How To BBQ Chicken – Learn tips and tricks on how to grill chicken perfectly, every single time.
Grilling season is here in full force. Along with burgers, steaks, and fish, I find we throw chicken on the grill over and over, all summer long. Smoky bbq chicken is a main dish my family never gets tired of eating.
If bbq chicken is a meal you enjoy, allow me to give you a few pointers today, that will help you turn good grilled chicken into incredible grilled chicken…
I’ve noticed most people struggle with cooking grilled chicken properly. You’d think it would be the easiest recipe to make. Just toss it on the grill for few minutes and Viola!
However, think about how many times you’ve been served not-so-perfect grilled chicken at backyard barbecues. So many undesirable things can happen when you place chicken on the grill. Burnt, dry, singed, overly-charred, rubbery skin, raw in the center… and so on.
Today’s “How To BBQ Chicken” Tutorial will help you eliminate these issues and serve up moist juicy bbq chicken every time. Ready?
How To BBQ Chicken
First of all, I always recommend going with bone-in chicken. Yes, it has to cook longer than boneless skinless chicken. However, the skin and bones insulate the chicken giving it a much richer flavor and juicy bite. Plus, who doesn’t love a drum stick?
1) Start by preheating the grill to indirect medium. That means the temperature will reach around 350-400 degrees F, but you will have an area without a flame directly underneath where you will place the chicken. That way, the dripping chicken doesn’t cause flareups.
2) Drizzle olive oil over the chicken. Use about 1 tablespoon for every 6-8 pieces. Then salt and pepper the chicken liberally, and massage the oil and seasoning over the entire surface of every piece. (Don’t forget to wash your hands with hot soapy water when you’re done.)
You can certainly add additional seasoning to your chicken at this point. Yet if you plan to sauce the chicken later, salt and pepper are all you need.
3) Set the chicken on the grill in the “indirect heat” area… On the grates that don’t have a full flame underneath. Grill for 15 minutes per side. Be sure to set a timer so you don’t lose track!
4) Once the chicken has grilled for 30 minutes total, brush bbq sauce over the entire surface of the chicken and grill an additional 5 minutes per side, so the bbq sauce has time to create a bark on the exterior of the chicken.
5) Finally, the only difficult step in the process… Leave the chicken alone to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute through the chicken, so that every bite is juicy.
If you insist on grilling boneless skinless chicken. Preheat the grill to medium (not indirect medium) and brush the chicken with bbq sauce. Then salt and pepper liberally and grill for 5 minutes per side. Allow the chicken to rest at least five minutes before cutting.
Remember, if you:
- Pay attention to the temperature of the grill.
- Make sure you have an area to place the chicken where the flames won’t flare.
- Oil the chicken so it doesn’t stick to the grill.
- Set your timer.
- And don’t sauce until the end…
You will certainly be able to produce perfect grilled bbq chicken every single time to make it.
Happy Grilling Season!