BBQ Glazed Chicken Recipe For Any Occasion
Chicken is one of the most versatile proteins to work with in the kitchen. With literally thousands of way to prepare it, one of our favorite is smoking. Get out of the kitchen and into the sunshine to create the perfect chicken dish. The flavor profile of the smoke creates the perfect blank culinary canvas. A plain bird can take on any flavor profile you want depending on your choice of sauce, rub, or seasonings. That extra flavor boost that you can only get from grilling adds an extra pop of flavor. One of the most tried and true ways to prepare the perfect grilled chicken is a traditional BBQ glazed chicken. There are many variations on BBQ glazed chicken, but we have figured out the perfect tricks and tips to make your chicken picnic perfect.
The following steps will walk you through the steps from preparing the meat, creating the perfect sauce, and grilling it to perfection.
1. Preparing your chicken.
First thing's first, you want to prepare you chicken for even cooking. Instead of cooking a whole chicken, separate your bird to make it easier to get a consistent temperature and quicker cook time. Not only does this make for more consistent temperatures, but it also makes it easier to season and prep.
2. Seasoning the chicken.
Once the chicken is separated into thighs, breast, drumsticks, and wings, you can prepare your chicken with your choice of seasonings. Others may recommend that you should brine your chicken before cooking, but that is completely unnecessary. It isn't need to get the perfect BBQ glazed chicken.
We recommend using a dry rub to help reduce moisture when cooking. This will lead to crispier chicken. No one likes soggy chicken skin! To ensure that you get the perfect, crispy skin, using a dry rub prevents the addition of extra moisture. Instead of buying a store bought rub, you can create your own with some spice cabinet staples. Using tablespoons of salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, pepper. You can store your mixture in an airtight container for up to a year!
Some people prefer to remove the skin before cooking the chicken. Remove the skin can make your chicken a little more health conscience. If you go the skinless route, we recommend opting for a marinade instead of a dry rub. There are limitless options when it comes to marinating chicken. You can opt for a store bought marinade or create your own with beer, chicken stock, soy sauce, or other flavorful liquid base. Use enough marinate to completely cover your chicken in an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for a couple hour or even overnight!
3. Removing extra moisture
There are also other steps you can take to remove any extra moisture. Once you have separated the chicken, pat the meat with clean, dry paper towels. You can also pop the pieces of chicken into the fridge to help evaporate any moisture still lingering in the skin or on the surface of the chicken.
4. Cooking low and slow
Whether you are using a dry rub, seasonings, or marinade, another important key is cooking the chicken low and slow. Grill experts all agree, setting your grill or smoker at 250 to 275 degrees is the perfect temperature range. The low temperature allows the smokey taste permeate throughout the meat and render all of the fat. Make sure to monitor the temperature of the chicken throughout the cooking process with an internal meat thermometer.
5. Hit it with some heat!
As the chicken begins to get close to the perfect temperature for doneness, approximately 165 degrees, make sure to turn up the heat to give the chicken a quick hit of intense heat to crisp up the skin. This is not necessary if you removed the skin before cooking.
6. Glazing the chicken
Now, your chicken has reached 165 degrees, but you aren't done yet. If you are looking to make BBQ glazed chicken that people will rave about, then you need to go a little further. You might of noticed that we haven't mentioned sauce yet, even though you can't have a glaze without sauce. Here is where the sauce comes into play. Pull the chicken off of your grill or smoker and coat with your favorite sauce. The easiest way to do this is to fill a bowl with your choice of sauce and dip each individual piece of chicken. Allow the glaze to set on the meat before placing it back onto the grill. The high heat of the grill will be perfect to create a glaze and caramelize any sugars in the sauce. Once again, give the chicken another temperature check, just to be on the safe side.
It is important to remember that cooking times will vary from grill to grill. It is important to monitor the temperature for doneness, taste, and most importantly food safety. Cooking time is usually around 90 minutes but it is important to remember that you may need more or less cooking time.
7. Give the chicken one last dip.
Remove the chicken from the grill and give each piece once last dip in sauce. Allow the meat to rest for about ten minutes before serving. We recommend taking a piece to cut up and check for quality. This is also perfect opportunity to give the chicken a little taste test (our favorite part).
8. Time to serve it up!
This BBQ glazed chicken recipe can be revamped for any occasion. Add a little spice with cayenne, chili powder, or curry. Give it a sweet kick with a sprinkle of brown sugar. Use this recipe as an opportunity to ditch the store bought sauce and create your own BBQ sauce creation. A simple search on the web will uncover a ton of easy BBQ sauce recipes. Looking for something sweet? Opt for a sweet Carolina sauce with molasses and brown sugar. Or, maybe you want a tangy spice? Choose a Thai or curry inspired recipe.
Serve up your perfected BBQ chicken with sides that match the vibe of the occasion. Throwing a backyard cookout, serve the chicken up with a classic potato salad and baked beans. Making a batch of chicken for a family dinner? Whip up some comfort food classics, such as mashed potatoes and gravy and macaroni and cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to smoke a chicken at 250 degrees F?
The best temperature to smoke chicken is 250 degrees F. This should take about two hours, which allows the fat to slowly render and create super juicy chicken. It also infuses the meat with a smoky flavor, which when combined with a flavorful rub or glaze, creates the ultimate chicken eating experience!
What’s the best way to glaze a chicken on the smoker?
BBQ sauce and glaze ingredients often include sugars, which can burn when they’re exposed to the high heat of the grill. These ingredients can also burn at lower smoking temperatures, so it’s best to wait until you’re close to the end of your cooking time to glaze the chicken. We like brushing chicken with a BBQ glaze once it reaches 160 degrees F, which is 5 degrees away from being finished cooking.
How long do you let meat rest before slicing?
It’s always best to let meat, like chicken, rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. If you have the time and patience, try waiting 10 to 15 minutes. The extra time will let the juices redistribute within the meat, ensuring that your chicken will turn out juicy and delicious every time.
What is the best BBQ sauce for chicken?
Any barbecue sauce that works for pulled pork will also taste delicious on chicken. It’s hard to say what the best sauce is. Perhaps you prefer a sweeter BBQ sauce, or some people like the tangier, more vinegar-forward Carolina BBQ sauces. For this recipe, we’d recommend a thick sauce which can coat the chicken without dribbling between the grill grates. This will make clean-up much easier and the sauce will cook down to a perfect glaze, too!
How do you make homemade BBQ sauce?
If you don’t have a favorite store-bought BBQ sauce for this tasty glazed chicken recipe, try making your own! All you need is ketchup, mustard, your favorite spices, and some vinegar. Add extra sugar or molasses if you like a sweeter barbecue sauce, or get spicy with it and add hot peppers or chili powder if you can stand the heat.