Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Grilled Backyard Barbecued Chicken

One of my favorite grilled foods is backyard barbecued chicken. Mine starts with a brine, gets a nice rub before hitting the grill and is basted with sauce at the end. Delicious!
One of my favorite grilled foods is backyard barbecued chicken. Mine starts with a brine, gets a nice rub before hitting the grill and is basted with sauce at the end. Delicious!

Backyard Barbecued Chicken

Grilled barbecued chicken - meaning chicken cooked on the grill and doused in barbecue sauce - is one of my favorite foods. I just simply love it. It's been a little bit hard to get it in here lately though, since April showers seem to have surfaced full force here in May, and I don't have a covered patio.

My barbecued chicken starts with a whole chicken that I cut up myself, then dump in a brine. After that, it gets a marinade with a basic dry rub for a few hours


Then it's grilled, using a smoker box and some wood chips, and a finish of barbecue sauce at the end.


This produces a tender, moist and juicy bird y'all, so yummy. Directions here are written for a gas grill, because that was my tool of choice here, so adjust as needed for yours.


Skittish about chicken on the grill because it always turns out charred on the outside and raw on the inside? Or, maybe you're making massive amounts of chicken for a party or backyard barbecue. Or, maybe you're trying to grill between downpours. Make it easy on yourself and consider letting the oven do some of the work. Brine and marinate with the dry rub, then bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes and finish on the grill - nobody has to know. Here's how to make it.


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Recipe: Grilled Backyard Barbecued Chicken

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Inactive time: 8-12 hours |Cook time: 20 min | Yield: About 6 to 8 servings

Tools and Ingredients

Wood Chips and Smoker Box
Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Bottled Commercial Barbecue Sauce, or Dressed Up Bottled Barbecue Sauce

Brine:
  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) whole chicken, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
Dry Rub Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper grinder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions

For the Brine: Cut chicken up into serving pieces. Fill a large pot or container with enough water to cover the chicken well. Whisk the salt into the water until dissolved; whisk in the vinegar. Add the chicken and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Remove the chicken from the brine and allow to drain well. Discard the brine. Pat the chicken pieces dry, laying out on a platter or baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. Combine the dry rub ingredients and rub the chicken well with the dry rub, cover loosely and refrigerate several hours. Grill chicken covered, turning occasionally, about 12 to 16 minutes for thighs; 16 to 20 minute for legs. Cook breasts, skin side up, for about 10 minutes, turn and cook another 5 minutes or until juices run clear, or an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees F for dark meat, 160 degrees F for breasts. Apply barbecue sauce in the last few minutes of cooking.

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Gas Grill Directions:  If using wood chips, presoak them for about 30 minutes before needing. Drain the wood chips and place them into a smoking box (or make a homemade aluminum foil tray for a gas grill/packet for charcoal) and put on top of the section of the grill you intend to keep hot.  Preheat grill to high on all burners about 15 minutes.

When ready to grill, leave one (or two) burners on high, turn all other burners down to medium low. Oil the grates, and sear the chicken on the hottest part of the grill, with the lid closed, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Move the chicken to the cooler part of the grill, and grill covered, turning occasionally, about 12 to 16 minutes for thighs; 16 to 20 minute for legs. Cook breasts, skin side up, for about 10 minutes, turn and cook another 5 minutes or until done.  Check by using the tip of a knife inserted near the bone, there should not be any red showing.  Chicken is done when an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees for dark meat and 160 degrees for breasts. Apply barbecue sauce in the last few minutes of cooking.

For the Traeger: Prepare chicken as above. Preheat to smoke with lid open for 5 minutes. Close lid and increase temperature to 325 degrees F. When smoker comes to temperature, add chicken and smoke for 30 minutes. If saucing, brush on chicken, turn, brush again and continue cooking another 30 minutes, or to internal temperature of 165/170 degrees F. Turn off smoker and let chicken rest on grates with lid shut for 10 minutes then transfer to platter with a bowl of remaining sauce for the table.

Alabama White "Barbecue" Sauce: Combine 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.

Tip: Store your barbecue sauce in a pull top, squirt type water bottle. Instead of using a brush, squirt the sauce on the chicken in the last few minutes of cooking, taking care not to allow the bottle to touch the chicken. Store the remaining sauce in the fridge.
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Pre-Cooking

If you are skittish about chicken on the grill because it always turns out charred on the outside and raw on the inside, if you don't want to deal with indirect cooking, if you're making massive amounts of chicken for a party or backyard barbecue, or, if you're trying to grill between rain like I was this weekend, consider pre-cooking the chicken in the oven first.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the rubbed chicken pieces on a rack, on a foil-lined large baking sheet. Roast for about 50 minutes, then finish on a preheated very hot grill, over direct heat. Sear both sides of the chicken first, then brush with the sauce, turn, cook for about 5 to 10 minutes total, brushing with sauce and turning several times, until chicken is done.

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