Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
Episode: BBQ Chicken
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Bourbon BBQ Chicken with Sixteen Spice Rub
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Sixteen Spice Rub: 
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons pasilla chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel seed
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon chile de arbol
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Barbecue Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bourbon, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 canned chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon molasses  
  • 3 bone-in, skin-on breasts 
  • 3 bone-in, skin-on thighs
  • 3 bone-in, skin-on legs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Make the rub: Whisk all the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. 

Make the bbq sauce: Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the onion and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 cup of the bourbon and cook until reduced. Add the ketchup and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. 

Cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour into a bowl, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of bourbon and allow to cool at room temperature. The sauce will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator stored in a tightly sealed container. 

Heat the grill to medium heat. Brush the chicken with the 1/4 cup of oil and season on both sides with the spice rub. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill the chicken slowly, with the lid closed, until golden brown on both sides and fat has rendered. Begin brushing the chicken liberally with the bbq sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling. 

Arrange on a serving platter and serve.

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