BBQ Chicken Recipes

BBQ chicken recipes are very popular. For one thing, they are delicious (tastes just like chicken). Another reason may be that chicken is good lean protein that is low in fat. I have gotten used to using skinless chicken breast. No skin cuts out quite a lot of fat.

When it comes to smoking or grilling (BBQing), chicken easily takes on flavors of smoke, seasonings, sauces, etc. That really opens the door for creativity and experimentation.

Chicken is common to almost all cuisines. So flavorings can go full circle.Anything goes.

Chicken can be cooked in so many different ways that all types of recipes apply. Chicken can be cut up, skinned and grilled. It can be smoked whole or on a rotisserie. You can even cook beer butt chicken . Marinades , BBQ sauces , rubs ,mops , etc. can all be considered.

Some Possibilities

Think about using some of the following combinations as a base to your BBQ chicken recipes.

*lime, cilantro, and onion
*yogurt, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and cilantro
*lemon, garlic, and olive oil
*soy sauce, garlic, and ginger

Have you noticed that I use garlic as one of my ingredients quite often? It's one of those herbs that not only tastes great, but it's good for you too.  Actually garlic probably has more health benefits than cooking uses.

Anyway, those are some good starting points for marinades. How about these ingredients for making a rub.

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brown sugar
chili powder
onion powder
garlic powder

They are all just suggestions. Use them if you want to, but feel free to find BBQ chicken recipes of your own to adjust. Or maybe you have your own ideas and really would like to start from scratch. Go for it. It's all under your control. Have fun with it.

Here is an example of what you might want to do. From all of the thousands of BBQ chicken recipes out there, here is a simple one.

3 pounds of chicken thighs
1 bottle of Italian dressing
1 bottle of BBQ sauce
2 cans of beer

* marinate the chicken overnight in the dressing
* grill the chicken until barely done
* place chicken in a pan and cover with 1 can of beer and BBQ sauce
* cover pan and cook another 30 minutes to 1 hour
* drink the other can of beer while it's cooking

Look at the room for customization here. The marinade (a bottle of dressing) could be used as is, made from scratch, or anything in between. You could pick your favorite brand of BBQ sauce, make it from scratch, or anything in between.

You even get to pick your own preference of beer (unless you brew your own... Hay, there's an idea for another website).

Getting Specific

This recipe is wide open. You may prefer to have something a little more specific. If so, find one that has a lot of detail. Ingredients like

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbs parsley
1/4 c oil

are easier to adjust when you know an amount to begin with. It's easier than wondering whether to add 1/2 tsp or 1 tbs of Worcestershire sauce to a recipe, or 1/8 tsp vs 1 tsp of cayenne pepper.

See, you don't have to dream up recipes on your own. You may need only a list of ingredients. But you may need exact measurements of every one of them, too.

Start at your level, and go from there.  If you just need a list, check out a few recipes and get a list of the most common ingredients (or the ones you like).  If you need detailed amounts and step by step instructions, find a recipe you might want to try and make small adjustments to it for your taste.

Until you learn more about ingredients (by having fun and creating), use recipes as specific as you need. Eventually, you will get to the point where you won't need BBQ chicken recipes at all. You can then dream up something from scratch (if you want to, that is).

Keep On Keepin' On

Don't be in a rush, though. Things won't always turn out perfect. That's when you learn a little more about the ingredients and their interaction.

Do it on your own terms. Make small batches. Pick your times when you want to really experiment. Only involve a few people (or even just yourself). That way, if a recipe flops, you don't have to start looking around to see who noticed.

Just don't put pressure on yourself (like when entertaining). The more pressure on you to come through with a good meal, the more important it is to use a recipe you've tested, and like.

This situation is definitely one that makes the saying "enjoy the ride" hold true. The trip is more fun than the destination. Enjoy it while it lasts. And make it last a lifetime.

Like I always say... Get another drink and try again. 


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