Grilled BBQ Chicken Thighs

Posted: September 1

Time: 110 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

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Do you want to have the best BBQ chicken at the cookout? Follow this simple recipe and it is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite!


• 4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs • Salt • Extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil • 1 cup barbecue sauce, store-bought or homemade


Step 1

To prepare the chicken, pour the olive oil onto the chicken thighs and sprinkle the salt on every side.

Step 2

When you're ready to grill, lay the chicken thighs skin side down and sear the chicken where you placed your charcoal; the skin should noticeably sear. Keep the grill uncovered for at least 5-10 minutes.

Step 3

Once the chicken is seared on one side, turn the chicken over and move it to the cool spot on the grill. If you are using a gas grill, keep the flame on one side of the grill, move the chicken to the cool side, and avoid making contact with the flame.

Step 4

Reduce the temperature to low or medium heat (between 250 degrees F and 275 degrees F, but no higher than 300 degrees F). Cover the grill and let the chicken cook for 20-30 minutes.

Step 5

Turn the chicken over and slather them with your choice of barbecue sauce. Cover the grill and let them cook for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this process and cook for another 10-30 minutes.

Step 6

The timing varies depending on how cold your chicken initially was, your grill set-up, and the size of your chicken thighs. Small pieces may be done faster than larger ones, so keep a low grill temperature to ensure the chicken cooks slowly throughout.

Step 7

You will know the chicken is done when the internal temperature of the thighs is 170 degrees F (or if you insert the tip of the knife into the middle of the thickest piece and the juices are clear). If the chicken isn't done, turn the pieces over and cook them at a low temperature.

Step 8

If you like, finish the chicken with a nice sear, skin side down, on the hot side of the grill. Do this for 1-2 minutes until blackened slightly or crispy.

Step 9

Use a clean brush to coat the cooked chicken thighs with more barbecue sauce of your choice. Serve and let the party begin!

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