Cookbook:Hickory BBQ Chicken

Hickory BBQ Chicken
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Special equipment



  1. Combine salt, honey, and vinegar in a gallon size zip-top bag until salt has dissolved. Add ice and shake until ice is almost completely melted and mixture has cooled down. Insert chicken pieces and refrigerate 1½–2 hours, turning once.
  2. Place a good amount of hickory chips in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Place a roasting rack in that pan. Set aside.
  3. Drain chicken and discard mixture. Pat dry with paper towels and season chicken liberally on both sides with rub. Gently pat into meat and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (more rub will stick if you wear gloves).
  4. Toss chicken pieces in barbecue sauce. Place on the prepared roasting pan and insert 1 probe thermometer into one of the breasts and one into the thighs. Bake in the center of a 375°F oven until both the thigh and the breast's internal temperature reach 165°F.
  5. Bring remaining sauce to a boil in a large saucepan over medium high heat for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Remove and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest 10 minutes. Serve warm with remaining sauce.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Avoid bottled barbecue sauce, which has too much sugar.