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Recipe From from Weber's On the Grill™: Chicken & Sides by Jamie Purviance

Barbecued Chicken with Bourbon-Bacon Sauce

  • People

    Serves 4

  • Prep Time

    10 min.

  • Marinating Time

    8 to 24 h

  • Grilling Time

    50 min. to 1 h

Serves 4
Prep Time
10 min.
Marinating Time
8 to 24 h
Grilling Time
50 min. to 1 h

the Ingredients

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  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon, cut into 12-millimeter dice
  • 120 grams finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 120 milliliters ketchup
  • 60 milliliters dark molasses
  • 60 milliliters yellow mustard
  • 60 cups bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 whole chicken legs, each 280 to 340 grams, trimmed of excess fat and skin

Special Equipment

  • 2 large handfuls hickory wood chips


  • 01 In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. You should have about 480 milliliters of sauce. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  • 02 Place the chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in 240 milliliters of the cooled sauce. Cover and refrigerate the remaining sauce. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the sauce. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • 03 Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • 04 Remove the chicken from the bag and let the sauce cling to the chicken. Discard the sauce in the bag.
  • 05 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (180° to 230°C ).
  • 06 Drain and add the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas grill, following manufacturer’s instructions, and close the lid. When the wood begins to smoke, cook the chicken legs, skin side down first, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 25 to 30 minutes. Then brush both sides with a thin layer of the reserved sauce and continue cooking until the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink at the bone, 25 to 30 minutes more, occasionally turning and brushing with the sauce. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm with the remaining sauce on the side.

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