nashville hot chicken

Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville is famous for being the home of county music and for Hot Chicken. Folks line up down the block for this Hot & Spicy delicacy!

Hot Chicken joints deep fry juicy pieces of chicken and dunk it in a spicy sauce that lights up your taste buds. The heat levels can vary according to your likes. For me I want a little burn but not enough to blow your head off.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Instead of frying the chicken, I wanted to create a grilled version that was just as tasty. For this I needed high heat. I fired up my classic weber kettle set up with a Charcoal Vortex. The vortex is an accessory that concentrates the heat into the dome of the weber (or any similar style grill) and produces extremely high temperatures in an indirect way.

The meat is placed around the vortex instead of directly over the coals which prevents burning and creates a crispier texture. It’s perfect for grilling chicken. You can check out the Vortex here >>

Nashville Hot Chicken

I started with 10 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Thighs are juicy and full of flavor so they’re excellent choices for grilling, but use whatever pieces you want. Dry each thigh with a couple sheets of paper towel to absorb the moisture.

Next each piece gets a good dose of spicy Nashville chicken seasoning (recipe below). I add cayenne, white pepper, paprika, and chipotle pepper to my Killer Hogs AP Rub to really kick up the flavor.

The skin also needs a little fat to help it brown. Hit it with a touch of vegetable cooking spray, and it’s ready for the grill.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Once the weber is hot (I’m talking pegged out on the temp dial) arrange each piece of chicken around the outside of the cooking grate. It’ll take about 30-40 minutes to grill. Thighs need to cook to at least 175⁰ internal. I like to use a Thermoworks Thermapen for checking internal temps.

Half way through the cook (about 20 minutes) rotate each one to ensure they cook evenly.

Nashville Hot Chicken

The sauce (recipe below) is what truly makes Nashville Hot Chicken. I start with a cup of Killer Hogs Hot Sauce in a small pot over medium heat. Add butter and canola oil until it starts to simmer; then the spices: A heaping Tablespoon of the chicken seasoning followed by more cayenne pepper and paprika. To balance everything out I add a little brown sugar and it’s ready. Just keep it warm until the chicken is done.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Remove the thighs from the grill once you see the internal hit 175⁰. At this point the skin should be brown and crispy.

Nashville Hot Chicken

Dunk each piece in the Hot Sauce mixture. In Nashville they serve it with loaf bread and dill pickles.

I thought that it would pair nice with a good Blue Cheese Biscuit for soaking up some of the spicy sauce. You can find that recipe here>>

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Nashville Hot Chicken

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Chicken Thighs (or any pieces)
  • 8oz Killer Hogs Hot Sauce
  • 4oz Killer Hogs AP Rub
  • 4oz Butter
  • 4oz Canola Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon White Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Pepper
    Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning:
  • 3 Tablespoons Killer Hogs AP Rub
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon White Pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Pepper
  • Combine ingredients and place in shaker dredge for seasoning chicken. Reserve 1 Tablespoon for Nashville Hot Sauce.
    Nashville Hot Sauce
  • 8oz Killer Hogs Hot Sauce
  • 4oz Butter
  • 4oz Canola Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Nashville Chicken Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • Bring hot sauce, butter, and canola oil to a simmer and add remaking ingredients. Whisk to combine and keep warm until ready to use.

Instructions

  1. Prepare Weber 22” Kettle Grill set up with a Charcoal Vortex for indirect cooking.
  2. Use paper towel to absorb moisture away from chicken thighs. Season each thigh with Nashville
  3. Hot Chicken Seasoning.
  4. Place each thigh around the outer edge of the cooking grate. Add 1 chunk of cherry wood over
  5. the vortex for smoke flavor.
  6. Cook chicken until internal temperature reaches (minimum) 175⁰ internal.
  7. Dip each thigh into the Nashville Hot Sauce and serve over biscuits or loaf bread
  8. garnished with dill pickle chips.

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Comments 4

    1. I’m going to try this on my BGE this weekend and planned on using the conveggtor. Seems he’s only using the vortex to get indirect heat so that should accomplish the same.

      He says the chicken thighs take around 40 minutes to cook which would require a cooking temperature of about 400 degrees by my estimate. He’s also mentioned that temperature in previous recipes to crisp the chicken skin so I’m going to assume that’ll do the trick.

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