This is a re-post of sorts…last fall, I posted a recipe for an easy, no-cook barbecue sauce. And I mentioned in passing that you could brush it on chicken. But really, this sauce was made for chicken legs and it is SO good on them that the chicken deserves its own post. It’s not the same on the white meat–thighs or drumsticks are the only way to go, and that is HUGE coming from me because I don’t love dark meat. The good news for all you healthy eaters out there is that you can use boneless skinless thighs and STILL get the amazing juicy flavor.

Another thing I love about this recipe is that it’s a two-parter–definitely make sure you have enough chicken for leftovers. That way, you can have grilled chicken with grilled corn on the cob, potatoes and onions, and watermelon one night and save the rest for the quick and easy salad I’ll post at the end of the week!
Old-Fashioned BBQ Chicken Legs
1 recipe Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce (you can use regular or smoked paprika, whatever you prefer or have on hand)
2-3 pounds chicken legs, rinsed well and patted dry (I prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs). It’s important to rinse them, especially if you’re buying the non-frozen variety, because dark meat takes on a strong semi-fishy odor and taste when it sits in its own juices.
Now…don’t be fooled by the simplicity. Quite literally, the secret is in the sauce here–you’re not going to get the same results from a bottle of Kraft BBQ sauce. Something magical happens to this sauce and the dark chicken meat on the grill and it seriously tastes like something that came from a true-blue Southern BBQ restaurant.
Reserve 1 c. of sauce and marinate chicken in the remaining sauce for 8 hours or overnight. Grill over medium heat, basting with some of the reserved sauce, until it starts to blacken and internal temperature reaches 170 (about 10 minutes per side for boneless skinless thighs, give or take a little depending on their size…)Remove from heat, drizzle with remaining sauce, and cover with a loose tent of aluminum foil for about 5-10 minutes so the chicken remains juicy.

lPeople will be peering over their fences to see what kind of magic you’re making on your back porch. The dogs in your neighborhood will be freaking out. Your husband will forget about the empty toilet paper roll fight from earlier that day, the one he’s been stewing over all day, and look at you with bedroom eyes. Sorry, buddy, you’ve still gotta reload the toilet paper roll.

Serve with your favorite side dishes and maybe some fresh-squeezed lemonade. Happy spring!

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