All-American Barbecue Chicken

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  • Makes: 14 servings
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Marinate: overnight
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 mins to 1 hr 20 mins
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All-American Barbecue Chicken
3 1/2
pounds chicken drumsticks
cup lemon juice
cup vegetable oil
cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2
teaspoons salt
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
cup water
cup coarsely chopped onion (1 small)
tablespoons butter
tablespoons packed brown sugar
tablespoon yellow mustard
tablespoon cider vinegar
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
cup ketchup
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
tablespoons lemon juice
teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
    The day before:
  1. If desired, skin chicken. Divide chicken between two resealable plastic bags set in shallow dishes. For marinade, in a small bowl combine 1/2 cup lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bags; turn to coat chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight, turning bags occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, for barbecue sauce, in a large saucepan combine the water, onion, butter, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and, if desired, cayenne pepper. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 50 to 60 minutes or until desired consistency. Transfer to a storage container; cover and chill overnight.
  3. Tailgate day:
  4. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Tote chicken and barbecue sauce in an insulated cooler with ice packs.
  5. At the tailgating site, prepare grill (with a cover). For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place chicken on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (180 degrees F). (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Grill as above.)
  6. Meanwhile, transfer barbecue sauce to a medium disposable foil pan. After chicken has been grilling about 20 minutes, add barbecue sauce to grill to reheat. Brush chicken frequently with barbecue sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling. Serve chicken with the remaining barbecue sauce. Provide moist towelettes when serving.
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Must-have equipment:

Insulated cooler with ice packs

On-site grill (with a cover)

Drip pan

Medium disposable foil pan

Moist towelettes

Nutrition Facts (All-American Barbecue Chicken)
    Per serving:
  • 182 kcal cal.,
  • 10 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 68 mg chol.,
  • 370 mg sodium,
  • 8 g carb.,
  • 6 g sugar,
  • 15 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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