Garlic Parmesan Drumsticks on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These garlic Parmesan drumsticks on the Char-Broil Big Easy are proof that it really doesn’t take many ingredients to make absolutely delicious chicken. A wonderful combination of cheese, butter, and garlic. I’m a huge fan of garlic, so I loaded it on like I like it: thick.

I used drumsticks because that’s what I happened to have on hand (hey, they were on sale!) but any cuts will do. If you use split chicken breasts or even whole chickens make sure that you get the ingredients on all sides: top, sides, underneath, you name it.
Garlic Parmesan Drumsticks on the Char-Broil Big EasyThe last step of cooking these garlic Parmesan drumsticks (right before devouring them) is to brush them with a mix of melted butter, garlic, Parmesan and parsley. I use a very long nylon brush for this so that I don’t burn myself. I remove the basket from the Big Easy and place it on a large baking sheet pan. That way any butter that drips down doesn’t get onto my patio. Although the nightly visitors (raccoons and possums) would thank me for that, it’s a bit messy. The pan takes care of that for me.

Also try my Kick’N chicken legs on the Big Easy.

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Garlic Parmesan Drumsticks on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These garlic Parmesan drumsticks on the Char-Broil Big Easy are proof that it really doesn't take many ingredients to make absolutely delicious chicken.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 legs
Calories 0
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Spray the drumsticks with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the salt, pepper and granulated garlic and rub over all sides of the chicken pieces. I like my chicken pretty garlicky, so I used more of it than salt and pepper. Just make whatever ratio you want.
  • Transfer chicken to the Big Easy basket. Place into the Big Easy and cook until done. My legs took approximately 40 minutes to reach 165 F.
  • Combine the butter, fresh garlic, Parmesan and parsley. Lift up the Big Easy basket and, using a long brush, brush with the butter mixture. Return the basket to the Big Easy and cook another 5 or so minutes or until the chicken turns golden brown.
  • Remove and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Sesame ginger chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy is a mighty fine example of just how easy making good chicken can be. A quick marinade in salad dressing and into the cooker. No mess, no fuss, no baby sitting a grill. In no time you get juicy, tender, super tasty chicken with a hint of sesame and ginger.

I prefer split chicken breasts, but any cut of chicken will do. I tend to prefer bone in pieces, since they will end up being juicier and more flavorful than boneless cuts.
Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used a bottle of Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger salad dressing as the marinade for the chicken. You can use your favorite brand or flavor of dressing, but steer clear of any that contain sugary things like… sugar. Or honey. Or brown sugar. The Big Easy cooks at a fairly high temperature. Sugary marinades will char and char good in no time. If you do use one that contains sugar, you’ll want to rinse off the chicken before putting it into the cooker. Yes, you’ll loose some flavor (the marinade will still be inside of the chicken), but you won’t run the risk of burning your dish.

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Sesame Ginger Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 0
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a resealable bag or container.
  • Add marinade to taste. Toss to coat.
  • Seal and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until it reaches 165 F as checked in several places.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

“Crazy good” are the first words that came to mind when I first tasted this buttermilk-marinated turkey. Cooked up on the Big Easy it was very, very tender and juicy and absolutely packed with flavor. Delicious. Every bite. I’ve cooked a lot of turkey on my Big Easy and I have to say I’ll probably never do breasts any other way. Sure I may mix up the seasonings I add, but the underlying recipe of marinating the breast for a few hours in buttermilk and lemon will stay the same – they are what make the meat so tender and juicy.
Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey on the Char-Broil Big EasyI cooked a 10 pound breast in almost exactly 100 minutes. It needed a little more time thanks to a cool light breeze. On a perfect day with perfect conditions 10 minutes per pound would’ve been all I would’ve needed.

Does it get any easier than that? I left the lid off my Big Easy for the first 30 minutes then added it to get more color on top. I probably could’ve used an extra 10 minutes with the lid on just to get the color a bit more even but hey, it was fantastic anyway!

The next question is: Can I use the same technique for cooking a whole turkey? I don’t see why not! As long as it’ll fit in a large turkey bag (I used a small one for just the bone-in breast) I suspect that this approach will be perfect for any bird.

Do not marinate for over eight hours. The lemon juice will start to break down the meat. Eight hours max is the rule you want to go by.

Also try my easy large turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

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Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 10 hours
Servings 1 turkey breast

Ingredients

  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 6 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole bone-in turkey breast 5 to 6 pounds, rinsed
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  • Combine buttermilk, garlic, lemon, rosemary, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Place turkey in a large resealable container or baggie.
  • Pour in the buttermilk mixture. Seal the container and place in refrigerator for 8 hours, turning the breast every hour so that each side gets some time in the marinade.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove the turkey breast from the marinade, which you will discard.
  • Pat the breast dry and rub a small amount of olive oil all over the turkey. Transfer to the Big Easy basket
  • Transfer basket to the Big Easy and cook until the breast measures 165 F as tested in several locations. Use 10 minutes per pound as your starting point. My turkey, a 10 pounder, took 110 minutes.
  • Remove the basket from the Big Easy. Let cool slightly before removing the breast to a cutting board. Let rest another 15 minutes before carving.