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BBQ Chicken Thighs

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BBQ Chicken Thighs
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At barbecue competitions the the champions cook chicken thighs to win the chicken category. It takes a lot of time, patience and practice to master barbecue chicken on this level. This is not the recipe for those chicken things but it is a lot easier and nearly as good.

Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6


  • 3 pounds/1.5 kg chicken thighs
  • For Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL red pepper flakes
  • For BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup/240 mL ketchup
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL paprika
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL cayenne


Combine all ingredients for marinade and mix well. Place chicken thighs in a ziptop bag. Pour marinade over top, seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Meanwhile makes sauce by combining all BBQ sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer over a low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

After 3 to 4 hours remove chicken legs from marinade and discard marinade. Place chicken thighs on preheated grill over a medium low heat (around 300 degrees F. or 150 degrees C.) Grill for about 20 minutes with the lid down turning occasionally. As the chicken nears doneness begin brushing sauce over the surface every 5 minutes until chicken is done and sauce has cooked down to a sticky consistency. Remember, chicken is done when the meat has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (74 degrees C.) You can typically tell because the internal juices are clear and watery.

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 3 out of 5
Barbeque, Member Eblokdijk

All these barbeque recipes are great HOWEVER, they do not tell you if you close the lid or not when you barbeque on a gas grill. IF I knew how to barbeque, I would not look up the internet HOW to barbeque. Hence I close the lid, and when I open it at the designated time my meat is all burned. From me and my guest THANK YOU. Ed

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