Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spice Rubbed Chicken Quarters with Alabama White Sauce

This past weekend the course of my life was forever altered. How, you ask? If you must know, I experienced Alabama White Sauce for the first time. It was one of the most joyous, yet saddest moments of my life, knowing that for 38 years, I have been missing out on this secret that Alabama had been keeping from the rest of the country until the past couple of years. If people have known about this longer than that, please don't tell me. It will break my heart.

Have you guys had this stuff yet? I swear it's liquid heaven. Honestly, I would consider eating a sock if it had been drenched in this tangy, zippy sauce.  Who knew that mayo, vinegar and horseradish could become something that I would dream about. 

But this spice rub.... It's the perfect compliment to the sauce. Smokey, slightly spicy and delicious. You don't even need the sauce (you actually do. You don't want to miss out on this). 

Chicken leg quarters are one of my absolute favorite meats to grill. It's simple, straightforward and super delicious, and not to brag, but I'm really good at grilling them. I don't know how or why this has happened but after 18 years of grilling I finally caught on. Here is where I add my disclaimer: I only cook on a gas grill. I don't have patience for charcoal even though it tastes so much better. Also, use a meat thermometer.  Always. Unless you're truly a pro. <end disclaimer> Here's how simple it is. Heat both sides of grill. Turn one side off. Place leg quarters on cool side of grill skin down. Go distract yourself for 20 minutes. Flip chicken. Go distract yourself for another 20 minutes. Remove chicken from grill. Let rest for about 5 minutes. Anyone can do this. As long as you're an adult capable of lighting a grill, you got this. Promise. 

What's your favorite thing to grill in the summer? Do you have any fantastic tips that you'd like to share? Leave a comment and let us know!  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to run to the store to pick up more chicken leg quarters. While I'm doing that, you can throw together this rub and some white sauce and make your own chicken. Save me some!! 

Spice Rubbed Chicken

2 chicken leg quarters
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of white pepper
Pinch of cinnamon
Fresh cracked black pepper

In a small bowl combine salt, garlic powder, smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, white pepper, cinnamon and black pepper. Rub on chicken and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 

Preheat both burners of a gas grill on high. Once grill has preheated, turn off one side of grill. Place chicken, skin down, on side of the grill with no flame. Grill on the first side for 20 minutes. Flip and grill for another 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees.

Big Bob Gibson's Alabama White Sauce

Courtesy of Big Bob Gibson and Paula Deen

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix well

Dunk Chicken in Alabama White Sauce and change your life immediately!


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