Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

The Kick’N chicken legs I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy not too long ago really got me jonesin’ for more legs. These spicy roasted chicken legs have a nice little kick to them. And they also have a wonderful buttery flavor kissed with a bit of citrus. Although I’m usually a split chicken breast guy, the Big Easy cooks any cut, such as legs, absolutely perfect.
Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyEven if you like spicy, go easy on the cayenne first as you add it to the butter. But, don’t go too crazy. No matter what, these spicy roasted chicken legs are a treat that cook up in no time on your Char-Broil Big Easy.

Also try my nuclear chicken, made on the Big Easy.

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Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: You'll need a Bunk Bed Basket for your Big Easy to cook more than 4 legs at a time.
Course Main
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 whole chicken legs
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon more or less, to taste cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Place the legs into the Big Easy baskets. Try to not crowd them.
  • Melt the butter in a small bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Brush 1/3rd of the mixture over the legs and transfer to the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 30 minutes then brush with another 1/3rd of the butter mixture.
  • Cook another 15 minutes or until the chicken temperate reaches 165 F as measured in several places, making sure to not touch the bone.
  • Brush with the remaining butter mixture and cook 5 more minutes.
  • Remove and serve.

Chili-Stuffed Mushrooms on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Well now, these were different! I’d never thought of making chili-stuffed mushrooms on my Char-Broil Big Easy. Not even in my dreams, where sometimes odd food things can happen. I have to say, they’re quite the addicting little bites. Further proof that the Char-Broil Big Easy isn’t just for poultry (but let’s face it, it does one heck of a good job at that!).
Chili-Stuffed Mushrooms on the Char-Broil Big Easy
You could definitely spice up your version of chili-stuffed mushrooms. Use a spicy chili (you probably saw that coming) and shredded habanero jack cheese. Top the mushrooms with jalapeno just before serving. That’ll get the party going!

Also try my pesto-stuffed mushrooms on the Big Easy.

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Chili-Stuffed Mushrooms on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 bites
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 16 cremini mushrooms stems removed
  • 1/2 cup chili
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus a bit more for topping
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. to taste

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Combine the chili, cream cheese, and 1/4 cup of cheddar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Spoon mixture into the center of the mushrooms. Push it in (gently) to fill the cavity. It's ok to mound it up a good bit too.
  • Transfer the mushrooms to the Big Easy basket and the Bunk Bed Basket.
  • Place into the Big Easy and cook until the mushrooms are starting to soften, about 15 minutes.
  • You can add the cheese now and return the mushrooms to the Big Easy to melt it, or remove them, transfer to a platter and sprinkle with more cheese.

Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Fowl Play marinade by The Shed BBQ adds tremendous flavor to any cut of chicken. As soon as I opened it I knew that I was in for nothing but goodness. I detected soy sauce. Apple juice. Citrus. It’s tangy with a slight hint of vinegar. Fowl Play Chicken cooked on the Char-Broil Big Easy comes out incredibly flavorful all the way through.
Fowl Play Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used split bone-in chicken breasts, marinating them for 4 hours before placing them into the Big Easy. The skin doesn’t get crispy because of all that time in the marinade, but the meat… oh my goodness. So tender and juicy and good! Incredible. If you’re looking for a quick, painless way to make masterful chicken on the Big Easy this is it.

I was a bit worried that maybe some of the spices in Fowl Play might burn from the high heat in the Big Easy but they did not. You have to watch for that if you’re using anything with large chunks of things like minced garlic.

I’m a big fan of store-bought marinated chicken like this Fowl Play chicken or Chiavetta’s chicken cooked on the Big Easy. It’s as simple as it gets.

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Fowl Play 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
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.

Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Yes! Oh yes! How I do love my chicken with a little kick. I made some fiery chicken breasts on my Char-Broil Big Easy and they had that great spicy hit. Not too much, and not too little. Perfect. The meat was moist, tender and had the perfect flavor. All thanks to a quick marinade in Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade!
Fiery Chicken Breasts on the Char-Broil Big EasyI’ve cooked literally hundreds of chicken breasts on my Big Easy and I can say it’s pretty much impossible to goof it up. I mean you’d have to work really hard at it. This recipe is a great example. Marinate the chicken, drop it in to the Big Easy (ok, put it in the basket first!) and cook until done. Boom. That’s it.

Goya’s Mojo Chipotle marinade has a great southwestern flavor with just a little spicy smokiness. If you’re afraid of heat don’t worry because it won’t overwhelm you at all. It’s just right. If you can’t find it in your local store or don’t want to order it online, try my Kick’N Chicken Legs instead.

Also try my green chile rubbed chicken on the Big Easy.

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Fiery Chicken Breasts 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
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.

Loaded Roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Oh how I do love cooking Twinkies on my Char-Broil Big Easy. They’re the world’s easiest dessert. And they can be topped with darn near anything you have in the pantry, fridge or freezer. The Twinkies only take a few minutes to get a nice little crunch on the outside, while the insides get all oooey gooey. I topped my loaded roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big Easy with Nutella, marshmallows, whipped cream, toffee and for a hint of healthy, some fresh strawberries.
Loaded Roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big EasySpreading a bit of Nutella on the Twinkies first gives the remaining ingredients something to hold onto. They don’t slide off and into the pan. Now, I’m not saying that if they did slide off that it’d be the end of world, no, but loaded roasted Twinkies need to be mounded with toppings. The more, the better.

Also make up a batch of chocolate chip cookies or some bloomin’ apples for dessert. On your Big Easy. Yep, that’s right, on your Big Easy!

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Loaded Roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a small pie pan or other dish for the Twinkies. Do not roast them directly on the Big Easy rack.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Nutella divided
  • 2 Twinkies
  • Handful miniature marshmallows
  • Whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup Toffee pieces
  • Fresh berries

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Spread most of the Nutella out on the bottom of the pie pan.
  • Add the Twinkies then top with the remaining Nutella (It gives the marshmallows something to stick to).
  • Place into the Big Easy for 10 minutes or until the Twinkies start to brown and crisp a bit and the marshmallows have melted.
  • Remove and add whipped cream, Toffee and berries. Serve.

Hot Dogs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I could’ve fired up my gas grill to cook a batch of hot dogs. Or lit some charcoal. That’s when I had a ‘duh’ moment. The Big Easy! It cooks everything great, so why not use it! So that’s what I did and wow, I have to say it cooks up hot dogs about as quick and as easy as you could possibly get. Just fire it up, load it up and wait. Read a book, watch some TV, play a game, because there’s no turning, no worrying, no burning. Done in no time and roasted perfectly! Say hello to the new way to cook up hot dogs!
Hot Dogs on the Char-Broil Big EasyFor something totally different, try marinating your hot dogs first.

Char-Broil makes two different kabob sets for the Big Easy. One sits on the bottom of the Big Easy with the kabobs extending upwards. The other rests on top of the cooking basket with the kabobs pointing downward. Either one will work just fine for cooking up a nice big batch of hot dogs. There’s plenty of room in the Big Easy for jumbo dogs, too.

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Hot Dogs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: I easily fit 8 regular-sized hot dogs onto the kabobs. I might could squeeze 8 more. If you use bun-length dogs you'll only be able to fit 8.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Hot dogs you can also substitute fresh, uncooked sausages but you'll have to increase the cook time

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Thread the hot dogs onto the Big Easy kabobs. If using the holder that points downward be sure you use the cotter pins or the dogs might slide down and off as they cook.
  • Lower the kabobs into the Big Easy and cook for 12 minutes or until done as desired.

Kick’N Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

It just occurred to me the other day. I have never cooked chicken legs by themselves on my Char-Broil Big Easy. I’ve done plenty of whole chickens, and tons of wings and breasts, but never legs. What the heck was I thinking? I immediately set out to remedy that situation. These Kick’N chicken legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy came out fantastic, just like all the other poultry I’ve ever cooked on the Big Easy. Super moist and tender, and thanks to Weber’s Kick’N seasoning, nice and spicy!
Kick'N Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou won’t end up with crispy skin when you make these Kick’N chicken legs, but you will end up with delicious meat bite after bite. I’d say I used the right amount of the seasoning because I do prefer a little kick to my chicken, but not so much that I’m balled up on the floor crying. These legs were fantastic and spiced perfectly.

Also try my spicy roasted chicken legs and my garlic Parmesan drumsticks ready in no time on the Big Easy!

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Kick'N Chicken Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I used a bunk bed basket because it makes for easier cleaning. You 'll need a basket to cook 8 legs at a time.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Lightly brush the chicken legs with oil and season, to taste, with the Kick'N chicken seasoning.
  • Transfer legs to the Big Easy.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until the legs reach 165-175 F as measured in several spots.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’ve been using seasonings from Dizzy Pig for years. Everything they make is packed with flavor and is of the highest quality. Dizzy Pig has a wide variety of spice mixes available, like this Raging River seasoning that is absolutely perfect on a chicken roasted in the Char-Broil Big Easy. I made a beer-can version, but you can skip that step and just season the chicken and cook it as-is in the Big Easy. Either way, you get a great maple-infused herby flavor with just a slight spicy kick that is out-of-this-world great.

Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyRaging River chicken tastes (and looks!) fantastic! The skin is crispy and, well, addicting. Very addicting. Dangerously addicting. So is my rotisserie-style chicken, also made on the Big Easy, which you should also try. It’s amazing how great poultry on the Big Easy is, with just a few store-bought ingredients.

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Raging River Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I use the Char-Broil folding chicken roaster to hold the beer or soda cans securely. If the beer you're using is only available in a bottle, just empty the contents into an empty beer or soda can.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning.
  • If opting to make beer can chicken open the can and drain (er... drink) about 1/4th of the beer. Add a heaping teaspoon of seasoning to the beer. Insert beer can into the bottom of the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15 minutes per pound or until the chicken has hit 165 F as measured in several locations.
  • Let rest 15 minutes before removing the beer can (if using) and carving.

Old Bay Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I can eat a scary amount of crab legs. Fortunately, I don’t have to tell you just how much a ‘scary amount’ is, but when the crab legs are as great as these Old Bay crab legs cooked on my Char-Broil Big Easy, I cannot control myself. From the moment they go into cooker the aroma hits you and your stomach will start growling. In just minutes you too can be enjoying nice big ole meaty crab legs covered in Old Bay seasoning. For dipping, I made a bit of clarified butter, which is also something I cannot control myself around. This was a bonus meal for sure!
Old Bay Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can make Old Bay snow crab legs too, if you wish, but you’ll probably want to cut back on the heating time. It doesn’t take long to re-heat the already-steamed thawed crab legs.

If you prefer to grill your crab legs, try my grilled Old Bay crab legs. Also try my garlic lobster tails and snow crab legs also cooked up perfectly on the Big Easy.

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Old Bay Crab Legs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: The clarified butter takes longer to make than do the crab legs, so you'll want to start that first. You can also make the clarified butter ahead of time and just warm it for serving.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds steamed King crab legs defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Old Bay seasoning

For the clarified butter

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Break the crab legs at the joints if necessary so that they fit into the Big Easy basket.
  • Take a pair of kitchen scissors and make a cut along the full length of the bottoms of the legs.
  • Melt 1/4 cup of the butter in a small saucepan and add Old Bay to taste. Stir. Brush butter mixture over the legs. Don't be afraid to separate the cuts you made a bit to get some of the butter inside.
  • Place legs into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Heat for 6-8 minutes. Heat less if using snow crab or smaller legs, more for bigger legs. Remember the legs are already cooked, you're just re-heating them.

For the clarified butter

  • Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once the butter has melted reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible and then increase to maintain a very slight boil. Heat for 45 minutes.
  • Scoop out the top clear portion of melted butter and run thru a fine sieve. Discard the solids that remain at the bottom of the pan.
  • Serve hot.

Roasted Cauliflower Version 2.0 on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Roasted cauliflower is something we make often on the Char-Broil Big Easy. It takes absolutely no time at all to prepare and always comes out perfect. In the past I’ve roasted entire heads of cauliflower in the Big Easy. The only trick to using a whole head of cauliflower is that you have to make sure you buy one that’ll fit into the Big Easy basket.

This time (aka Version 2.0) I thought I’d try using florets instead. And for a little color and ‘ahhhhh’ factor, I used a combination of purple and orange cauliflower. Topped with what has become our house-favorite seasoning, Casa Seasoning from AlbuKirky Seasonings, this cauliflower was tender and tasty. Perfect.
Roasted Cauliflower on the Char-Broil Big EasyTo keep the roasted cauliflower florets from failing thru the Char-Broil Big Easy baskets I lined them foil. With the addition of two bunk bed baskets you could easily cook a good-sized head of cauliflower. You can also use this same recipe for making broccoli.

Also try my Bang Bang cauliflower, also made on the Big Easy. Not in to cauliflower? Roasted carrots are amazing!

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Roasted Cauliflower Version 2.0 on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Too cook a medium head of cauliflower all at once I used two bunk bed baskets, both lined with foil. You could get by with a single bunk bed basket and then also line the bottom of the Big Easy basket with foil.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Note: I prefer to remove the florets from the cauliflower and then steam them. You can also boil them, but steaming them isn't as violent so they tend to stay together. Also, if you are using purple or orange cauliflower boiling tends to remove some of the color.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Lay a single layer of foil inside the basket and/or bunk bed baskets.
  • Add the cauliflower in a single layer. Try to not over-crowd too much. A little is ok, but stacking them won't result in even roasting.
  • Lower the basket into the cooker and cook for 10-20 minutes depending on how done you want your cauliflower.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before seasoning with your favorite seasoning and serving.