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Grilled BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce (Video!)

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Grilled BBQ Chicken enveloped in a tantalizing spice rub, slathered with Homemade Barbecue Sauce and grilled to perfection for the perfect juicy, smokey flavorful hen each single time!


Grilled BBQ Chicken is tremendous fast and straightforward and doesn’t require a marinade so it’s good for final minute dinners or entertaining.  You need to use my insanely scrumptious Homemade Barbecue Sauce or your favourite store-bought barbecue sauce.  I’ve included ideas and tips and cooking occasions for various cuts of hen so you’re absolutely quipped to make Grilled Barbecue hen in all its juicy, saucy, caramelized-edged glory.

GRILLED BBQ CHICKEN RECIPE VIDEO

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What Makes the Greatest BBQ Chicken on the Grill?

Grilled BBQ Chicken is all the time a crowd pleaser – when it’s accomplished proper.  And this Grilled BBQ Chicken is completed proper.  Each Patrick and I have been anticipating to like this Barbecue Chicken however we have been inhaling this hen.  This Grilled BBQ Chicken deserves to grow to be a time for supper staple alongside with favorites Nashville Scorching Chicken and Baked Fried Chicken.

What units this Grilled BBQ Chicken recipe aside from the remaining is the selfmade spice rub and do-it-yourself Barbecue Sauce.   I’ve scaled down each the rub and barbecue sauce from my  BBQ Brisket, BBQ Ribs, and BBQ Brisket Sandwiches since you don’t mess with perfection. In the event you haven’t tried any of those barbecue recipes but, then it’s time, beginning with this Barbecue Chicken!  Listed here are just some feedback relating to the Homemade Barbecue Sauce (on my ribs publish):

“Absolutely incredible!! My husband is a huge BBQ rib fan. He’s been to rib competitions always looking for the best BBQ sauce. He was blown away. I haven’t even finished digesting and felt the need to leave this comment asap. Lol thank you…” – Danielle

“The BBQ sauce is some of the best I have tasted!”  -Beth

“….The best part is your BBQ sauce. That is the best I have ever had and I will be making my own (your recipe) from here on out. I was skeptical reading all the posts about how good it was and I now know why. Absolutely amazing…” – Terry

“…That bbq sauce is amazing, I will definitely be using that sauce from now on!” – Kristen

So whereas it’s simpler and extra handy to squeeze a bunch of store-bought barbecue sauce in your grilled barbecue hen, I promise the selfmade barbecue sauce could be very easy to make and tantalizingly scrumptious!

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What Ought to I Season Grilled BBQ Chicken with?

Alongside with the selfmade barbecue sauce, your hen wants a dynamite rub.  In case you simply slather a bit of grilled hen in barbecue sauce, I promise you’ll be dissatisfied. Should you simply marinate your hen in barbecue sauce, I promise you’ll be disillusioned.   If you would like multi-dimensional restaurant scrumptious Grilled Barbecue Chicken, then it wants a spice rub and barbecue sauce.

I’m an enormous believer within the elevating energy of spice rubs.   I exploit a spice rub in my Carne Asada recipe and I exploit a spice rub in my Buffalo Scorching Wings which I consider transforms them into a few of the greatest on the market.

For this Grilled BBQ Chicken spice rub we whisk collectively:

  • smoked paprika
  • chili powder
  • chipotle chili powder
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • dried thyme
  • salt
  •  pepper
  • brown sugar

When you rub your hen with olive oil and the spice rub, you possibly can let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or cowl or switch to a freezer measurement bag and refrigerate for as much as 24 hours.  24 hours is perfect however even with simply 30 minutes of resting, your hen can be taken to an entire new degree of YUM.

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Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast

If you wish to make Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts,  you may need to think about using a brine as a result of hen breasts can simply dry out when cooked because of their low fats content material.

  • WHY BRINE CHICKEN BREASTS?   Briefly, brining is the quickest method (15 minutes) to make sure juicy hen each single time as a result of the salty brining tub will increase the moisture capability of the hen.  It does this by breaking down the proteins of the fowl to allow them to not contract when cooking.  This implies much less water shall be squeezed out and misplaced, leading to juicier hen.
  • HOW TO BRINE CHICKEN:  Mix Eight cups heat water and half cup kosher salt collectively in a glass dish. Stir till the salt dissolves. Add hen and let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes.  Rinse hen and pat dry – that’s it!

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How lengthy does it take to BBQ hen on the grill?

I selected to make use of hen drumsticks on this Grilled BBQ Chicken recipe as a result of they’re all the time the primary to fly off the plate (pun meant).  Chicken drumsticks are inherently juicy, exhausting to overcook and straightforward to eat with only one hand with none utensils required.

That being stated, you possibly can definitely use any a part of the hen to grill.  I’ve outlined the totally different cooking occasions for every reduce of hen under, however consider these might be barely totally different for every particular person resulting from grill variables and the precise measurement of every reduce of hen.  The one sure solution to know in case your hen is completed is to make use of an on the spot learn thermometer.  Should you don’t personal one, they’re obtainable at each grocery retailer, so add it to your record in the present day :)!

You’ll word under that I say some cuts of hen are accomplished when an prompt learn thermometer reads 165°F and on some cuts I say 165-180° F.  Whereas 165° is protected, some cuts of hen, such because the drumsticks and leg quarters, truly style higher when they’re cooked nearer to 180°F  as a result of they (in contrast to hen breasts) will turn into extra tender.

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HOW LONG DO I GRILL CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS? 

  • Grease and preheat grill to excessive warmth.
  • Season hen and add to scorching grill and sear for five minutes, uncovered, flip and sear a further 5 minutes, uncovered.
  • Cowl, and switch warmth right down to low so the temperature stays round 325°F when the lid is CLOSED.
  • Prepare dinner 5 minute then flip and canopy; prepare dinner a further 5 minutes.
  • Examine hen temperature. It ought to register 165-180°F. If hen is just not cooked to this temperature but, flip and repeat steps till hen is absolutely cooked via.

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HOW LONG DO I GRILL CHICKEN THIGHS?

  • Grease and preheat the grill to medium warmth, 375-450°F.
  • Season hen thighs and grill undisturbed for 5-7 minutes per aspect, or till hen is cooked by means of. An inserted thermometer ought to learn 165° F.

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HOW LONG DO I GRILL BONE-IN CHICKEN THIGHS?

  • Grease and warmth grill to medium warmth.
  • Season and add hen to grill. 
  • Cowl, and scale back warmth so it stays round 350-375°F with the lid CLOSED.
  • Grill hen thighs 6-10 minutes per aspect, relying on measurement, or till not pink and an inside thermometer registers 165° F

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HOW LONG DO I GRILL CHICKEN BREASTS?

  • Grease and preheat grill to medium warmth, 375-450°F.
  • Pound hen breasts to a fair thickness.
  • Season hen breasts and grill undisturbed for 5-7 minutes per aspect, relying on thickness, or till hen is cooked by means of. An inserted thermometer ought to learn 165°F.

HOW LONG DO I GRILL CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS? 

  • Grease and warmth grill to excessive warmth. 
  • Season hen and add to scorching grill and sear for five minutes. Flip hen over and sear 5 minutes.
  • Cowl and scale back warmth to low in order that the warmth stays round 350°F when the lid is CLOSED.
  • Grill with the lid closed for 12 minutes.
  • Flip hen over, cowl and grill and extra 12 minutes.
  • Verify hen temperature. It ought to register 165-180° F. If hen just isn’t cooked to this temperature but, flip and repeat steps till hen is absolutely cooked by way of.

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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR GRILLED BARBECUE CHICKEN

  • Take away Pores and skin. I take away the pores and skin from my hen drumsticks as a result of I’m not a fan of soggy pores and skin.  Even when the pores and skin is crispy initially when grilled, it will get soggy when coated within the barbecue sauce. Chicken with the pores and skin on can also be extra vulnerable to trigger flare-ups and burn.  If you wish to grill with the pores and skin on, eat it with the pores and skin on or you’ll lose the flavour from the rub.  Even be ready with some water close by the grill in case of flare ups.
  • Use all of the seasonings.  The spice combine may look like numerous seasonings, however I promise it’s the good quantity, use ALL of it!
  • Let hen relaxation.  After you rub the hen with seasonings, let it relaxation for 30 minutes on the counter or tightly wrap/switch to freezer measurement Ziploc bag and refrigerate as much as 24 hours.  Letting it relaxation is life altering!
  • Don’t prepare dinner hen straight from the fridge!  In case your hen has been refrigerated, let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes, it will permit your hen to return nearer to room temperature so it should prepare dinner extra evenly.

 

  • Preheat grill with lid closed.  Preheat your grill with the lid closed so your grill will get good and scorching however sear with the lid open.  Comply with particular directions on whether or not grill must be open or closed.  If directions don’t specify, then meaning to grill uncovered, with the lid open.
  • Use a immediate learn thermometer!  In terms of checking the temperature of hen, there isn’t a correct strategy to verify with out chopping your hen open and loosing juices, aside from an on the spot learn thermometer!  They’re quick, extremely correct, and prevent all of the guesswork and probably meals poisoning
  • Shut lid.  Excluding hen breasts, and thighs,  hold the grill lid closed as a lot as attainable after searing. Drumsticks, leg quarters and bone-in hen thighs have to be roasted which is accomplish when the lid is closed inflicting warmth to encompass the hen.
  • Prepare dinner to 165°F for LIGHT meat or 180°F for DARK  meat.  Whereas 165°F is a protected inner temperature for all hen, 180°F will produce extra tender, fall-off-the-bone darkish meat.

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When Ought to I add Barbecue Sauce to the Grilled Chicken?

You don’t need to add any BBQ Sauce to your hen till the final three minutes or so of cooking in any other case the sauce will burn because of the sugars within the barbecue sauce.  I like so as to add the barbecue sauce when my hen is nearly achieved, then let it grill on both sides for a minute or so so the barbecue sauce caramelizes barely then I slather my hen with extra barbecue sauce off of the grill.

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What Ought to I Serve with Grilled BBQ Chicken?

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Grilled BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Grilled BBQ Chicken enveloped in a tantalizing spice rub, slathered with Homemade Barbecue Sauce and grilled to perfection for the perfect juicy, smokey flavorful hen each single time!

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Components

  • Eight-10 skinless hen drumsticks approx. three kilos
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

SPICE MIX

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp EACH chili powder, onion, powder, garlic powder, brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp EACH chipotle chili powder, dried thyme, pepper

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/four cup molasses
  • 1/four cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons seedless blackberry preserves
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 half teaspoons reserved Spice Rub (from above, in instructions)

Elements

  • Eight-10 skinless hen drumsticks approx. three kilos
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

SPICE MIX

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 half teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp EACH chili powder, onion, powder, garlic powder, brown sugar
  • half tsp EACH chipotle chili powder, dried thyme, pepper

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/four cup molasses
  • 1/four cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons seedless blackberry preserves
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons reserved Spice Rub (from above, in instructions)
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Directions

  1. Whisk collectively all the Spice Combine Elements. Take away 1 1/2 teaspoons to a saucepan to make use of later in your Barbecue Sauce.

  2. Drizzle hen with 1 tablespoon olive oil and rub it everywhere in the hen. Sprinkle the hen with half of the Spice Combine and rub into hen. Flip hen over and sprinkle with remaining spice combine (it’s going to appear to be so much however use all of it). Rub spice combine into hen. Let hen sit 30 minutes at room temperature OR you’ll be able to cowl and refrigerate as much as in a single day and prepare dinner later. (In the event you refrigerate hen and grill later, let hen sit at room temperature for 30 minutes previous to grilling for extra even cooking.)

  3. In the meantime, add all the Barbecue Sauce components to the saucepan with the reserved 1 1/2 teaspoons spice combine. Whisk collectively and simmer for 5-10 minutes for the flavors to meld.

TO GRILL

  1. Grease grill and preheat grill to excessive warmth. As soon as scorching, add hen and sear, uncovered, for five minutes, flip hen over and sear a further 5 minutes.

  2. Cowl, and switch warmth right down to low so the temperature stays round 325 levels F when the lid is closed. Prepare dinner 5 minutes with the lid closed, flip and prepare dinner a further 5 minutes with the lid closed.

  3. Baste hen with barbecue sauce and prepare dinner 1 minute, flip and prepare dinner a further minute. Utilizing an on the spot learn thermometer, examine temperature of hen on the thickest half with out touching the bone. Chicken is completed when it registers 165-180º F on an on the spot learn thermometer. If hen isn’t accomplished, proceed to grill (coated) and flip hen and baste with barbecue sauce each three minutes till it reaches temperature.

  4. Take away hen to a serving platter brush with barbecue sauce. Let relaxation 5 minutes earlier than serving. Serve with further barbecue sauce.

TO BAKE

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil (for straightforward cleanup) and prime with a baking/cooling rack when you have one. Calmly spray rack with nonstick cooking spray. Line drumsticks on the baking rack with out touching. Let hen set at room temperature for 30-60 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 425 F levels. Bake hen at 425 F levels for 30-35 minutes or till cooked via.

  2. Take away hen to a serving platter brush with barbecue sauce. Let relaxation 5 minutes earlier than serving. Serve with further barbecue sauce.

Recipe Notes

TIPS AND  TRICKS

  • Take away Pores and skin. I take away the pores and skin from my hen drumsticks as a result of I’m not a fan of soggy pores and skin.  Even when the pores and skin is crispy initially when grilled, it will get soggy when coated within the barbecue sauce. It’s also extra susceptible to trigger flare-ups and burn.  If you wish to grill with the pores and skin on, eat it with the pores and skin on or you’ll losoe the flavour from the rub.  Even be ready with some water close by the grill in case of flare ups.
  • Use all of the seasonings.  The spice combine may look like a number of seasonings, however I promise it’s the good quantity, use ALL of it!
  • Let hen relaxation.  After you rub the hen with seasonings, let it relaxation for 30 minutes on the counter or tightly wrap/switch to freezer measurement Ziploc bag and refrigerate as much as 24 hours.  Letting it relaxation is life altering!
  • Do not prepare dinner hen straight from the fridge!  In case your hen has been refrigerated, let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes, it will permit your hen to return nearer to room temperature so it should prepare dinner extra evenly.
  • Preheat grill with lid closed.  Preheat your grill with the lid closed so your grill will get good and scorching however sear with the lid open.  Comply with particular directions on whether or not grill ought to be open or closed.  If directions don’t specify, then meaning to grill uncovered, with the lid open.
  • Use a prompt learn thermometer!  In relation to checking the temperature of hen, there isn’t any correct strategy to verify with out chopping your hen open and loosing juices, then through the use of an immediate learn thermometer.  They’re quick, extremely correct, and prevent all of the guesswork and probably meals poisoning.
  • Shut lid.  Aside from hen breasts, and thighs,  hold the grill  lid closed as a lot as attainable after searing. Drumsticks, leg quarters and bone-in hen thighs must be roasted which is accomplish when the lid is closed inflicting warmth to encompass the hen.
  • Prepare dinner to 165°F for LIGHT meat or 180°F for DARK  meat.  Whereas 165°F is a protected inner temperature for all hen, 180°F will produce extra tender, fall-off-the-bone darkish meat.
  • Add BBQ sauce on the finish.  We need to develop a pleasant sear on our hen, so maintain the barbecue sauce till the previous few minutes of grilling.  It’s also necessary to not add barbecue sauce till the top of grilling in any other case the sauce will burn because of the sugars within the sauce.   I like so as to add the barbecue sauce when my hen is nearly completed, then let it grill on all sides for a minute or so so the barbecue sauce caramelizes barely then I slather my hen with extra barbecue sauce off of the grill.

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