Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Papa's BBQ Chicken Thighs

Over Easter I was able to spend some time with family.  My dad and I got to take on a number of cooking projects on the Big Green Egg.  Perhaps my favorite was Papa's BBQ chicken thighs--a recipe that my dad (a.k.a. Papa) had come up with on his own.
First we mixed up the rub and marinade:

House Rub:
2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 ½  Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Sugar 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to consistency shown above)
2 Tablespoons of house rub 

BBQ Sauce
2 Tbsp. onion chopped
1+ Tbsp butter
1 cup ketchup
½ cup water
¼ cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp of honey
Sauté onions in butter until brown. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 15 minutes 

Big Green Egg Setup
400 degrees indirect raised with drip pan (½ water ½ apple juice)
      Cook time about 2 hours +
(Direct method – 400 degrees – raised to the felt gasket)
Start with - Skin side down
Baste at least every 30 minutes with apple juice
Brush on BBQ sauce the last 15 minutes.
Pull with internal temp of 180+
Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving. 

These cooked up pretty quickly compared to what my dad was used to, but they were outstanding.  My kids ate it up with pretty good enthusiasm, but left good, meaty bones behind for me to clean up.  We served with the bbq sauce on the side, some slaw and fresh veggies.


  1. Those thighs look great! I like that simple marinade.

    Just discovered your blog - very nice - boy I can relate to those grill knuckles. I've had a couple of cooks that left me pretty singed. I had 1 blowback on the BGE that came though the lower vent and made me very happy I was wearing long pants ;).

  2. Hey Dave, thanks for stopping by. It's better to have grill pants than grill knees (or worse) right? My dad came up with the marinade and it's really simple and tasty.

  3. Nice recipe, how did you like the sauce? Did it have more of a sweet taste or did the vinegar give a good kick too?

  4. Chris, the sauce is really nice. It's very balanced without dominating the chicken flavor itself, if that makes sense. Many bbq sauces cover up what you're eating pretty thoroughly in my opinion. This sauce is a great compliment to the food. It's slightly sweet, but doesn't hog the stage. Ha. Get it? Hog.