Bourbon bbq chicken with sixteen spice rub

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the spice rub

3 tbsps ground cinnamon
3 tbsps ancho chilli powder
3 tbsps pasilla chilli powder
3 tbsps ground cumin
3 tbsps ground coriander
3 tbsps ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cloves
1 tbsp ground fennel seed
2 tbsps garlic powder
2 tbsps onion powder
1 tbsp allspice
1 tsp chile de arbol
3 tbsps brown sugar
2 tbsps rock salt
2 tbsps coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper

For the barbecue sauce

30ml rapeseed oil
1 medium spanish onion, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
120ml bourbon, plus 30ml
250ml ketchup
85ml water
2 tbsps ancho chilli powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp dijon mustard
15ml red wine vinegar
15ml worcestershire sauce
1 tinned chipotle chilli in adobo, chopped
2 tbsps dark brown sugar
15ml honey
15ml treacle

For the chicken

3 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
3 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
3 bone-in, skin-on chicken legs
60ml rapeseed oil
Rock salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sixteen spice rub, recipe follows
Barbecue sauce, recipe follows
For the spice rub:
1) Whisk all the spice rub ingredients in a small bowl.

For the barbecue sauce:
1) Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the onion and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in 120ml of the bourbon and cook until reduced. Add the ketchup and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

2) Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

3) Cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

4) Pour into a bowl, add the remaining 30ml of bourbon and allow to cool at room temperature. The sauce will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator stored in a tightly sealed container.

For the chicken:
1) Preheat the griddle to medium heat.

2) Brush the chicken with the 60ml of oil and season on both sides with the spice rub. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Griddle the chicken slowly, with the lid closed, until golden brown on both sides and fat has rendered. Begin brushing the chicken liberally with the bbq sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling.

3) Arrange on a serving platter and serve.

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