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Unread 05-29-2011, 05:47 PM   #1
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Barbecued Chicken For A Crowd

Today I served 80 barbecued chicken drumsticks for a high school
graduation open house. I occasionally cook for crowds, and it requires a
somewhat different approach than cooking an average meal. I thought I'd
use this opportunity to share my crowd-pleasin' yardbird recipe.



Today I served 80 barbecued chicken drumsticks for a high school
graduation open house. I occasionally cook for crowds, and it requires a
somewhat different approach than cooking an average meal. I thought I'd
use this opportunity to share my crowd-pleasin' yardbird recipe.

The reason that cooking for a crowd requires a different mindset is
because you need a relatively simple, repeatable, and scalable preparation
process. You also need an end product with mass appeal. On top of that,
there is very often a budgetary aspect that comes into play. In short, it
comes down to producing the best product that you can, while keeping
things within budget, with a reasonable workload.

Here's how I handled this mess o' yardbird. You'll obviously need to scale
this recipe to fit your needs.

Ingredients
80 Chicken drumsticks
1 cup Johnny's Seasoning Salt (I get it at Costco)
1/2 cup Old Bay seasoning
1 Tbsp Ground poultry seasoning (not six months old, please)
2 large (28 oz) bottles KC Masterpiece Original barbecue sauce
2 cups Grape jelly
1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Tiger Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce -- not too hot)

Method
Melt the jelly in a large sauce pan over medium heat, then remove the pan
from the heat.

Add the barbecue sauce, vinegar and Tiger Sauce to the pan and whisk
well to combine.

Cover the pan and set it aside.

Combine the seasoning salt, Old Bay, and poultry seasoning in a medium
mixing bowl, and whisk to combine.

Lay one layer of drumsticks in each of two full-size disposable aluminum
steam pans, alternating the thin and thick end of every other piece so that
they fit together nicely.

Season the top side of the drumsticks liberally and evenly with the
seasoning mixture.

Flip all of the drumsticks over and repeat the seasoning.

Add another layer of chicken to each pan and repeat the seasoning on
both sides.

Cover the pans with foil and refrigerate 3-4 hours.

Start your grill and prepare for direct cooking at medium heat (350º). Add
your smoke wood of choice just before you start cooking. I used cherry.

Arrange the chicken on your grill in the same interlocking manner that you
did in the pans.



Cook the drumsticks, turning them about every 10 minutes, until the
internal temperature in the thickest part of the leg reaches 175º (about
one hour).

Tip: Because you will have legs of various sizes, and zones on your grill
that vary in heat, some of the pieces will cook faster than others. As you
see some getting done, just stack them to the cooler side of the grill while
you let the other pieces catch up. This also gives you more room to move
them around.



Tip: To reuses the disposable aluminum steam pans for serving, rinse them
and put them in a 325º oven for about 15 minutes while the chicken is
cooking. This will kill any poultry nasties in the crevices.

Sauce the chicken by working in batches. Pour about two cups of sauce in
a very large mixing bowl, then add about 15 legs and gently toss/fold to
coat them in sauce.

Repeat the saucing with the remaining legs.

Optional: If you want to set (lightly caramelize) the sauce, return the
chicken to the grill for a couple minutes per side.

If you need/want to grill the chicken ahead of time it will hold nicely for an
hour or two in a 170-180º oven in the pans covered with foil.

You can even barbecue them the day before. Just make sure you cook
them to at least 165º internal and cool them down as rapidly as possible
(you have two hours to get them down to 70º, then four hours to get
them to 40º or lower). Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Note: Do not sauce the chicken the night before if you're going to keep
them in the foil pans. The acid in the sauce will react with the aluminum.
Instead, brush the chicken with warm sauce just before serving.

To reheat, put the covered pans in a 350º oven for about two hours, or
until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thighs is at least
165º

Serve and enjoy!

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John
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Unread 05-29-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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Lookin' good as always John!
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I notice you use Old Bay I have been using it lately also , I like the flavor it give various foods.
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I notice you use Old Bay I have been using it lately also , I like the flavor it give various foods.
Yep. I have no idea why they don't make saltier version (a rub)
and call it "Poultry Magic". The stuff is great on all manner of
aviary creature. :-)

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Thanks, folks! The yardbird went over well with the crowd.

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Very nice! I haven't tried any Old Bay in any rubs yet but will deffinately have to give it a try
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Sure looks good! Thanks for the recipe.
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Very nice! I haven't tried any Old Bay in any rubs yet but will deffinately have to give it a try
Try it. Not to be repetitive again, but it really is magical on poultry.

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i know for a FACT, that "simple" chicken sauce is a crowd pleaser.

with a little something, somethings added. but not much...
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i know for a FACT, that "simple" chicken sauce is a crowd pleaser.
Amen! Preach it, brotha! :-)

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Amen! Preach it, brotha! :-)

John
always do my friend. you're an excellent cook.

you're recipes=happy eaters. thanks for sharing.
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Thanks, but I was speaking of the general idea of simple chicken, not of me
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