My husband Ron, the BBQ Master – Corn in side pockets, tongs in the back pocket – drink in hand and chicken (or tri-tip, or pork tenderloin, or porterhouse steaks, or fish…) to barbecue!
One of my husband’s favorite things to do is barbecue, and believe me he is a master at it. Everyone has their own recipes for barbecue sauce, or spicy rubs, but we like to keep our barbecue simple. The most important thing to figure out is if you like to use charcoal or prefer a gas grill. I will only talk about charcoal here because to us, charcoal is the only way to barbecue. I find gas grills to be too drying to the meat. A charcoal grill is just a preference, not a requirement.
We like to marinate our meat the night before. We wash the skinless boneless chicken breasts and pierce them to let the marinade soak in. Then we place the meat in a plastic bag and add the marinade. Put the chicken in the refrigerator overnight. There are many marinade choices out there. Try different flavors and see what you like best.
Today, we tried Lawry’s Sweet Southern Barbecue marinade. It has a nice flavor, not too tangy – just right. Once you have your charcoal lit and a nice fire going, wait until your coals have a nice gray ash to them before you add your chicken.
Place the meat on the grill and move the coals to distribute the heat. Our grill has a hand crank that you can move the coals closer or further to the meat. This is an excellent feature on a charcoal grill if you can find it. Boneless chicken breasts cook quickly so your BBQ time is only about 15 minutes. Check the chicken frequently and turn it as it cooks.
Once the chicken is cooked, take it off the grill and place it on a separate plate from the marinade plate. Always beware of any transfer from raw meat when you are barbecuing. We actually washed the serving plate to insure our chicken was safe.
There you have it! Wonderful barbecue chicken with a crispy exterior and moist interior.
Serve with corn on the cob, potato salad, or whatever side dishes you love in your family. Happy barbecuing!