Grilled BBQ Chicken Recipes - Tips and Hints
BBQ chicken recipes 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
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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
- 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.
Check out these BBQ chicken recipes:
Basic Grilled BBQ Chicken
The simplest, quickest way to get chicken breasts ready for the grill.
Barbecue Pizza - with Chicken
Recipe for barbecue pizza - includes delicious bbq chicken as a topping.
Pulled Chicken BBQ Recipe
Pile it high on a bun for a simple but mouthwatering meal.
As you experiment with your own grill, you'll probably create your own special
BBQ chicken recipes. Pair them up with some great
or whip up a great side salad with our BBQ salad recipes.
. We barbecue with a charcoal grill
in an outdoor kamado-style cooker called
We love food and we love the grill, and hope you enjoy our recipes!