How to BBQ Chicken
How to bbq chicken
For some chicken isn’t an obvious and first choice when barbecuing, however if cooked correctly it can one of the best meats from the barbecue.
According to chef Paul Kirk, the key to cooking chicken on the barbecue is to lower the heat of the fire and leave the sauce off until the last minute of cooking. Unlike many other barbecue foods, chickens will take a while to cook. Depending on the size it can take anything to a hour, which gives you some spare time to sit back and relax with a nice glass of chilled beer!
Of course you will need to check the barbecue and ensure there is enough coal to continue cooking the chicken but apart from this and turning it every 10 or so minutes then there is nothing else you can do.
Ideally the temperature of your grill needs to be between 230 degrees and 250 degrees to enable the chicken to cook correctly. Don’t panic and think this isn’t hot enough – trust us, it is!
Before putting the chicken on the grill ensure you have marinaded it and added lots of flavour. This will not only prevent it from drying out but also adds extra flavours to what can be a very plain dish!
Ideally, barbecues will have been allowed to warm up for 10 minutes before putting your chicken on to barbecue. If you are cooking with a charcoal grill then fire it up until there is a good coat of ash. Then pile the charcoal to one side so you have a hotter and a cooler side.
Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver agrees: “It’s good to have one side of the barbecue with fewer coals so it is cooler.”
Whilst cooking chicken on the barbecue may seem more complex there really isn’t anything else to it! To finish, turn the heat to a medium-low, or if you followed Mr Oliver’s advice then move the chicken to the cooler side of your charcoal barbecue.
Once you’re done, don’t forget to sit back and enjoy!