Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Quick Easy Way to Wake Up Your Grilled Chicken

These days, recipes and barbecue tips are easy to find across the Internet.  But the BEST ones are the ones that are shared amongst of couple of friends as they tend grill and enjoy a cold brew around the embers.  That is how I came to know this recipe for a fantastic chicken mop over a decade ago.

Our neighborhood was cooking a hog for a pool party and the overnight cooks needed something to eat.   One of the neighbors taught me a version of this recipe for the half chickens that we smoked for ourselves that night and I have used it ever since.   

I use it most often while smoking chickens but it is also great on grilled chicken too.

Mop Sauce for Chicken

1 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Bud Light
1/2 cup KC Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce
1.5 tsp Kosher salt
1.5 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp hot sauce

Mix all ingredients together.   Apply remaining beer liberally on the Pit or Grillmaster.  That's it. 

Store refrigerated in a sealed jar for up to 6 weeks.

Primary use:  For smoked chicken, mop onto chicken several times during the smoking process. 

Alternative uses:  Mop on chicken while grilling.  Use as a 1 hour marinade to liven up boring chicken breasts.  Mix with melted butter as a toss for grilled wings.  Works on pork too.

Sanitation tip:  Never return a mop that has touched raw chicken to the mop.  An easy way to do that is skip the actual mop or brush altogether and put this mop into a squirt bottle with a wide tip.  Use that to squirt the mop onto the chicken several times during the cooking time.