One at a time, sit the chickens upright on a cutting board and cut down on either side of the backbone to remove. Then cut through the breast plate to split into two halves. Lay flat in a container large enough to hold four chicken halves with brine.
Make the brine by adding the honey, peppercorns, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, lemon juice, 1/2 cup salt and 6 cups water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes to allow the flavor and aroma to build. Remove from the heat, add 4 cups ice and stir until the ice has melted and the brine has cooled. Pour the brine over the chicken and refrigerate for 12 hours.
Set up a grill for direct and indirect heat. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle both sides generously with BBQ Dry Rub. Grill the chicken, skin-side down, over direct heat until grill marks appear. Flip and continue cooking until grill marks appear on the second side. Move the chicken to indirect heat and cover the grill, or move to a 350-degree oven. Cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with a drizzle of Pimento Chimichurri.
BBQ Dry Rub:
Mix together the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, celery seeds, mustard seeds, coffee, cumin, 2 tablespoons salt and 2 teaspoons pepper in a small bowl.
Add the cilantro, parsley, olive oil, green onions, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, garlic and 1 teaspoon kosher salt to a food processor. Lightly pulse until smooth. Pour into a bowl and fold in the pimentos. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until needed.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX