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Emeril Lagasse's Backyard Barbecued Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

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Servings:6-8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse stopped by "Good Morning America" to share his top grilling tips. Click here to see what he recommends, and check out his recipe below for Backyard Barbecued Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce.

Ingredients

  • 8 whole chicken leg quarters
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Homemade BBQ Sauce, recipe below
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Cooking Directions

    To make the BBQ sauce: In a medium non-reactive saucepan set over medium-high heat, add the butter and, when melted, add the onions and cook until they are very soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, Essence, ground mustard, salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes, or until the tomato paste begins to brown. Add the water, cider vinegar, and dark brown sugar, and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the sauce has thickened and the flavors have come together, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Set aside to cool before using. The sauce may be made up to 1 week in advance and refrigerated in an airtight, non-reactive container.

    To make the chicken: Season both sides of the chicken legs with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on the grill, skin side down, and cook, adjusting the chicken's position and turning the pieces occasionally, until it appears to be about halfway cooked, about 15 minutes. Then use a basting brush to brush the chicken legs with the barbecue sauce, and continue to cook, turning the pieces frequently and reapplying barbecue sauce each time the chicken is turned, until it is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 160 to 165 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve the chicken hot or warm.

    Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, from Emeril at the Grill, Harper Collins Publisher, New York, 2009, copyright MSLO, Inc., all rights reserved.


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