It’s the weekend. When it’s the weekend, it’s almost always the time to grill and eat some humble foods that will surely fill our family’s tummy.
This weekend, it’s the humble, simple grilled barbecue chicken. My wife calls this Grilled BBQ Chicken Marinade.
I can’t wait to taste my father-in-law’s simple version of the grilled barbecue chicken. When we were in the Philippines, he would make his barbecue chicken every occasion (no matter what the occasion was) and it’s always a hit.
We got a new grill since our old one was too old and we needed to get another one. We donated our old one because we didn’t want to just throw it away. It’s still good but it was no longer good for a family of 5. I had it when I was still a bachelor. So, it was really meant for just a person or two.
Anyhow, I love our new grill. It’s not bulky and it’s definitely not expensive. I paid around $30ish on Aldi. You can get one though on Amazon for almost the same price. You don’t need to buy the expensive ones, which sometimes can cost in the upper $300s.
Grills, for me, serve the same purpose. They are for grilling although I have to admit that the expensive ones look really good. For me, I’m ok with the $30ish grill I found. It works. It serves its purpose. We are happy and that’s all that matters.
FYI: This is one of the easy barbecue chicken recipes you’ll ever find.
Anything with barbecue is generally yummy and tasty. The tangy and sweet taste of barbecue is just a feast to the mouth. When was the last time you ate a barbecue dish that didn’t live up to your taste buds? Well, I should ask… How many barbecue recipes/foods you don’t like?
I bet your answer is only a few.
Barbecue is a world flavor. Whether your into American food, Asian food, European food, or something else, you’ll find out that barbecue flavor or barbecue is existent in almost every single type of cuisine out there.
Anyhow, this grilled barbecue chicken recipe is for those who want a simple but worth it recipe. You only need a couple of ingredients, most of them are probably in your pantry.
You can always try to create your own homemade barbecue sauce but a store-bought one will suffice. It’s how you transform this store-bought barbecue sauce into an extraordinary one that makes your food quite delicious.
Let us now go to the meat of this post, that is, how to make this yummy grilled barbecue chicken.
First, rub salt and pepper on both sides on the chicken parts you selected. Set aside.
Crush and slice cloves of garlic. In a large glass bowl, combine brown sugar, barbecue sauce, and garlic. You need to add sugar to provide more sweet taste and garlic to add some garlicky taste in the sauce. Make sure that all ingredients are well-incorporated.
Set aside 1/2 cup of the sauce for basting. You need this when you are grilling and before you serve this dish to your family, guests, or whoever is eating this delicious food.
Put all the chicken parts into the bowl. Make sure the chicken parts are well covered with the barbecue sauce. Once done, transfer the parts to the Pyrex baking dish. Marinate for at least 4 hours. Chicken parts will absorb the sauce and have more flavor when they are marinated.
Prepare one side of the grill for high, direct heat. If you are using wood or charcoal, always make sure there’s a cool side to the grill, that is, where there are only a few or no coals. Some chicken parts (i.e. legs and thighs) will hold up better on long, direct heat while others (i.e. breasts) do not. That’s why it’s necessary to place the breasts parts far away from the direct heat.
Don’t take out the skin when grilling. The skins will help prevent the chicken parts from drying out. Whether you want to eat the skins or not, it’s always best to live them on.
Lay down the chicken parts skin side down. Grill for 5-10 minutes (depending on how hot the grill is). After that, transfer them to the cool side.
If you are using a gas-type grill, always leave one side cool and one side directly over the flame. Reduce the temp to between 250F and 275F for gas-type grill.
Cover the grill and cook for 15-25 minutes.
Turn the parts over and baste them with the sauce you set aside for basting. Cover the grill again so the chicken can cook for another 10 minutes.
Repeat the process for the rest of the chicken parts left for grilling. Paint (haha) more sauce before serving. You do this to make sure the chicken parts are moist and flavorful.
Quick note: The total time to cook the chicken parts will depend on your grill size, chicken parts sizes, grill’s temp, etc. Make sure to maintain a low grill temp to allow chicken parts to cook without drying them out. You can use meat thermometer to make sure that your chicken parts reach the safe level of temperature for consumption.
You can create grilled BBQ chicken breast (exclusively using chicken breasts) or grilled BBQ chicken thighs (exclusively using thighs), etc. In short, this recipe can be your base recipe and start from there.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does.
Are you going to try this grilled barbecue chicken recipe? Are you going to make this recipe for your family or for a party? Please leave your comments and suggestions to this recipe.