BBQ Chicken recipes are versatile and often quick to make. The potentially bland taste of chicken can easily be enhanced with BBQ rubs, marinades, or sauces and techniques like barbecue smoking.
A whole chicken can be roasted on an appropriate type of barbecue, i.e. one with a lid using an indirect grilling method. So, as well as barbecue chicken, why not barbecue or BBQ smoke your Christmas goose or Thanksgiving turkey?
Here is a list of all the BBQ chicken recipes I have tried over the years – and there’s quite a diverse range of flavors.
Recipes are being added as fast as I can type them up (and photograph the product of them).
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Chicken and Other Poultry
Poultry is the term given to all birds reared for cooking. They are always in season and are versatile to cook with: the relatively subtle taste, in particular of chicken and turkey, can easily be enhanced with rubs, marinades and sauces .
Organically reared birds tend to have more flavor, and I always think it’s nicer to buy from a farmers market anyway – it just feels better giving a bit more money to a small scale farmer, who is passionate about what they do.
Turkey, quail, pheasant, goose or duck can’t be barbecued in the same way as you would a whole chicken.
Just as a general rule, fresh poultry should refrigerate immediately in a loose-fitting bag; without any tight packaging to allow air to circulate. It should be eaten within 3 days or so.
Fresh frozen poultry will keep for up to a year, or if it was bought ready frozen, use it within a few months.
Frozen poultry must be thawed completely before cooking. This means it needs to be left either in a refrigerator or at room temperature to thaw – not defrosted in a microwave oven.
I have never had any problems defrosting chicken pieces in a microwave oven, but expert sources usually don’t advise this. A big chicken or modest-sized turkey probably won’t fit in the average microwave oven anyway.
So some forward planning is a need in preparing to barbecue frozen poultry and thawing time factored in.
A small whole chicken will defrost in 8 – 10 hours at room temperature. Chicken pieces, take something like 3 hours.
Duck or goose should take around 12 hours to thaw.
Turkey takes much longer, due to sheer size; 2-4 days in a refrigerator (not room temperature!), depending on size.
As a rule thawing in a ‘fridge takes something like twice as long as room temperature.
How to Cook Chicken
See this separate page on how to grill barbecue chicken safely
Storing Cooked Poultry
Assuming there’s any left after your BBQ, the chicken will keep for a couple of days in a ‘fridge.
Recommended Further Reading
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