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Barbecue Chicken

Cooking chicken on the grill can be a little trickier than doing the more traditional hot dogs, burgers and steak. Undercooked chicken is unsafe and tastes just awful. Overcooked chicken is like shoe leather. On the other hand, good chicken on the grill is fabulous. It's also low fat and fairly inexpensive.

Favorite Chicken Recipe for Outdoor Cooking

I've been writing about grilling for several years, and the grill recipe that always get the most hits is Beer Butt Chicken. I joke that I'm the queen of beer butt chicken and that the boys can put that on my tombstone.

You really need a good kettle style grill or a smoker to do Beer Butt Chicken. Actually, you need those if you want to do whole chickens. They're much trickier than chicken parts.

Beer Butt Chicken is definately worth the investment in a good grill or smoker and the time involved. Some folks think Beer Can Chicken is just a novelty, but it really is the best chicken on the grill I've ever had.

If you're not a drinker, that's OK. The beer is just providing moisture and some flavor. The flavor isn't even alcohol. It's hard to describe. You'll just have to make a Beer Butt Chicken and see for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

Easiest Chicken on the Grill

God bless the person who came up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. They really are convenient. I always keep a bag in the freezer.

If you want a quick and easy chicken cook out, then try Grilled Boneless Chicken Breasts. They really do cook up fast. Just make sure you don't overcook. It's easy to let the chicken sans skin get away from you.

Chicken on the Bone Grilled

While the prepared chicken pieces are super easy, you can get really good deals on chicken parts (bone in and skin on) - especially the legs and thighs. With food prices so high right now, it's nice to have a grill option that does not bust the budget.

When I first started grilling (eons ago) I had a hard time getting chicken pieces cooked through. I found that it worked out to boil the chicken to about half done and then grill. OK. I know that's cheating, but it did work.

I now do just fine with whole pieces of chicken, and you can too. Check out my Grilled Chicken Legs recipe to get started. I got a great deal on one of those big bags of chicken legs and got lots of practice. Kids seem to especially love the chicken drumsticks, since they can carry them around. Heck, adults love them too.



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