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my best barbecued chicken

Recipe by
Sheila Nakata
Maple Valley, WA

Brine! I never thought it could make such a difference! Crispy skin and great homemade BB'q sauce...Life changing. These thighs are juicy and full of flavor, the tang from the sauce will have you sorry it took so long to find this recipe!

yield 4 to 6
prep time 2 Hr
cook time 45 Min
method Barbecue

Ingredients For my best barbecued chicken

  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 clove
    garlic, crushed
  • 4 Tbsp
    kosher salt
  • 8 sprig
    fresh thyme
  • 12
    chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp
    bacon grease
  • 12 sprig
    fresh thyme
  • 4 clove
    garlic, diced
  • 1 sm
    onion, finely diced
  • 2 c
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    fresh pepper
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried mustard

How To Make my best barbecued chicken

  • 1
    In 2 quarts of water mix all of the brine ingredients in a large glass bowl with lid or large resealable bags. Add chicken thighs and chill for 2 hours or longer.
  • 2
    Drain chicken and let stand on paper towels while preparing sauce.
  • 3
    To make sauce: Saute fresh thyme in warm bacon fat, this is to infuse the sauce with thyme flavor! 3-4 minutes, it's worth it. Remove thyme springs so as not to burn. Over medium heat saute onion and garlic until tender.
  • 4
    Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Prepare grill. Salt and pepper chicken. Grill chicken skin side down first, once skin is crispy turn and add sauce. Grill underside of chicken, turning several times adding sauce each turn. Cook chicken until thoroughly cooked. Move chicken if grill flares up. Each grill and temperatures will vary, cook according to your specific grill and your grilling style. Internal temp of meat should read 165 degrees.

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