BBQ chicken that has been prepared correctly will taste heavenly. However, it seems that with its high popularity and reckless BBQ cooking manners, many people are screwing up this delicious meal.
When the chicken has been improperly barbecued, it looks pinkish in the core and burnt outside. Not only will it affect the taste, but it also becomes harmful for our body.
Here is the beginners’ guide for people who want to BBQ chicken in the right way.
- Charcoal Grill/Gas Grill
- Pieces of Chicken
- Meat Thermometer
- Brush for the sauce
- Side Dishes
- Choose the type of chicken that has to be barbecued. Thighs and legs are preferred by some, while others like skinless, boneless chicken breasts. If you are barbecuing more than one chicken part, then the cooking times would have to be modified. White meat like wings and breasts cook faster than dark meat like thighs and legs.
- Choose the right grill for your BBQ needs. This will depend on how one wants to prepare the barbecue. This will also depend on the region one is living in, plus the lifestyle. If a person is a novice at grilling, then the gas type is advised. However, this might not be simple to use during winters.
- Next, the chicken has to be properly marinated. This will allow the flavor to evenly sink into the chicken, making it taste great after it is grilled. Marinations have numerous variations, from teriyaki to lemon pepper. Marinate the chicken, and store it in the fridge for around twelve hours.
- After the chicken is marinated and stored in the fridge overnight, you can rub it with the seasonings. This will depend on the kind of flavor needed to be given to the BBQ chicken.
- The chicken has to be adequately pre-cooked by pre-baking. The ideal temperature for baking is 360 degrees in the oven until somewhat cooked. This will lock in flavors and ensure that the chicken has been cooked before it enters the grill. Others do boiling. However, boiling takes away the zest and makes it tasteless.
- Next, make the grill ready. If you are using a charcoal grill, light the coal and leave it to burn until a wish coating of ash appears. If you are using a gas grill, pre-heat to the medium-high temperature of 360 degrees.
- Next, put the seasoned chicken on the rock and adequately cover it with a grill lid. Give it around half an hour to cook. Check after every 5 minutes, and turn the chicken to ensure uniformity.
- Next, glaze the chicken again with seasoning for around eight minutes before taking it off the grill.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the chicken pieces. The internal temperature must be around 170 degrees.
- Once the BBQ chicken is ready, serve it with side dishes like pasta salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salads.