Grilled BBQ Chicken Recipes - Tips and Hints

are wonderfully varied. We've experimented with savoury grilled chicken, marinades that lend a touch of sweetness to the meat, and spicy barbecue chicken... and overall, each recipe really isn't that hard. Once you're familiar with how to marinade chicken or use a spice rub, you just need to pick your flavor and pop it on the grill. It does take a bit of experience to grill chicken well, though, so here are a few tips.

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  • Improperly cooked chicken is responsible for many food-borne illnesses every year. Sure, you can cook your chicken to charcoal to make sure it's really done, but get a meat thermometer instead. Stick it in the thickest part of the chicken to test - make sure it doesn't touch bone! The internal temperature of the meat has to be at least 174 degrees F to kill off all the bad bacteria. When grilling chicken at medium heat, start checking the temperature after about 30 minutes.

  • You could pre-cook the chicken in your oven to make sure it's truly cooked before barbecuing it... but it's less flavorful this way. But if you're worried about food-borne illness, this is the way to go. Marinate or rub the chicken with a spice mix first, bake it in the oven, and then finish it on the BBQ.

  • Consider removing the skin before marinading or grilling. Chicken skin contains a lot of fat, which can drip down into the barbecue and cause flare-ups. And flare-ups can cause your food to burn too. If you want to leave the skin on, have a water spray bottle handy to put out any flames.

  • To marinate chicken, put the chicken pieces in a big ziplock bag with the marinade and turn a few times to coat. Then put in the refrigerator 6-8 hours or overnight. You can marinate for less time if you need to, but try for at least 2-3 hours. Turn the bag once halfway the marinating period.

  • Half an hour before you're ready to grill, take your marinated chicken out of the refrigerator to warm up to room temperature.

  • Make sure your grill is pre-heated before you put the chicken on.

  • Oil your grill. Pre-heat it first, then soak a piece of paper towel in oil. Grab it with tongs and use it to grease your grill.

  • Get a basting brush. It's usually best not to baste the chicken with more sauce / marinade until it's almost done - the sugars in sauces burn easily, and besides, it takes only a few minutes to get that nice glaze on top of the chicken (much better than having a burnt, crusty piece of chicken!).

  • For super-moist, tender chicken, cook over lower heat for a longer time. When we have the time, we often cook chicken breasts around 250-270 degrees F, and the result is deliciously tender and tasty chicken.

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This website offers tips on how to BBQ as well as some of our favorite barbecue recipes. We barbecue with a charcoal grill in an outdoor kamado-style cooker called The Big Green Egg. We love food and we love the grill, and hope you enjoy our recipes!