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Grilled Whole Chicken With Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Grilled Whole Chicken With Barbecue Sauce

Grilled Whole Chicken With Barbecue Sauce

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Grilled Whole Chicken With Barbecue Sauce Recipe


  1. 1 whole chicken (4 to 4 1/2 pounds)
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    1/2 cup Classic Barbecue Sauce, recipe below


  1. Set up grill for indirect grilling. Rinse chicken inside and out and dry thoroughly. Generously season inside and out with coarse salt and ground pepper. Clean and lightly oil hot grates.
  2. Place chicken, breast side up, on opposite side of grill from heat. Cover and grill until cooked through, or a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 160 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours, rotating halfway through cooking (if using a charcoal grill, add a couple of handfuls of charcoal every half hour to maintain heat).
  3. About 15 minutes before chicken is done, brush with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce. Let chicken rest 20 minutes before carving.

Serves 4.

Classic Barbecue Sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small white onion, diced small
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 can (28) ounces tomato sauce
1/4 cup unsulfered molasses
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion and cook until completely soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  2. Add tomato paste and mustard; cook, stirring constantly, until paste turns a brick-red color, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water, tomato sauce, molasses, Worcestershire, vinegar, salt, and pepper and stir until smooth.
  3. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low and partially cover. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours (thin with water if sauce becomes too thick). Season to taste with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Let cool completely before using. (To store, refrigerate up to 1 week, or freeze up to 4 months.)

Makes about 5 1/2 cups.

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