One of my dad's favorite expressions to describe food is "bomb." And as I thought of an adjective to describe this recipe, it fit perfectly.
I'm a big fan of the grill and summer-living. Aside from the fact that there are fewer dishes, grilling creates such a distinct and delightful flavor. I tend to like it more on the charred-side (carcinogens, I know!).
We had some friends over last week and I wanted a better-than-average BBQ chicken experience. I browsed for a good marinade recipe and couldn't find what I was looking for. So, I compiled ideas from various recipes I read, threw in my own ideas and whipped up a concoction that is, in my humble opinion, bomb.
Bomb Barbecue Chicken
3 pounds of chicken breasts
1 1/2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1/2 TBSP honey
1 TBSP paprika
1 TBSP chili powder
1/4 tsp coarse salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Barbecue sauce (for grilling)
- Whisk together marinade ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine spices for rub in a little dish. With chicken cleaned and laying on a cutting board or plate, take a fork and poke holes all over it.
- Cover the chicken with the rub on both sides. Gently press it in with your fingers.
- Place the chicken into a gallon zip bag and pour marinade over top. Lightly squeeze the bag to remove air and seal tightly. Rub the outside of the bag to evenly distribute the liquid.
- Set the bag with the chicken in it on a plate in the fridge for at least two hours (I marinated ours for about seven hours).
- When you're ready to cook, heat the grill on medium. Once it's nice and hot, use tongs to remove the chicken from the bag and place on the grill. Don't stand there and continuously flip the meat. Let it sit for a few minutes on each side.
- A pro-tip I read suggests waiting until the last three minutes to baste your chicken with the BBQ sauce. Contrary to what most of us do, I know! Due to the sugars in the BBQ sauce, it can burn quickly and ruin the smoky-sweet tang. This is where the marinade comes in especially handy because it won't leave your chicken flavorless. Just brush the sauce on at the end. It works beautifully.
- Serve with some grilled veggies or spinach salad. Enjoy!