Barbecue Chicken Hoecakes with Vinegar Slaw and Coffee BBQ Sauce

Chef Art Smith

Master chef Art Smith gives back and shares his passion for food.
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min


  • For the Chicken:
  • 1 1/2 Pounds chicken thighs, skinless, boneless
  • Oilive Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cofee Barbecue Sauce
  • For the Hoecakes:
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted, plus additional for griddle
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Vinegar Slaw
  • For the BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped white onions
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño chile
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons mild-flavored (light) molasses
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
  • 1 cup low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee or 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 cup hot water
  • Cooking Directions

    For chicken:

    Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Spread drained wood chips in disposable foil pan. Remove grill racks from barbecue. Place foil pan with wood chips directly atop hot coals (for charcoal barbecue) or over flames (for gas barbecue). Return grill rack to barbecue.

    Brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. When wood chips begin to smoke, place chicken on grill rack above pan with wood chips. Cover grill and smoke chicken until cooked through, turning occasionally, about 18 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and cool slightly.

    Shred chicken into bite-size strips; place in same bowl. Mix 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce into chicken. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

    Rewarm chicken in barbecue sauce over medium-low heat before using, adding more barbecue sauce to moisten mixture, if needed.

    For hoecakes:

    Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Add 1 cup water and melted butter and whisk until well blended. Heat griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with additional melted butter. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto griddle. Using back of spoon, immediately spread batter for each cake into oval shape about 4x21/2 inches; cook until bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes.

    Turn cakes over and cook until bottoms are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes longer.

    Place hoecakes on baking sheet and transfer to oven to keep warm while making remaining cakes. Place 2 hoecakes on each of 6 plates; sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese over each cake.

    Top each with warm chicken in barbecue sauce. Spoon Vinegar Slaw atop chicken and serve.

    Special Equipment:

    2 cups wood chips (such as hickory, apple, or cherry) soaked in 2 cups water for 1 hour, then drained

    13x9x1-inch disposable aluminum foil baking pan

    Brown Sugar & Coffee BBQ Sauce:

    Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and jalapeño; sauté until onions are tender, about 7 minutes. Add brown sugar, chili powder, molasses, cilantro, and cumin; stir until sugar dissolves.

    Stir in crushed tomatoes with puree, broth, and coffee; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until sauce thickens slightly and is reduced to 4 cups, stirring often, about 35 minutes.

    Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

    Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: chicken, oil, cornmeal, flour, salt, cheddar cheese, vinegar slaw, bbq sauce, sugar

    Course: Lunch, Dinner

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