We think that this recipe is the best BBQ chicken recipe for gas grills and it is even better on charcoal or wood. However the combination of the brine and easy smoky BBQ sauce make this recipe really good on the gas grill.
There is always a conflict with serious grillers about gas vs. charcoal or wood. Gas just does not bring the flavor that charcoal or wood does. But charcoal and wood are not as convenient as gas. I struggle with this a lot, mainly because I work a lot and when I get home I want to grill easy. So, after a whole bunch of messing around I came up with this recipe for a good ‘ol Best BBQ chicken recipe off the gas grill. These days there are many really nice gas grills that crank out the BTUs so the problem is really flavor related, lack of the smoke flavors. So, this recipe addresses that in both the brine and the sauce. If you follow our website you may know that I like beer brines on chicken, this one uses one of my favorite Mexican beers, but feel free to use your favorite beer or ale.
1-2 whole chicken split in half
1 bottle of Dos Equis Lager or your favorite lager
1 tablespoon blackening seasoning
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
3 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke *optional
1 cup water
Combine all and mix well. Brine the chicken for a minimum of four and preferably eight hours.
1 ½ cups Ketchup
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon coarse Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
Combine all in a non-reactive pan and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat.
Split your chickens and remove the backbone. Brine chickens four to eight hours. Heat your grill to medium low heat, and one section off for indirect heat if your grill is prone to flare ups. Oil your chicken for the grill and season with your favorite BBQ rub. Grill your chicken watching for flare ups until it reaches an internal temperature of around 150 degrees. Then baste with the BBQ sauce lightly with a brush. Continue cooking until the internal temp is 165 degrees, watching that the sauce does not burn, remove from grill and allow to rest for a few minutes.
Great with a nice coleslaw and potato salad or nice garlicky oven browned potatoes. For a rich side check out our potato au gratin recipe.
This chicken goes great with a nice cold beer or a peppery Zinfandel.
Enjoy this best BBQ chicken recipe!