You may have heard a number of ways to make BBQ chicken. Everyone has his or her own idea of a tasty and succulent BBQ chicken and hence, a different method of preparation as well. But what is the best way to get a juicy barbecued chicken. It involves closely monitoring the fire on the grill, keeping the flame low and meticulously checking the temperature. If it is kept on for too long, the chicken will be dry. If the grill is too hot, then the skin would burn. Here are a few tips to help you create the most tasty and moist BBQ chicken.
Preheating is essential for any type of BBQ. A good piece of BBQ requires even temperature throughout the meat. If one does not preheat, the outer surface gets warmer way before the heat could reach inside. And this causes the outer surface to get charred and burnt.
This is one of the essential steps towards preparing a BBQ chicken. Always marinate the chicken before cooking it. Make sure its every side is properly marinated. Keep it that way for at least two hours so the meat absorbs the juices. If one does not marinate properly, then some parts of chicken would remain raw and some would be burnt.
Let the Fluid Soak in the Coal
If you are planning to barbecue chicken on a charcoal grill, then remember to let the fluid soak into the charcoal. A mistake that most people make is to light the coal prematurely after pouring the liquid. This can lead to harmful consequences. Give at least a minute or two for the fluid to settle in before lighting it. Also, remember to light the charcoal from a safe distance.
Cook with Beer
One of the best ways to get a succulent barbecued chicken is to add beer in the cavity during cooking. The beer keeps the meat moist and juicy. Additionally, smoky flavored spices rub under and over the skin giving it extra flavor. Alternatively, one can also use water or chicken broth.
Use Dark Meat
If one does not plan to barbecue the whole chicken, then one should experiment with dark meat, as it is tenderer than chicken breast. It is also easier to swallow if you end up overcooking it.
Sometimes all you need is a good BBQ sauce. So make sure you have one with you when you are craving for an awesome barbecued chicken.
Gas or Charcoal
This is an age-old question, as to which is the better option between charcoal and gas. But the answer is not that simple as many variables are involved such as flavor, convenience, and cost. One could argue that gas burns cleaner than charcoal. Charcoal emits carbon monoxide and other harmful substances that could sometimes even cause cancer. Another could argue that chicken cooked on charcoal is smokier and richer in taste. It depends mostly on your preference of taste.