Secret Recipes

Barbara Bush's BBQ Chicken

recipe box
  • 1 2 1/2 to 3 pound broiler-fryer chicken quartered
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/2 to 3 /4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups catsup
  • 6 to 8 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper

Place chicken in a plastic zip top bag. Set in a shallow dish. For marinade, stir together 3 tablespoons lemon juice, cooking oil, salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and garlic. Pour over chicken. Close bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, turning often.

In a saucepan, combine water, onion, sugar, butter, mustard, vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir in catsup, Worcestershire, 6 to 8 tablespoons lemon juice, and red pepper. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes or until reduced to about 4 cups.

Meanwhile, drain chicken, discarding marinade.

In a grill with a cover, arrange preheated coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place chicken, bone side down, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until chicken is done. Brushing often with barbecue sauce the last 10 minutes of grilling.

To serve, pass around additional barbecue sauce with chicken.

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