I Heart Carolina "Barbeque'd" Chicken

 Carolina BBQ Chicken

I love BBQ chicken. When I was a kid and mamma said we were having BBQ chicken, I was excited.  This is the way they bake chicken in eastern NC.  Not really BBQ because it is not on the grill, although this recipe can be done on the grill with great success.  But for weekday, indoor cooking, meals this cant be beat. This recipe steams the chicken in vinegar based sauce  to really tenderize the meat. I like to cook on higher temps at the end to crisp the skin.

What you need:
Whole Chicken cut into parts or whatever parts you like. Quarters work well. I usually get whatever is priced right.
1 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce or make your own.
Zest Coast Carolina BBQ Rub
1 gallon baggie


What to do:
Place chicken into baggie. Combine 1 cup vinegar with about a cap-full of Carolina Rub (I like to grind or pulverize mine a bit). Pour mixture over chicken in baggie and massage around a bit.  Place in refrigerator (turning occasionally) until ready for use.  I like to allow the chicken to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven on bake setting to 350F. Place chicken in a 13 by 9 baking dish/pan along with the marinade. Cook covered for 30 minutes.   Remove cover and increase over temp to 425F.   The idea of increased temp is to crispy the skin.  So you may want to remove the marinade and you can make a finishing sauce with it. Baste with your sauce during the last five minutes of cooking. Cook to around 165F.  At this point, start your saucing.  Pull chicken at 175F.  Serve hot but this is really good cold as a snack or lunch (to me anyway).


Great on the grill!: The above technique is how my mom taught me. But this recipe of Carolina marinade and finishing with favorite sauce is great on the grill.  I try to use indirect heat as much as possible when grilling chicken if it has skin to reduce flare-ups. You can even use a pan (think disposable foil) for the first part of the cook and finish directly on grate to crispy the skin and set the sauce.

 Check out this SPYGLASS post on Carolina Rub