Who doesn’t love Tyler Florence? A real hunk of a man, and he cooks, too. Some of his recipes are good, and some are too over the top for me with too many flavors. But, when I saw him make “the ultimate barbecued chicken” on one of his recent shows, I was interested. First, he brined the chicken while he made a fast and easy basting sauce, then he grilled the chicken, transferred it to the oven and basted with the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
Hubby and I are not fans of icky sweet BBQ sauce, so I reduced the sugar slightly in the sauce and subbed frozen apple juice concentrate for the brown sugar in the brine. I also eliminated the bacon, subbed sweet paprika for smoked, and added chipotle chile pepper to bring back some smokiness and water to thin the sauce. The changes must have worked, because we loved this dish! The sauce had just the right amount of smoky sweetness for us. The chicken was moist and tender and full of flavor. If you want Tyler’s original recipe, you can find it on The Food Network's website. Below is my adapted version. Bon appetit!
Take chicken out of brine; pat it dry on paper towels. Arrange chicken on preheated (375-400F) grill. Cook for about 25 minutes, turning once midway. Baste with sauce on one side, cook about 5 minutes; repeat on other side. Be sure chicken is cooked all the way through by cutting into the thickest part of the thigh – if no blood, chicken should be done. Yield: 4 servings