Friday, July 23, 2010

BBQ Chicken Thighs

Sidenote:  Isn't our new blog layout stinking ca-yute?!  Thanks to you girls who made it happen!!

I decided to put Bo over the moon by making him a dinner that was mildly Southern.  I'm from the Pacific Northwest; I really don't know a thing about Southern food.  He's from Florida and can wax poetic for an hour about the glories of sweet tea.  But, I'm always up for learning something new, so I've been experimenting lately.  Our sides were cornbread, and - drumroll please - collard greens. 

Bo rated the whole meal a 5 "finger lickin" spoons.  (No, he doesn't normally talk like that.)  He thought that the chicken was yum and said it was some of the best he'd ever tasted.  Hurrah!!  I was just grateful that he's so good at grilling, because I'll certainly never learn how :)


BBQ Chicken Thighs
adapted from Cuisine At Home Weeknight Grilling cookbook

8 chicken thighs, bone-in

4 tsp. paprika
4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. kosher salt

1 c. ketchup
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. whiskey
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. chili garlic paste*
juice of 1 lime
salt to taste

Preheat grill to medium-high. 

Remove skin and large pieces of fat from the chicken thighs.  Combine spices and salt in a bowl for the rub, and then massage mixture onto the chicken thighs to coat.  Whisk all remaining ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl. 

Grill chicken for 10 minutes, turning several times.  Dip each chicken thigh into the sauce and return to the grill.  Cook for 3 minutes and then dip again in the sauce.  Return to the grill for an additional 4-7 minutes, or until juices run clear when cut to the bone with a knife.

*  The original recipe calls for red pepper flakes, but we love using chili garlic paste anywhere that calls for heat.  We love the stuff!

Time for a chicken massage ;)

Grill with just the rub first.

Then, dunk into the sauce and continue grilling.

Grill until juices are clear, done!

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  1. Sara, I'll say it again. You take THE BEST photos. I'm drooling all over my keyboard!

  2. Ohhh, thanks :) I'm actually taking a camera class tomorrow, I'm so excited!

  3. Ohhh, thanks :) I'm actually taking a camera class tomorrow, I'm so excited!

  4. WOW drooling here too! Thanks for posting this I can't wait to show my hubs he will want to try it too!

    The Buzz, Brandy


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