Sometimes you just need a good old Barbecue Chicken fix. This recipe takes me back to those family 4th of July BBQ’s where the grill was slap-full of what seemed like endless pieces of smokey, glazed chicken goodness.
Cooking barbecue chicken is really easy. All you need is a grill or smoker set up for indirect cooking and as much chicken as you want to cook. You can season the chicken however you like. I use my Killer Hogs AP rub mixed with a few other ingredients to create what I call a Chicken Rub.
Barbecue Chicken Rub
- 1/2 cup Killer Hogs AP Rub
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Granulated Onion
- 1 Tablespoon Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Once the smoker is running at 275-300 degrees it’s ready to cook. I ran with Post Oak wood on this smoke, but Hickory, Pecan, or Apple are all good choices (use whatever wood you like).
Season the outside of each piece of chicken with the seasoning and get it on the pit. Now comes the fun part…turn on some music, crack a few beers and kick back and barbecue some chicken!
You’ll want to stick around the grill turning the pieces every 30 minutes or so and making sure the grill stays in the 275-300 zone. Don’t freak out if it gets above or below just hang in there.
Every time you open the pit, baste the chicken with the mopping liquid to keep it juicy. I mix Zesty Italian dressing with BBQ Rub, BBQ Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and water. If you have a favorite mopping concoction, by all means use it!
Barbecue Chicken Mop
- 32oz Water
- 16oz Zesty Italian dressing
- 8oz BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 cup BBQ Rub
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
After a couple hours of flipping and mopping the chicken is ready for the sauce. This is the point where it’s gonna start getting real good! I place a small aluminum pan on the pit beside the chicken and add 1 bottle each of my Killer Hogs The BBQ Sauce & Killer Hogs Vinegar Sauce. Let the mixture heat up and it’ll thin out a little.
Use the same mopping brush to baste the sauce over the chicken on both sides and keep on cooking until the chicken is done – 165 in the breast and 175 in the dark meat. I really like the wings, legs, and thighs to creep up closer to 200 internal because they stay tender and juicy.
That’s all there is too making Barbecue Chicken and I hope you invite a crowd of family and friends over to enjoy the experience. BBQ is all about good times and making memories, and a Big Ole’ Barbecue Chicken Plate is special in my life!