Barbecuing chicken sounds simple enough. Fire up the grill, throw some chicken on, and smother it in some generic ‘chicken and pork’ BBQ sauce. In fact, there’s a good chance that’ll taste pretty good; but if you’re looking to elevate your backyard barbecuing to a level that will really impress your guests, let me walk you through the right way to barbecue chicken.
There are 3 essentials to keep in mind when cooking the perfect barbecued chicken:
- The dry rub.
- Keeping the grill at the right temperature.
- The final sear and a generous application of barbecue sauce.
The Dry Rub
Everyone likes different seasonings, so for this one you will have to play around with what you and your guests like best. Once you have found the perfect mix of spices for you, apply the dry rub all over the chicken and allow some time for the flavours to absorb.
Looking for some inspiration? Check out some of these great recipes, or stick to the staples: salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
Whether you’re using a charcoal grill or a gas grill, you want to ensure that only one side is generating heat. Once you’ve done this, line up the chicken on the opposite, cooler side of the grill.
Cover the grill to build up some heat and cook until the chicken starts to turn golden (this typically takes 25 to 30 minutes). Once the chicken is golden, move the pieces closer to the heat source and apply a healthy amount of your favourite sauce.
Your chicken is done when the sauce begins to caramelize and crisp; all that’s left to do is remove from the grill and enjoy!
Luckily for you, we’ve already created the best BBQ sauce there is and bottled it for your convenience. That said; if you’re looking to try something new and create your own sauce from scratch, check out some of the recipes that exist online here.