Classic Barbecued Chicken
Our foolproof recipe for barbecue chicken produces perfectly cooked meat that boasts intense flavor from the grill and a liberal application of tangy-sweet barbecue sauce.
Why This Recipe Works
Classic barbecued chicken is one of America’s favorite summer meals. But despite its popularity, barbecued chicken recipes cause backyard grillers plenty of headaches. Most recipes call for searing chicken quickly over high heat, but we found that starting the chicken over low heat slowly rendered the fat without the danger of flare-ups. Using a method called “grill-roasting" ensured that we had almost completely cooked chicken before we were ready to add our sauce. We created a thick, complex layer of barbecue flavor for our grilled chicken by applying the sauce in coats and turning the chicken frequently as it cooked over moderate heat.