BBQ Chicken for the Beginner
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BBQ Chicken for the Beginner

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Ingredients

Serves 4
For the Chicken
2
tablespoons paprika
2
tablespoons cumin
1
tablespoon kosher salt
1
tablespoon chili powder
1/2
tablespoon allspice
4
chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
1/2
cup barbecue sauce

Ingredient Tips

Chicken Thighs
You may use boneless, but it will shorten the cooking time

Directions

1

Mix the paprika, cumin, salt, chili powder and allspice together and liberally coat chicken on all sides. Let it sit in refrigerator for 1 hour or more.

2

Preheat your gas grill to 400°F.

3

Once preheated, lower the temperature to 350°F. Place chicken on the grates and close the lid. Grill on one side for about 7 minutes or until the chicken naturally releases from the grill.

Hot Tip: Check to see if the chicken is ready by lifting up a corner of one piece. If it resists and sticks, then grill for another few minutes before you try again.
4

Once the chicken easily releases, flip and repeat the process on the second side. Once the chicken releases easily again, move all the pieces to one side of the grill.

5

Turn off the burners directly beneath the chicken, while leaving the other burners on to create indirect heat. Close the lid and cook the chicken for another 10 minutes.

6

Lift the lid, brush the chicken lightly with barbecue sauce and close the lid. Cook for another 10 minutes or until your chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F, using an instant-read thermometer.

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  • Thanks | May 5, 2018

    Do you CLOSE THE LID OR OPEN IT AFTER AND DURING STEP 3!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Shelby Hood | Aug 6, 2018

      Grill with the lid closed.

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  • Chicken Man | Jun 9, 2018

    Your temperature was closer to 140. Did anyone get sick?

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  • Grillerman | May 12, 2019

    Can we use chicken breasts ?

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    • Char-Broil | May 13, 2019

      Yes, chicken breasts would work well. Just note that cooking times will likely vary.

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  • Ryan | May 14, 2019

    How do you know when chicken is done

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    • Char-Broil | Jun 7, 2019

      Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.

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  • Lynn | Jun 6, 2019

    Don't know how the seasoning was. It burt so bad had to take the skin off. 7 minutes on each side was way to much or med high heat was way to hot. Next time I will turn heat on low.

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    • Char-Broil | Jun 7, 2019

      Thanks for the feedback, Lynn. We lowered the temperature for this recipe. Let us know how it turns out next time.

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  • Dave R | Jun 27, 2019

    I wanted to know if you can use tin foil instead of putting the chicken straight on to the grate?

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    • Char-Broil | Jul 3, 2019

      You can use tin foil. Be aware that the tin foil may tear when you flip the chicken. You might want to consider these stainless steel grill sheets as an alternative.

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  • kenjo | Jul 1, 2019

    Made this last night, it was delicious. I made the recipe as instructed but cooked 9 thighs instead of 4. There was plenty of rub .

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    • Char-Broil | Jul 3, 2019

      Good to know. Thanks!

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  • Chicken was great! Thanks for the tips, worked out just right! | Sep 23, 2019

    Follow the time and temperature and you'll have a great meal.

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  • azkids07 | Oct 21, 2019

    Is it same temp and time for 10 thighs?

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    • Char-Broil | Oct 21, 2019

      Yes. Be sure to have sufficient space between thighs to allow them to cook evenly. And of course, what's most important is to cook them to an internal temperature of 165°F.

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  • Lane | Jan 31, 2020

    Do you close the lid for step 6

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    • Char-Broil | Feb 6, 2020

      Yes. Generally you want to keep the lid closed, except when tending to your food, to maintain grill temperatures. Thanks for asking. We updated this recipe based on your feedback.

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  • Don | Apr 18, 2020

    Followed instructions turned out perfect my son's love it

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  • bp1952 | Apr 24, 2020

    I love this recipe just as it is. I can't really find one easier or better. Chicken is delicious. Thanks

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    • Char-Broil | Apr 24, 2020

      You're so welcome! Thanks for the shout-out.

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  • Adegracia | Apr 28, 2020

    Great recipe! We purchased a new grill in February of 2020 and finally used it. I've always loved bbq chicken but was afraid I would have an inferno in my backyard! So I took a chance and followed your instructions and it was delicious!! Thank you!!!

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    • Char-Broil | Apr 29, 2020

      We love to hear that! Welcome to the wonderful world of grilling!

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  • Adam | May 22, 2020

    The instructions on here are for a typical gas grill but the pic is an infrared...will it work the same? I've been using a traditional gas grill.but switching to infrared shortly

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    • Char-Broil | May 22, 2020

      Absolutely! Monitor your cooking temps and gauge doneness by the meat's internal temperature. BTW - You're gonna love infrared!

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  • Leslie | May 22, 2020

    I'm going to parboil my chicken thighs and drumsticks before BBQ maybe 15-20 minutes can I still use the seasoning mix that you recipe if I do this?

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    • Char-Broil | May 22, 2020

      Sure you can. It will taste just as delicious and require less time on the grill.

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  • Jme | May 22, 2020

    I preheated to 400.....then lowered it to 350. It was awhile before it dropped. At about 375 I put the chicken in. I set timer for 7 minutes. When I came back to the grill the temp had dropped to 250. ..?!?....should it be maintained at 350?? At 8 min I flipped the chicken. It released easily. I turned up the burners.......am waiting. Yes: I understand end point is 165 internal temp. Still.....???

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    • Char-Broil | May 26, 2020

      Yes, the temperature should be maintained at 350°F. Maintaining grill temperature is one of the greatest challenges of grilling, but definitely doable with a little practice. Rule #1 in maintaining grill temp is keeping the lid closed except when you're tending to the food. And as you said, the bottom line is cooking the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

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  • Julesj316 | Jun 14, 2020

    This was my first time ever barbecuing chicken. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out delicious. I am so glad I tried this today! Thank you!!!

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    • Char-Broil | Jun 15, 2020

      You're welcome. And thanks for letting us know. We love to hear grilling success stories!

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  • Michelle | Jun 19, 2020

    I used the grilling sheet, nothing sticks and the grill doesn't get all messy, you just remove the sheet, wash and reuse. Love it. and the chicken turned out great, thank for that. I have never done chicken on the grill before

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    • Char-Broil | Jun 19, 2020

      You're so welcome. Thanks for letting us know - we love to hear grilling success stories!

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