Chili-Rubbed Chicken with Barbecue "Mop" Sauce

Chili-rubbed Chicken With Barbecue Mop Sauce Recipe

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This delicious bbq chicken was featured on the cover of an old 1995 Bon Appetite magazine. Dry-rubbed before grilling, this delicious bird is then drizzled with a zesty sauce at the table.

Note: You can elect to mop the chicken with the sauce during grilling if you wish.


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  • 3/4 c
    chili powder
  • 3 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 2 tsp
    cayenne pepper

  • 1 c
    hickory barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 c
  • 1/3 c
    orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 tsp
    hot sauce (such as tabasco)
  • 2
    whole chickens, quartered (backbones discarded - 3 1/2 pounds each)
  • 3 c
    mesquite wood chips (soaked in cold water for 1 hour) optional

How to Make Chili-Rubbed Chicken with Barbecue "Mop" Sauce


  1. For chili rub - mix all ingredients in bowl. For mop sauce - mix all sauce ingredients in medium bowl.
  2. Arrange chicken in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle rub generously on both sides of chicken, press to adhere. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
  3. Prepare barbecue grill to medium-high heat. When coals are white, drain chips, if using, and scatter over coals. Place chicken, skin side down, on grill rack away from direct heat. Cover grill and cook chicken until cooked through, turning every 5 minutes and covering grill , about 35-40 minutes (chili rub may look slightly burned). Serve hot or warm passing mop sauce separately.

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About Chili-Rubbed Chicken with Barbecue "Mop" Sauce

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Low Fat, Dairy Free, Low Carb
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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