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How to smoke chicken for tasty deliciousness, is an easy process to learn. With this process, you will learn about heat management, time management, and spices for a delicate, savory flavor. Once you learn the technique for creating savory foods, you will not be able to stop.
How To Smoke Chicken Creates Deliciousness
Grilled chicken is one of my favorite foods. There is nothing like the flavor of chicken when it just comes off the grill. The smoky aroma, the moist taste, and the tenderness of grilled chicken as it melts in your mouth.
One of the things I do is marinate my chicken for two to three hours before I put it on the grill. I make sure my grill is clean before I put anything on it. Using olive oil on the grates may help reduce any chance of the chicken or vegetables sticking.
Grilling chicken is almost an art. It does not matter if you use charcoal or gas to grill chicken. If you want a smoky flavor on your chicken then you may want to use charcoal; however, you can put wood chips in a pan with water and let them heat to produce smoke for the flavor you desire.
The smoky flavor is one that I enjoy year-round, there is nothing better than having a meal with that smoky flavor. Grilling is an exciting past-time for me all year, most people have put away their grills or are about to at this time of the year.
Savory Food Creates Desire
Remember, the smell of chicken roasting on the grill, and how you anticipated that savory flavor of that first bite. The skin is nice and crisp, with juices and flavor exploding into your mouth for a taste sensation that only comes from an adequately smoked chicken.
That first bite has so much flavor that some of it escapes and may be more than you anticipated. The smoky flavor of the chicken was perfectly prepared. The way it makes your mouth water looking for more.
You get the full-throated flavor that makes you ravenous for more. You have to be quick though. Others are wanting more of that tasty chicken that was perfectly prepared. You feel as if your world is whole with such succulent food before you.
Choosing the Right Leg-Quarters For Grilling
As you choose your leg quarters, remember to look for some critical characteristics: skin must be on, and another is to look for broken bones. If your leg quarters have broken bones or are missing some of the skin your grilling won’t be as successful.
The skin on the leg-quarters is for added flavor, the fat underneath the skin renders down giving you more flavor. After taking the leg-quarters out of the marinade, pat them dry. Putting the marinade on after the pat down adds as more flavor when grilling.
To help enhance the flavor, put seasonings under the skin, add butter(my favorite) will help enhance the flavor, or use oil.
Using large leg-quarters, while they may take longer, will give you an extraordinarily good flavor. Those few added minutes produce more savory flavor than smaller leg-quarters. The smaller quarters while they cook faster are prone to dry out easier.
Some Tasty Sides to go With Your Leg Quarters
When you pair chicken with corn that has been roasted on the grill, you create great flavors. You might want to put a little chili powder on the corn before grilling or some other flavor. I like it plain or with a little chili powder. This is similar to Mexican street corn, which is very tasty.
Roast the corn until you get just a little char on it but remember you have to turn it on occasion to keep it from burning but still get that fantastic roasted flavor that is second to none. Roasting your corn this way helps to enhance the flavor and make it sweeter.
At times grilling other vegetables to complement my corn, and chicken may be asparagus or stuffed jalapeno peppers. I stuff my peppers with feta cheese. Try to find out which vegetables your guests prefer, this will make for a more successful experience.
How To Smoke Chicken Using Cast Iron Enhances Flavor
Using cast iron often will give you new opportunities for creating other flavors when you are learning how to smoke chicken.
Often, I will use my cast iron pot to create a new dish for added flavor. When you try to add flavor and create new dishes that become family favorites, you are on the way to becoming the person that family and friends go to for flavorful, savory meals.
This is a recipe that my family loves for a simple meal.
- 3 medium potatoes diced
- 1 medium yellow or white quartered onions
- 3-4 jalapenos diced
- 2-3 carrots cut into rounds
- chicken stock enough to cover the bottom of the pot to 1/2 inch
Should you decide to try the above recipe but want meat there is another alternative way to prepare this recipe. Grill your leg quarters halfway.
- Prepare your cast iron pot by heating it
- leg quarters in bottom of pot
- add vegetables from above and cover with lid
- place pot on cool side of grill for about 45 minutes.
This is a savory dish to be enjoyed by all.
Grilling Vegetables for Savory Sides
Grilling asparagus, sweet peppers, jalapenos, and other vegetables are family favorites as well. Some people like asparagus to be wrapped in bacon and grilled, while I finish grilling the leg quarters.
Take sweet bell peppers place them on the grill until they start to blister then turn them. Another favorite is jalapenos. Take the jalapenos and cut them in half lengthways, take the seeds out, and replace them with a feta-mozzarella cheese mixture. I grill the peppers until they start to blister and the cheese starts to melt.
Still another favorite, this one is a dessert, take peaches, remove the pits, and place them on the grill until the skin starts to bubble(blister) and turn them onto the cut side for just a moment or two to seal the flavor in. It makes for a naturally sweet dessert that is sure to please
You are the one in charge. You are the one who ultimately gets the thrill from family and friends when every morsel is eaten and everyone is satisfied with such a wonderful meal. When family and friends gather at the table for a meal, love is welcomed in their midst. Such times as these need to be shared with all to make our lives better for the sharing of love and friendship.
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