Legs of Barbecued Chicken
Grilled BBQ chicken legs are simple to make and full of flavor, making them a crowd-pleaser on any day of the week but especially during the summer when backyard gatherings are common.
Gathering with loved ones to eat, drink, and enjoy the warm summer weather is best done at a cookout or backyard barbecue. Grilled BBQ chicken legs and grilled peaches, two of the season's most delicious treats, are also perfect for summertime dining. Grilled chicken drumsticks are a party favorite and a must-have for any summer get-together.
TASTY BBQ CHICKEN WINGS
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Grilled chicken legs or chicken leg quarters are a great way to feed a large group. Inexpensive, kid-friendly, and simple to grill in batches or all at once Grilling these chicken drumsticks in my own Honey Barbecue Sauce has made them even more delicious.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING BARBECUED CHICKEN LEGS
Depending on what you have on hand, you can use whole chicken legs or chicken leg quarters in this BBQ chicken legs recipe.
Rub- You probably already have everything you need in your kitchen to make the best BBQ rub ever. Simply combine brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
Ketchup, white vinegar, molasses, honey, salt, pepper, dry mustard, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder make up my homemade honey barbecue sauce. Coat your chicken legs and have some left over for dipping or storing in the fridge.
The Proper Way to Grill Chicken Drumsticks for the Barbecue
- Before grilling these BBQ chicken legs, make a batch of this Honey Barbecue Sauce. (If you prefer, use a jarred sauce of your choice.) )
- The next step is to start the coals in a charcoal grill or turn the gas grill to medium-high heat.
- BBQ rub ingredients (brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and olive oil) should be mixed in a small bowl and applied to each piece of chicken by hand while the grill is preheating.
- Coat the chicken legs with the mixture, and then place them on the grill with the meatiest parts facing the flames.
- Legs should be cooked for about 5 minutes per side over medium heat. Rotate your legs three or four times for even cooking. Slather on the barbecue sauce after each spin. At least 165 degrees Fahrenheit should be read in the thickest part of the chicken before it is removed from the grill.
- Rest the chicken for 5 minutes on a baking sheet after it has finished cooking, then serve it hot with additional barbecue sauce on the side.
Grilling BBQ chicken leg quarters: how long?
The amount of time needed to grill chicken legs depends on their size and the temperature of the grill. How long it takes to cook your meat depends on a variety of factors, including whether you're using a charcoal or gas grill.
It usually takes between 40 and 60 minutes. The trick is to place the chicken leg quarters directly over the grill's highest heat source.
Grilled chicken should be done when the thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit inside. It's best to wait 5 minutes before devouring your chicken. In the absence of an instant read meat thermometer, you can also determine if the chicken is cooked through by observing if the juices run clear when you cut into it.
A common problem when grilling chicken is that the legs tend to stick.
If you want to prevent your chicken legs from sticking to the grill, you can do a few things.
- Prepare a pristine grilling surface as a starting point. The grate's stickiness increases if there is residue from a previous barbecue.
- Prepare your grill, but don't turn it on too high. After the grill has reached the desired temperature, adding the meat will generate steam, which will prevent the meat from sticking to the grill.
- Brushing the chicken with oil will make it less likely to stick to the grill. Oiling the grill grates is another option. To get the best results, you need only use oil with a high smoke point.
DO YOU Baste Grilled Chicken with Barbecue Sauce First?
If you baste chicken with BBQ sauce before grilling, the sauce will likely burn. More power to you if that's the taste you're going for Several of my friends and family members prefer their barbecue to have a charred appearance. On the other hand, I never put BBQ sauce on until the meat is almost done.
Due to the high sugar content in BBQ sauce, it is likely to burn if left in direct contact with the heat for the duration of grilling. The sauce will reach a beautiful caramelization without burning if you start coating the chicken about 10 to 15 minutes before removing it from the grill. Simply keep turning the chicken so that it can absorb sauce from all sides.
EXPERIMENT WITH THESE OTHER BARBEQUE-FRIENDLY RECIPES
ASSEMBLIES FOR MAKING THESE BBQ-SAUCE-COATED CHICKEN WINGS
Basting Brush for the Grill: With this brush, I can apply a uniform layer of sauce to each grilled masterpiece.
These are the only tongs I use when handling food directly over the grill's flames.
The original version of this post was published on 06/06/2016.
These Grilled BBQ Chicken Legs are simple to make and bursting with flavor—they're perfect for weekend cookouts or a summertime barbecue.
Servings: 10 legs of chicken
Calories: 333 kcal
Author: To whom it may concern: Erin Indahl-Fink
- Start the coals in a charcoal grill or turn on a gas grill to medium heat.
- To make the rub, combine the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a small bowl while the grill heats up.
- Rub the mixture all over each chicken leg. Arrange the chicken legs, meaty ends up, on the grill, seasoning side down.
- To prepare, grill for 5 minutes per side over medium heat. In between flipping the chicken legs, basting them with barbecue sauce. For a total cooking time of 18-20 minutes, you'll need to turn the legs 3-4 times. As soon as an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit inside the chicken, it is ready.
- After 5 minutes, take the chicken off the grill and let it rest before serving with additional barbecue sauce on the side.
You can use bottled BBQ sauce instead of making your own if you prefer. Want to put some pep in your chicken's step? Instead, you could try this Smoky Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.
Serving: 1 leg | Calories: 333 kcal | Carbohydrates: 11 g | Protein: 21 g | Fat: 22 g | Solid Fats: 6 g | Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 5 g | Oils with a high monounsaturated fatty acid content: 10 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 120 mg | Sodium: 462 mg | Potassium: 318 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 10 g | Vitamin A: 240 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 16 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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