is one of the most popular choices amongst grilling and barbecue
enthusiasts. It's versatile - it goes well with a variety
of seasonings, sauces, side dishes, and toppings. It's cheaper
than steaks too, making it an ideal option for barbecue parties.
And of course, chicken is also healthier. Did you know that
skinless, light-meat chicken when cooked is 33% to 80% leaner
than trimmed cooked beef (though it may of course vary on
the cut and grade of the beef). In addition, chicken absorbs
flavors easier than pork or beef that you can marinate it
for as little as half an hour and off you go, ready for the
Chicken Barbecue - The Best Parts...
Virtually any part of the chicken makes for a great barbecue.
You can even cook an entire chicken on the grill if you have
the time. However, popular choices for individual servings
include the breasts, thighs, drumsticks, marylands (i.e.,
the thigh and drumstick in one piece) and wings.
Chicken breasts are considered white meat. As such, they are
considered to be the healthiest part of the chicken for a
barbecue. Compared to dark meat, they are quicker to cook
and easier to dry out when over-cooked. Also the largest portion
of the chicken, they are available bone-in or boneless. Using
either direct or indirect heat, bone-in chicken breasts require
10 to 15 minutes of cooking time per side, while boneless
breasts only needs 6 to 8 minutes per side.
The thigh is the darker, more succulent meat. Thighs are also
available bone-in and boneless. Barbecue cooking time for
the bone-in variety is 10 to 15 minutes on each side and 6
to 8 minutes on each side of a boneless thigh.
Chicken legs or drumsticks can be barbecued for about 10 minutes
on each side. Check doneness using a skewer instead of going
by its color. You might need to move it on a cooler part of
the barbecue grill to ensure that it cooks through. Marylands
or leg quarters may take 10 to 15 minutes for each side to
cook on direct heat. Again, use skewers to test for doneness
by checking if the juices are clear. Also, to ensure that
it cooks right through, it would be a good idea to slash the
chicken to the bone.
Lastly, chicken wings can be skewered for easy turning and
can be placed on the barbecue for a total of 25 to 30 minutes
using direct heat, and 35 to 40 minutes using indirect heat.
For more information on cooking chicken and for great chicken
grilling recipes, visit the InsaneChicken website and check
their wide variety of dry rubs, marinades, and sauces for
intensely flavorful and insanely spicy chicken barbecue dishes.
McCarthy is the owner of InsaneChicken's Hot
Sauce and BBQ Sauce Catalog and a hot sauce enthusiast.
InsaneChicken sells hot sauces, bbq sauces, bbq rubs and salsa's
from around the world. The site also has a Recipe
of the Day section.