Barbecue chicken drumsticks and thighs can be delicious and satisfying. Here are some steps and tips to help you become a Grilled Chicken Master.
Start with Quality Chicken
Choose fresh, high-quality drumsticks and thighs like Bell & Evans or our Farmstand Fresh Chicken.
Marinate for Flavor
Marinating the chicken before grilling adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat. You can use a variety of marinades, such as a barbecue sauce, a dry rub, or a combination of herbs and spices. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
Preheat and Prepare the Grill
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Clean the grates thoroughly and oil them to prevent sticking. This will help achieve those beautiful grill marks and ensure even cooking.
Start by searing the chicken over direct heat for a couple of minutes on each side to get a nice char. Then move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill or reduce the heat to medium-low. This indirect grilling method allows the chicken to cook through evenly without burning the skin.
Baste and Glaze
As the chicken cooks, baste it with your chosen barbecue sauce or glaze. Apply the sauce in layers, allowing each layer to caramelize before adding more. This builds up a flavorful coating and creates a glossy finish.
Use a Meat Thermometer
To ensure the chicken is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The chicken should reach 165°F in the thickest part of the meat. This step is crucial to avoid undercooking or overcooking the chicken.
Rest and Serve
Once the chicken reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier end product. Serve the barbecue chicken drumsticks and thighs hot and enjoy!