When life gets crazy, let a simple Barbecue Chicken rescue you. Crispy and flavorful–every day needs a high point!
It wasn’t that long ago when, right now, we’d be in the thick of back-to-school chaos. Sweating in the heat, handing down bigger sister’s clothes, and shopping for school supplies and gym shoes.
We were always stuck doing school shopping during our family vacation, sandwiched between summer camp and the start of swim season. I just told my kids that school shopping was a vacation outing like hiking or swimming.
Yes, kids will believe anything’s an outing if you eat lunch out!
But now that my kids are all past college freshmen, it should be easy, right? Nu-uh.
That’s right. Moving one daughter out of state, getting another daughter back to school 1500 miles away, first solo apartment for two daughters, bargain furniture shopping, new car buying (to pass a car down), recovering chairs, acquiring dishes and filling spice jars…
Topped off by a new job for my husband so no time off. And did I mention the village wants to send an appraiser through our not-the-neatest-it’s-ever-been house?
But everyone is (on most days) happy, healthy and mixing some fun in along the way. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.
But, puh-leeze, no more stress. Yes, come dinner I need something that will make me happy while taking zero energy. Enter a delicious barbecue chicken (inspired by my recent foray into Homemade Cherry BBQ sauce). Just grill, brush on sauce, crisp and you have a meal with real flavor!
Now interestingly, all of this triggered a memory I had completely forgotten. Waaay back in my very first apartment, I used to barbecue chicken for friends on my little Smokey Joe grill. Aww, those were some good times.
Note to self: your girls need a used Smokey Joe.
- 1 whole chicken cut into pieces
- salt, pepper
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, divided
- water as needed to thin the sauce
- Pat chicken pieces dry and season with salt and pepper on all sides.
- Grill until chicken pieces reach at least 165F.
- Mix 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce with a tablespoon or two of water (depending on thickness of sauce) so it is a "brushable" consistency. Brush on chicken pieces, then grill another 5 minutes or until re-crisped.
- Serve with remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce for dipping.
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