Basic Grilled BBQ Chicken
Chicken breasts, believe it or not, are actually fairly difficult
to barbecue well. And when overcooked, they get that awful, dry, gritty
texture that totally ruins the taste. Here's a recipe for basic
grilled BBQ chicken. It's
not hard, but it does take a bit of preparation time to get good
What You Need
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 6 cups of cold water
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1-1/2 tbsp table salt
Preparing the Chicken
Important note: pre-heat your barbecue to high heat before you
start preparing the chicken. The chicken needs to put on the grill
right after removing it from the brining solution.
- Trim the chicken of fat or any loose meat.
- Rinse the chicken breasts under cold, running water. Pat dry.
- Pound the chicken flat, to a uniform 1/2" to 3/4" thickness. One of the
difficulties in grilling chicken properly is the natural shape of
the chicken -- there's the big thick part, which tapers off to
a skinny section. So it's easy to overcook parts of the breast while
undercooking another part.
- Combine the water, sugar, and salt (this is the brining solution).
The sugar and salt needs to be completely dissolved in the water. If
you're having trouble with this, you can heat up the water to help
it along - just be sure to cool the mixture thoroughly before using it.
- Now add the chicken breasts and the liquid mixture to a ziplock
bag, or use a shallow dish (so long as the chicken is covered).
- Let sit in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Don't leave it
too long, or your chicken will be too salty!
Barbecuing the Chicken
- Preheat the grill to high heat (this needs to be ready for the chicken
immediately after it's removed from the brining solution).
- Grease the cooking grate.
- Remove the chicken from the brining solution and immediately place on
- Cook for 6-10 minutes, turning once, until the chicken is done.
Brining the chicken and then barbecuing it quickly over high heat are
the keys to this basic, tender, grilled BBQ chicken. Check out some
side dishes for BBQ to go
with the chicken.
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!