Balsamic Basil BBQ Chicken Recipe

This is a tasty little recipe using fresh herbs and spices as a rub, and then marinating it while it cooks.  It is a balsamic basil bbq chicken dish, and when done properly it ends up with a glazed and crispy skin and chicken that carries a wonderful fresh herb taste throughout.

Ingredients:

Chicken – you can use any skin on chicken; chicken breast, thigh, drumstick or even wings

Fresh Basil

Fresh Oregano

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Rosemary

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Salt

Pepper

Balsamic Vinegar

1 Bottle or can of beer

Water

Spray Bottle

Prepare the rub by combining equal amounts of the spices/herbs, except the basil and rosemary.  You want two parts basil and a half part rosemary.  Chop the herbs and combine all ingredients in a bowl.  You can adjust the amounts based on how much chicken you are cooking.  Combine the chicken with the rub in a ziploc bag.  I like to leave some air in the bag to help coat the chicken.  Once coated, you can squeeze the air out and reseal.  It should look something like this:

Balsamic Basil BBQ Chicken

Start the coals in the center of the grill, leaving empty space around the edges.  You want to cook this on direct heat, but you need to have some cooler areas of the grill that you can move select pieces to in order to ensure proper cooking.  Once the coals are hot, place the lid on the grill with vents open for a couple of minutes to cool it down slightly.  You don’t want to burn your chicken when putting it on the grill.

While you are waiting on the coals, combine in the spray bottle one part balsamic vinegar, one part water, two parts beer.  Any beer you have handy will do, but I typically will use a lighter beer rather than a darker beer if possible.

Place the chicken on the grill and cover.  Keep an eye on your chicken, this is the critical time.  You want to avoid burning the chicken of course!  Flip the chicken every five minutes, spraying with the balsamic vinegar mix each time.  You don’t want to soak the chicken with the spray, but you do want it dampened.  Continue to move your chicken around to cooler or warmer spots on the grill to ensure nice even cooking.

Depending on the type of chicken you are cooking, your cooking time should range between 30-60 minutes.  For thighs as pictured, you should figure on about 45 minutes cooking time.  Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness.

Balsamic Basil Barbecue Chicken

BBQ Cornish Game Hen Recipe

Here is a great tasting BBQ Cornish game hen recipe.  It has a sweet flavor, and you can make adjustments to the final taste of the game hen by substituting various barbecue sauces for the one we used.  You can figure each Cornish hen is going to feed 1-2 people, so adjust the recipe as needed.

Ingredients:

1 Cornish game hen

1 fresh tomato (garden fresh is best)

3-4 sprigs rosemary

3-4 sprigs fresh thyme

8-10 fresh basil leaves

3-4 sprigs fresh oregano

3 cloves garlic

1 medium sized shallot

1/2 bottle BBQ sauce (I use Jack Daniels Honey BBQ sauce)

Garlic oil

Salt

Pepper

Prepare the grill to BBQ using the indirect method.  I also like to create a drip pan of tin foil that I set on the top of the grill, with the hen resting on top of a metal vegetable grill basket.  That way the Cornish hen is above the liquid drippings, but they are easy to get to to baste the hen as it cooks.  You can see this set up here:

Chop and mix all ingredients listed above (except the game hen!) in a bowl.  The mixture should be chunky and thick.  Stuff the hen with the mixture, and cover the outside with a generous coating, reserving about half of the total mixture in the bowl.  Place on the grill and cover, opening all vents, checking every 10 minutes and re-applying more sauce.

Once the drippings start to fill the tin foil, baste with the remaining sauce in the bowl and then with the drippings.  One hen should take about an hour and fifteen minutes (use a meat thermometer to ensure the hen is completely cooked).  You can adjust this recipe by adding rice, vegetables, citrus fruit or apples to the cavity of the bird.  This is a very easy dish, and it comes out great!

 

 

 

 

 

Grilling Asparagus

Grilling Asparagus is easy when you know how! Here’s a quick recipe that is very tasty and easy to cook. This is what you will need:

1 pound asparagus spears

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Salt and Pepper

Trim asparagus and rinse well. Combine the soy sauce, vegetable oil, sugar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Pour over the asparagus, lightly toss and marinate for 30 minutes to one hour. Remove asparagus from marinade and drain. Grill over direct heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until tender and slightly browned. Return to the marinade, add the sesame oil, and toss again, coating each spear well. Place the spears on a serving platter, top with sesame seeds and serve.

Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Here are a few recipes for corn on the cob on the grill

Spicy Grilled Corn on the Cob

4-6 fresh corn on the cob

Fresh limes

Salt

Chili powder

Olive oil

Open the husks and remove the silks. Brush olive oil on each corn and squeeze on lime juice. Add the salt and chili powder. Re-wrap the corn in the husks then in foil. Grill until done, turning on each side, about 10 to 15 minutes.

BBQ Lime Corn on the Cob

4-6 corn on the cobs

2 tbsp store bought barbeque sauce

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp of mayonnaise

Mix together all ingredients. Husk the corn and place each ear on a large piece of foil. Brush the mixture on each ear of corn. Wrap the corn in the foil and grill on a medium high heat for about 20 minutes or until the corn is tender.

Flavorful Grilled Corn

2 cans of regular beer

4-6 fresh corn on the cob

1/4 c. butter, melted

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp. pepper

Soak the ears of corn in the beer for about thirty minutes. When it is done, loosen the corn husks and remove the silks from corn just before cooking. Combine remaining ingredients. Roll each ear in butter and Italian seasoning and wrap tightly in heavy aluminum foil. Grill over medium fire with the lid closed for about thirty minutes.

Grilling Corn

Corn on the cob is another popular choice when it comes to summer grilling. You can purchase in season corn on the cob for about 25 cents a cob. What a deal—especially if you are cooking for a crowd. Grilling corn on the cob is a breeze and requires very little prep time.

One word of caution—when you grill corn on the cob, you have to make sure that it does not burn. You have to watch it very carefully throughout the time that it cooks. For a basic grilled corn on the cob, take an ear of corn, rub each with one teaspoon of olive oil or butter and salt and pepper it to taste. Then you will follow these grilling instructions for your corn:

For a gas grill, heat the grill until it is hot, and then reduce the heat to medium high. If you are using a charcoal grill, heat the coals and then arrange the coals into an even layer to reduce heat. Next, you will need to prepare the corn. The best way to do this is to strip the corn husk all the way back to the stem. Make sure you do not remove the entire husk. Do remove all the silk to expose the corn kernels. Next, cover the ear of corn with oil or with melted butter. You can do this with your hands or a pastry brush. After your corn is seasoned, cover each corn with the left over husk and tie the end with bit of cooking string or kitchen twine.

Now you will place the corn on the grill. Each cob will need to cook for about fifteen minutes. You will need to watch the corn carefully and turn them as needed. You do not want the husks to burn or for the corn to cook on one side more than another. Corn can easily catch on fire if not watched properly. After the corn is tender, remove from the grill and serve.

Another way that you can grill your corn is to remove the husk and the silk. Cover the corn with the seasoning of your choice and wrap each corn cob in aluminum foil. You can put it directly on the grill for about fifteen to thirty minutes. This is a great way to prepare fresh corn on the cob if you do not want your guests to have to peel off the cob and silk.

You may also opt for soaking the uncooked corn on the cobs in water for about twenty minutes before seasoning and adding to the grill. There is no real reason for doing this according to some cooks, but it can help the husks from burning or charring on the grill while it is cooking.