I was born on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. My mom, Izetta, was born in Tennessee and raised in Waterford, Virginia. My dad, Charles Irving, was born in a small town outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Most of my aunts and uncles remained in Virginia. We would drive to the country every Sunday and had wonderful Sunday dinners with relatives. My mom would help cook in their big country kitchens. Nothing says comfort like southern food and. . .good ole' hospitality is truly a southern tradition.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
KENTUCKY BOURBON FLAVORED BBQ CHICKEN
This barbecue sauce gets its kick from hot sauce and its smokey smoothness from Kentucky bourbon. I find it
more economical to buy a whole chicken and cut it into 10 pieces (breasts cut
in half, crosswise).
I save the chicken back in a
plastic baggie and freeze it for making chicken stock later.
BBQ Sauce 1 T extra-light
olive oil or grape seed oil
1 yellow onion, finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cups ketchup ¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsulphured molasses
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup unsalted butter
3 T brown sugar 2 T prepared yellow mustard 2 T hot sauce, optional
¼ t hickory liquid smoke
½ cup Kentucky Bourbon
1 whole chicken, 3 to 3½
lbs, cut into 10 pieces
Salt and freshly ground
In a small saucepan over
medium heat, add the oil and sauté the onion until soft, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and sauté
Stir in the ketchup, honey, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, butter, brown sugar, mustard, hot sauce (if using), hickory smoke, and bourbon.
Bring to a low boil, reduce
heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and set
Prepare a grill with
charcoals on both sides with a drip pan in the center.
Season the chicken pieces
to taste with salt and pepper.
Prepare charcoals on each
side of the grill with a drip pan in the center.
Place the chicken pieces,
skin side down, in the center of the grill.
Cover and grill for about
45 minutes, turning the pieces over after 25 minutes.
After chicken has been
grilling for 45 minutes, generously brush the chicken pieces with the sauce and
grill another 5 minutes.
Turn over the pieces and
brush again with sauce and grill another 5 minutes.