Kansas City BBQ'd Chicken

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  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
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Ingredients

3 1/2 pounds mixed chicken parts (breasts halved)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce, recipe follows

Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce:

2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil, such as grapeseed or vegetable

6 cloves garlic, smashed

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Pinch ground cloves

2 cups ketchup

2 cups water

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup dark molasses

1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons English-style dried mustard

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 bay leaf

Directions

  1. 1. Preheat a grill with high, medium high, and medium zones. Lightly oil grates.
  2. 2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper, to taste and place it skin-side down on grate on high heat. Cook until skin is crisp, turning once, about 5 minutes. Dip each piece of chicken in sauce, shake off excess, and return to grill-dark meat pieces over medium high and white meat over medium heat. Cook, covered, basting once more, until glazed and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of each piece of chicken registers 170degreesF, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce:

  1. 1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, allspice, and cloves and cook, stirring, until paste is dark brick red, about 3 minutes. Add the ketchup, water, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, salt, soy sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, black pepper, and bay leaf.
  2. 2. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf before using.