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        Smoky BBQ ChickenWith Willards Kitchen Smoked BBQ Rub

        Makes 8 servings

        Wonderful and Smokey BBQ Chicken Recipe. Classic with a zing. The brine is well worth the time! Serve and cook with Willards Kitchen BBQ Sauce.

        Ingredient List


        • 2 Quarts water
        • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
        • 1/4 Cup brown sugar (white will work too)
        • 2 Garlic cloves, smashed with knife
        • 4-5 Sprigs of fresh thyme
        • 60 oz (almost 4 pounds) of Chicken (thighs and legs are my favorite, but breasts will work too)
          Dry Rub
          BBQ Sauce
          Directions (Step by Step)

          1. For the Brine: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the water, salt, sugar, garlic and thyme. Transfer to a 2 gallon plastic bag.
          2. Rinse and pat dry the chicken.
          3. Add chicken to bag and seal, pressing out as much of the air as you can.
          4. Refrigerate 2 hours (if you have less time, then that is better than nothing).
          5. Make the BBQ Sauce (see recipe).
          6. Preheat oven to 375 and heat grill to medium high (you can use just one or the other, but using both methods makes for a perfect, crusty, tender BBQ chicken.
          7. Wipe grates of grill with a paper towel that has been rolled up and dipped in oil to create a nonstick surface.
          8. Take the chicken out of the brine and pat dry with paper towels.
          9. Rub the Willards Kitchen Smoked BBQ Rub all over the chicken pieces.
          10. Arrange the chicken on the grill and cook for 10 minutes, turning over after 5 minutes.
          11. Transfer chicken to cookie sheet (sheet pan) and place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
          12. Remove and liberally coat with BBQ Sauce using a mop or brush.
          13. Return to oven and cook for 25 more minutes, basting with the BBQ Sauce after about 15 minutes.
          14. Serve with extra sauce.
          15. Enjoy!