Herby Ranch Dressing

We’ve been enjoying a week of grilling marinated chicken breasts, sliced thin, served on top of fresh greens with homemade salad dressings, like this herby Ranch dressing. I also mix up the salad toppings to keep things new and exciting. In no time we have a great salad for dinner.
Herby Ranch DressingThis dressing has the flavors of a traditional Ranch, with an extra herb kick. Fresh herbs make it the best, but you can substitute dried, like I did. Just make sure you crumble the dried herbs first. You don’t want to bite into a big ole chunk of oregano, ya know!

Also try my dill ranch dressing.

Herby Ranch Dressing

Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plus more, buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

If using fresh herbs

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

If using dried herbs

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil crumbled
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano crumbled

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  • Add more buttermilk if the dressing is too thick.

Apple Juice Brined Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

This is how chicken is meant to be. Apple juice brined chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy is everything you could hope for. Sure, it’s packed with flavor. But it’s much more than tasty. It’s incredibly tender and juicy. You’ll actually gasp with your first bite. How can it be so good?

If you follow this blog you know that I make a LOT of chicken on my Big Easy, and I do mean a lot. It is always great but this here is a step beyond great.
Apple Juice Brined Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

The soy sauce and garlic add just the right hint of Asian flavors to this apple juice brined chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy. The brine takes care of everything else, keeping the meat perfect. I ended up cooking 12 split chicken breasts (in batches) that were marinaded in this brine. The chicken is not just good as-is, but it also makes for fantastic chicken salad.

Also give my apple ale beer can chicken on the Big Easy a try!

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Apple Juice Brined Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Apple juice brined chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy is everything you could hope for, from a hint of Asian flavors to incredible juicy, tender meat.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces chicken
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in a large baggie or resealable container.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the chicken. Seal and shake to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  • Fire up your Big Easy. Remove the chicken from the marinade and transfer to the Big Easy basket. Depending on the size of the chicken, you may have to cook them in batches or use a Big Easy bunk bed basket.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes per pound, or until the chicken reaches 165 F as measured in several places.

Smoked BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

I love me some smoked meats! Beef, pork, chicken, you name it! One of my favorites is smoked chicken thighs. For me thighs are the way to go when it comes to smoking chicken. They’re more tender, juicier, and definitely more flavorful than white meat (even if you take the time to brine it). Smoked thighs shred easily, making for the perfect smoked BBQ chicken sandwiches.
Smoked BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
I like to top all of my pulled meat (be they pork, beef or chicken) sandwiches with slaw, and specially my Delta slaw. It adds a great crunch and a little vinegary tang to offset the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. If I don’t have any slaw on hand then I go with my second choice: dill pickle slices.

Smoked BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Course Main
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Warm the chicken with the BBQ sauce in a medium saucepan.
  • Top bun bottoms with the warmed chicken and the slaw.
  • And bun top and devour.