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Chicken Bar bq

In this blog we are going to discuss recipes for bar bq chicken. Is it better to use someone’s recipe or do you as the newest grill-master want to create your very own unique recipe. Some times it is wise for you to use a time tested recipe such as.

Two whole chicken washed and cut up into pieces(or 16 pieces of already cut up chicken. Create or use a marinade from another grill-er. A simple marinade to use is Italian salad dressing.

To marinade your bar bq chicken place in a resealable plastic bag add 1 to 2 cups Italian dressing allow to marinade for at least two hours but no longer that 8 hours max. While your chicken is marinating approx 30 minutes before cooking on charcoal or 15 minutes on gas get your fire going.

You will want to cook your bar bq chicken with indirect heat to avoid flare-ups. Also don’t forget to prepare your grates with a little oil applied with tong and a paper-towel.

Once you have started the cooking process allow approximately and hour and a half to two hours to ensure your chicken is cooked completely. Use a cooking thermometer to insure the interior temp of the chicken is 160-170 degrees.

While you are cooking your chicken check often and turn from bone side down to meat side down every 20 minutes. You want the temp of your grill on high heat 300-350. If you have chosen to add a woodsmoke flavor to your bar bq chicken approx 10 minutes into the cooking process is a good time to add the wood chips or chunks to your fire. Don’t forget to have soaked your wood in water prior to the grilling process. Usually a citrus wood chip works wonderfully with chicken or pork.

You can do many different variations on the chicken theme from placing a dry rub on your bar bq chicken or marinating with a white wine and spice marinade. You may also choose to apply barbeque sauce on the chicken do not do this until the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time so that it does not burn and you get the full flavor of the sauce.

Some other marinades you may want to try are Napa Red Wine Marinade, Asian Soy-Ginger Marinade or look on line to find different marinades you would like to try or create your own with your favorite blend of spices and some wine, oil, or other liquid to add to your spices to create that unique marinade you call your own. Maybe orange,lime,grapefruit, or tomato juice or any other juice you can think of.

To create the Napa Marinade use a zesty red wine of your choice.
1 cup of the hearty red wine you have chosen.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
1 tablespoon fresh basil or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried
2 garlic cloves, crushed under a knife
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a large bowl, whisk together the wine,vinegar,rosemary,sage,basil,garlic,salt, red pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Use immediately.

Asian Soy-Ginger Marinade
1/2 cup Japanese soy sauce
1/2 cup sweet sherry
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons shredded fresh ginger
(use the large holes of a box grater)
2 scallions, white and green parts, trimmed and coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed under a knife
1/2 fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup dark Asian sesame oil

in a medium bowl whisk together the soy sauce, sherry, honey, ginger, scallions, garlic, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the sesame oil. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.

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