thigh into the shape
  5. Put skin on and apply your chicken rub
  6. Scrape excess fat from under the skin and drape over meat
  7. Cook in 275F pit for about 30 minutes. This should be long enough to set the shape
  8. Season with your favorite Chicken Rub
  9. Carefully remove from the silicon mold and place into a foil pan
  10. Cover foil pan tightly and cook covered foil pan for another 30 minutes in the pit
  11. Open the foil cover and be cautious so you don’t burn yourself with the steam escaping
  12. Brush you heart shaped morsels with your favorite sweet and spicy barbecue sauce
  13. Glaze and return to pit to set
  14. Return to pit for 5 minutes to set
  15. Watch her (or his) heart melt when she sees it!
  16. Enjoy!
  • Author: Harry Soo
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 65 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American