Chicken on the Barbie

Chicken with honey-chipotle BBQ sauce.

Chicken with honey-chipotle BBQ sauce.

Recipes for making BBQ chicken on the outdoor grill are a dime a dozen.  They seem to be in every food publication you look at, and I think most folks have their favorite way of doing it.  So what can I add that’s new?  Probably not a whole lot!!

I guess I just want to brag about how great my latest batch of grilled chicken came out.  It was very well done, but not dried out;  flavorful, but not overly sweet or spicy;  a little charred but not burned beyond recognition.  AND, I made the spice rub and the basting sauce from scratch.  Along side the chicken I grilled corn on the cob and cooked fresh green beans with a little bacon for added flavor.  This turned out to be a  wonderful summertime meal that was pretty fuss-free.

The recipe calls for a quantity of chicken that could be all thighs, or a mixture of thighs and drumsticks.  It’s worth making a lot if you do it because  its great cold for lunch cut up over a green salad, or used to make a chicken salad.  Anyway you eat this chicken it is enjoyable, hot or cold.



Yield:  4- 6 servings


  •  2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup low sodium catsup
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1  1/2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard  ( I used 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard.)
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken leg-quarters, legs and thighs separated or all thighs or all drumsticks for a total of 8 pieces
  • cooking spray

1.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2.  Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add oil, swirl to coat.  Add shallots, sauté  2 minutes or until tender.  Stir in catsup and next 5 ingredients (through chipotle powder), and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.  Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

3.  Combine 1/4 tsp. salt, garlic powder, cumin and black pepper;  sprinkle over the chicken,  Place chicken on grill coated with cooking spray;  Grill 15 minutes on each side until done.

4.  Baste chicken generously with sauce; turn over, and grill 1 minute.  Baste again; turn over, and grill 1 minute.  Serve with any remaining sauce.


SOURCE:  Cooking Light

Carolina Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

Pulled pork with Carolina CoCola BBQ sauce.

Pulled pork with Carolina Root Beer BBQ sauce.

Today we had a real southern barbecue dinner.  Using the pork left from my Simple Savory Pork dinner, I made some pulled pork.  The recipe for the barbecue sauce is contained in a book my daughter gave me, written by a woman of the south, Vicki Prescott. (Sweet Tea )  In it she recounts her memories of growing up in North Carolina and the foods she ate.  Most meals were prepared by her grandmothers, aunts and mother, so I view them as authentic, family style meals.

In the book this recipe is called “Carolina CoCola Barbeque Sauce”, but root beer soda can be used with the same delicious results as I have done here.

Pulled BBQ Pork on a bun.

Pulled BBQ Pork on a bun.


These few ingredients become a luscious BBQ sauce.

These few ingredients become a luscious BBQ sauce.

Yield:   Makes about 4 cups


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped fine
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2  1/2 cups catsup
  • 1 cup Coca Cola, Pepsi, or Root Beer
  • 1  1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1.  Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.  Stir in the onion and cook until translucent.

2.  Stir in all the remaining ingredients.

3.  Simmer over medium low heat for at least 30 minutes.

4.  Shred cooked pork and add to the sauce.  Serve on a bun, or any other way you can think of to enjoy this lusciousness.


SOURCE:   Sweet Tea by Vicki Prescott