Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Grilled "BBQ" Chicken

Wow. I haven't blogged in a very long time. Whoops. Rachel and I have been garage sale-ing, using her new pool, and enjoying our new "patio." Ok. So we don't have a new patio. But we do have new patio furniture! I found a set very similar to what I was looking for at a garage sale for a decent price, so we went ahead and bought it even though we haven't expanded our concrete slab in the backyard yet. And for my birthday present we bought cushions, an umbrella and stand, and a deck box to keep the cushions in so they will stay nice. We are planning on expanding the patio fairly soon. I'll post pics when we get that done! We have eaten about half our meals out there since we bought it, so I think it's worth it even though it is currently sitting on half concrete, half grass. Here's a few snapshots of what we've been up to lately:

4th anniversary cake

Attempting basketweave for the first time. Had to do something with the left-over frosting!

We just took PB&J to the park one evening. It was a lovely night off.

"Father's day"...a week early

We are still in grilling mode over here so I thought I would share a recipe for grilled chicken that we got off of "Good Eats." (I have mentioned this one before, but at that time I didn't have any details because Chris did everything solo.) This is the only picture on the grill I ended up with:
Sorry about all the smoke. Apparently, that stuff shows up REALLY well with the new camera!
So you could buy a whole chicken and cut it up to be more economical, but the thigh pieces are my favorite so we just bought a package of those. I honestly don't remember how much these weighed; it doesn't really matter for the marinade or the rub, you can use this recipe for 2-4# of chicken.

Marinate chicken for 1.5 hrs in 1 qt of water, 6 oz honey, and 3.5 oz kosher salt. Dry with paper towel and set pieces on a cookie sheet or cooling rack. Combine 1 Tbs chili powder, 1 Tbs curry powder, 1 tsp Adobo powder (no idea what this stuff we didn't use it), 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp cocoa powder. Seal in a ziploc bag and kneed into chicken. Let sit on cookie sheet for half an hour, while your fire is getting ready.

Sear each side for approx 5 minutes. Move to lower heat and continue to flip/rotate and grill for another 12 minutes. That's all the info I have because I am not in charge of the actual grilling process.

And the best part....Dessert!
Homemade chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream sandwiches...mmmm!