Bruce’s Chili-rubbed Chicken with BBQ Table Mop

May 17th, 2017 by

Dry-rubbed before grilling, the delicious bird is then generously drizzled with a zesty sauce at the table-twice the firepower for twice the fun.

Serves 6


  1. Chili Rub
    • 3/4 cup chili powder (about 3 1/2 ounces)
    • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  2. Mop
    • 1 cup hickory barbecue sauce
    • 3/4 cup ketchup
    • 1/3 cup orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
    • 2 3 1/2-pound chickens, quartered, backbones discarded
    • 3 cups mesquite wood chips, soaked in cold water 1 hour (optional)
  1. For Chili Rub:
    1. Mix all ingredients in bowl.
  2. For Mop:
    1. mix first 5 ingredients in medium bowl.
    2. Arrange chicken in single layer on large baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle chili rub generously on both sides of chicken; press to adhere. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
    3. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). When coals are white, drain chips, if using, and scatter over coals. Place chicken, skin side down, on grill rack away from direct heat. Cover grill and cook chicken until cooked through, turning every 5 minutes and covering grill, about 35 to 40 minutes (chili rub may look slightly burned). Serve hot or warm, passing mop separately.
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