Smoky Dry-Rubbed Chicken
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Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Smoky Dry-Rubbed Grilled Chicken with Alabama White Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
My mom's favorite barbecue sauce is Alabama white sauce, and it's ideal to serve with my spice-rubbed grilled chicken. The chicken halves are cooked first low and slow over indirect heat to infuse that smoky flavor from the grill into the meat. After a quick char over the flames at the end, the chicken is juicy, tender, and oh so good.


Dry-Rubbed Grilled Chicken:

Alabama White Sauce:

Miss Brown's House Seasoning:


  1. For the dry-rubbed grilled chicken: Remove the backbone from the chicken. Cut the chicken through the breastbone into two halves. Stir together the House Seasoning, brown sugar, oregano, paprika, parsley and a couple of pinches of salt in a bowl. Rub under the skin and all over the chicken halves.
  2. Prepare a grill for direct and indirect cooking: Heat one side of the grill to medium heat. Leave the other side unlit.
  3. Place the chicken skin-up on the grates on the unlit side of the grill. Grill, with the lid closed, until the skin begins to brown, about 45 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the lit side of the grill, starting skin-up, and cook until the chicken is done and a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted in the thickest portion of the thigh (avoiding bone), 12 to 15 minutes on each side.
  4. For the Alabama white sauce: Stir together the mayonnaise, brown sugar, vinegar, Dijon mustard, horseradish, hot sauce, dry mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

Miss Brown's House Seasoning:

Yield: 5 teaspoons
  1. Stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.