Baked BBQ chicken has become a family favorite for the Barbecue!
Traditionally this is done purely in the oven. Did you know there is a way to bake chicken on the BBQ.
I will show you how to prepare it using your Charcoal Grill, and in case of a rainy day, I'll show you how to prepare it using your oven, for the best baked BBQ chicken you have ever had!
Great...let's prepare our chicken!
Ok so if you're looking to bake the whole entire roast on the Barbecue, then you need to set up the grill so that the chicken doesn't dry out or burn.
In-Direct heat is recommended, roasting a chicken on the Barbecue is different to the way you roast in an oven, the difference is that the heat source comes from the bottom.
With an Oven, the heat comes from both the top and bottom.
So if you have a roaster Barbecue or a dome shaped cylindrical type of Barbecue known as a "Kettle Grill", then you simply add your seasoning and cook away using the in-direct cooking method as seen in the picture below.
The In-Direct heat will circulate the heat, great for baked barbeque chicken. (remember to use your lid and to keep it closed trapping in the heat)
The duration it takes to cook all depends on the heat of your grill, also you can cut along the spine of the chicken to flair and open the carcass but this mean, preparing the best part of the meal the stuffing in another dish.
Traditionally, in an oven at 375 degrees F, or 190 Degree C, 20 mins per pound of chicken plus an additional 10 to 20mins.
Therefore a 5 pound chicken should take at least 1 hour to 50mins in an electric oven.
But on the Barbecue, baked barbeque chicken time may change as it's harder to keep the temperature consistent. It is a bit of an art at the end of the day, this is what makes barbecuing so interesting.
Coals burn intensely then start to cool, the best way to describe it is the heat comes in a wave of intensity. The chicken needs to be cooking early in the life of the coals to make the most of the heat.
Tip: Start off with a full rack of coal in the indirect method as seen in the pic above, get that fire burning nice and hot then as soon as the flames disappear and the coals start to glow, place the chicken in and close the lid.
If after 1 hour the coals look a bit low in glow, add more, 30% at a time with a bit of wind blown on them to get them going and mixed in with the existing coals using a metal rod or stick.
Try not to open the lid too often, open the lid mainly to see if the coals are still glowing and the chicken simmering nicely and not burning anywhere.
If you're not sure whether the chicken is cooked properly, use a knife to cut into parts of the chicken to see if it's cooked, remember in the beginning you'll be doing a lot of trial and error.
Remember your quantities and time things, try to become familiar with the process, baked barbeque chicken takes practice.
• Don't defrost the chicken in the microwave, let it thaw out overnight in the fridge.
• Use a touch of seasoning - salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.
• Pour in a sugar free sauce! (sugar burns over 165 degrees!)
Perfect...our chicken pieces are ready, let's bake them!
• After you have baked the chicken for an hour at 175 degrees in the oven, pour over your favorite bbq sauce as you normally would.
• Then place the chicken on the grill.
• Grill for 12 - 15 minutes, until the outer skin becomes crispy and caramelized.
• Let it settle for 10 minutes before serving!
Tips: Grilling the chicken on the BBQ at the end gives it that great barbecue taste. Baking the chicken before in the oven ensures that it gets cooked properly.
Awesome...what you waiting for? Go and prepare yourself delicious baked barbecue chicken!!