Peach BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Roasted chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy is something I could make and eat all day long. I never get tired of it. I usually make split chicken breasts or whole chickens. This time I used a great off-the-shelf rub, Dizzy Pig’s Raging River, and cooked the chicken until done. I then brushed on my fantastic homemade peach BBQ sauce. Wow, what great chicken!
Peach BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can make any chicken using this same technique but substitute your own rub or seasoning and any sauce you want. Just make sure that you don’t put the sauce on until the end (after the chicken is fully cooked) or it will burn. The Big Easy cooks at a high temperature. It won’t take long for it to set the sauce.

I’m a big fan of BBQ-style chicken on the Big Easy. Also check out my Daddy’s BBQ and white barbecue recipes.

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Peach BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Use the Bunk Bed basket to double or triple your cooking space.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Apply the seasoning and 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 the Big Easy basket and carefully brush the chicken with the sauce. Return the basket to the Big Easy for another 5 minutes to set the sauce.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Shake ‘N Bake Pork Chops on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Oh how I do love Shake ‘N Bake pork chops. And as much as they are great made in the oven, I was completely blown away by how fantastic they were cooked in my Char-Broil Big Easy. Crazy tasty, the chops were unbelievably moist and tender. Every bite was so good, I hated coming to the end. Well, except that I saved the bone for last. You can’t have a Shake ‘N Bake chop and not gnaw on the bone. It’s almost a law. You could use boneless chops, but bone-in have much more flavor.
Shake 'N Bake Pork Chops on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used 3/4″ bone-in chops, which took just over 20 minutes to cook to 160 F. I cooked the chops in Bunk Bed baskets lined with foil for easy clean up. Depending on the size of your chops, you might be able to cook two at a time per basket, but don’t crowd them or they won’t cook completely or consistently. If you use multiple bunk bed baskets so you can cook multiple chops at once keep in mind that each level might cook at a different rate. Try to use same-thickness chops on each level so they all finish at the same time.

You can use any flavor Shake ‘N Bake you like. Read the package instructions to decide how much you’ll need for the chops you have. I prefer my homemade chipotle Shake ‘N Bake. It takes just like the classic mix, but with a nice little smoky kick.

I like my pork chops with a crispy side salad topped with croutons that I also made on my Big Easy.

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Shake 'N Bake Pork Chops on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can cook only one large pork chop (or maybe two small ones) at a time in the Big Easy basket. But, with a little finagling you can also add up to three Bunk Bed Baskets, giving you room for four large pork chops at once. Note that the chops at the top of the basket may cook at a different rate than those at the bottom, so start checking the temperatures after 20 minutes for chops that are around 3/4" thick. Thinner chops will of course take less time and thicker ones will take longer.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Working one at a time, place a pork chop into a resealable bag containing the Shake 'N Bake mix. Seal and shake until coated. Alternatively, pour the Shake 'N Bake out onto a plate and press the chop into the mixture, flipping and pressing the other side to also coat it.
  • Line the Big Easy basket and any bunk bed baskets with foil. I sprayed mine with non-stick spray but I don't think it's absolutely necessary.
  • Lower basket into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 20 minutes then check the temperature in multiple places. The minimum safe temperature is 145 F, but I personally aim for 160 F as measured in several places.
  • Remove from the Big Easy and rest 5 minutes before serving.

Colombian-Style Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

There’s no denying that the Char-Broil Big Easy makes mighty fine chicken. Mighty tasty, mighty moist and mighty pretty. This Colombian-style chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy sets the bar really high when it comes to poultry. Every bite is packed with a fantastic combination of spices and vegetables. I was reminded of the roasted chicken you could buy on the streets in South America.
Colombian-Style Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyWhenever I make a perfect chicken like this Colombian-style chicken on my Big Easy I laughingly ask myself: should I hire security to guard the patio? It’s just so good that I wouldn’t be surprised if some passerby jumped the fence to grab a taste! The aroma alone while the chicken is cooking is enough to drive you crazy!

I (obviously) used a whole chicken for this recipe, but pieces would work just as fine. Just don’t overlap them in the Big Easy or they won’t cook evenly.

Also try my Cajun-marinated chicken on the Big Easy.

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Colombian-Style Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Servings 1 chicken

Ingredients

  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin I used less
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 whole chicken 4-5 pounds rinsed

Instructions

  • Place all but the chicken into a blender and process until it forms a paste.
  • Rub the paste all over the chicken, inside and out.
  • Place in a large resealable bag or container and let marinade overnight.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove any remaining paste from the outside of the chicken (it will burn in the Big Easy if you do not).
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound, checking for 165 F in several places before removing.

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Bacon on the Char-Broil Big Easy

It had to be done. I was sitting there pondering what I haven’t yet cooked and then it hit me. Bacon on the Char-Broil Big Easy!. I knew I’d have to go vertical with the bacon, so I grabbed a Big Easy kabob rack, some bacon, and proceeded to make bacon ‘curtains’, hanging the bacon down into the cooker. The bacon cooked up quickly and came out super crispy. And oh, did it ever smell soooo good!
Bacon on the Char-Broil Big EasySince the bacon on the Char-Broil Big Easy is hung over the kabob rack I didn’t end up with perfectly flat bacon. I did get pieces that were perfect for BLT sandwiches. Where the bacon bends is the point at which it cooks up the fastest. So does the bacon closest to the edges of the cooker.

It’s easy to over-cook the bacon, so I recommend pulling it out of the Big Easy sooner than you think you should and letting it cool and crisp up. Also, it’s easier to remove the bacon from the rack if it is still slightly soft. Once it cools and gets crispy it will tend to break.

Although I haven’t yet tried it, I’m pretty sure you could use a Bunk Bed basket to hang the bacon if you don’t have the Big Easy kabob rack.

Did you know you can make your entire breakfast on your Big Easy, not just the bacon? Make breakfast sausage, breakfast cups and even eggs!

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Bacon on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Bacon

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Drape the bacon over the Big Easy basket. or kabob holder. Do not overlap.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook 15-20 minutes. Do not let the bacon get too brown, it will crisp while cooling.
  • Remove and let cool before removing.

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Daddy’s BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m not one to rename other folk’s recipes, so when I came across Daddy’s BBQ chicken I couldn’t call it something else even though it’s not my daddy’s BBQ chicken. If it was though, I’d say “Dad, that’s amazingly great chicken!”. Like any other poultry made on the Char-Broil Big Easy it’s tender, juicy and of course, there’s crispy crazy yummy skin. The marinade is the perfect combination of Worcestershire sauce and steak sauce with just a hint of citrus.
Daddy's BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyI would make Daddy’s BBQ chicken on my Char-Broil Big Easy again. And again. People might look at it first and expect a fairly simple chicken but that’s not what they’ll get. Packed with flavor it’s a nice change from your standard roasted chicken or chicken that has been covered in a traditional BBQ sauce.

I’m a big fan of BBQ-style chicken on the Big Easy. Also check out my peach BBQ and white barbecue recipes.

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Daddy's BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Depending on the side of your chicken breasts you might need a Bunk Bed basket to fit all of the chicken into your Big Easy.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 split bone-in chicken breasts skin removed if desired
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup A-1 steak sauce
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter melted
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a large resealable bag or container.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, Worcestershire, steak sauce and butter.
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours, turning the chicken every 30 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess.
  • Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper and transfer to the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook until the chicken measures 165 F as measured in several places, generally 20 minutes per pound.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Beer-Can Seasoned Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m a big fan of making beer can chicken. Weber has a seasoning that hits the spot with the perfect combination of spices. It’s perfect for making beer-can seasoned chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Nothing could be easier. I will warn you, though, the crispy skin comes out absolutely delicious. The advantage of being the person cooking the chicken is that you get first dibs on it and the rest of the chicken.

The seasoning is so good you can leave out the beer can. The Big Easy cooks up chicken so moist and tender you won’t notice it’s not there, and the Weber seasoning packs such great flavor you’ll be as happy as if you did use the beer.
Beer-Can Seasoned Chicken on the Char-Broil Big EasyIf you do decide to also add a beer can don’t use a strongly-flavored beer or it might drown out the great seasonings. And of course, you’re not required to use beer in a beer-can chicken. Many sodas and even wine work just as well.

For something different, try my beer can cabbage on the Big Easy. It’s different for sure!

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Beer-Can Seasoned Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 1 chicken
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Lightly coat the outside of the chicken with oil.
  • Sprinkle seasoning liberally all over the chicken, inside and out.
  • Place chicken into your Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes per pound until the chicken reaches 165 F as measured in several places.
  • Let rest 10 minutes before carving.

Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These bacon BBQ chicken bombs have been on my to-do list for a while now. I was definitely looking forward to making them on my Char-Broil Big Easy, which is about as fuss-free as you can get. Good doesn’t even come close to describing them. Each bite pops with tender, moist chicken, cheese-stuffed jalapenos, bacon and BBQ sauce.

Don’t fear the jalapenos if you’re not into spicy foods. They mellow out a lot while cooking. If you’re still not sure about using them, you can substitute poblanos. Just halve them lengthwise, remove the seeds, then halve them again depending on how big the peppers are. You’ll still get that great pepper flavor but without any heat.
Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big EasyThese bacon BBQ chicken bombs may seem to be complicated to make on the Char-Broil Big Easy, but they are not. You’re just pounding out some chicken breast, wrapping it around cheese-stuffed jalapenos, rolling it up and wrapping it in bacon. Then onto the Big Easy until done, basted with BBQ sauce, and devoured. That’s it. They’re highly addicting. I recommend making extra because they’re just as good leftover.

Also try my Sriracha bacon onion rings, also cooked up perfectly on the Big Easy.

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Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: You'll need at least one Bunk Bed basket for your Big Easy, or even two, or you might have to cook these bombs in batches.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 bombs
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 5 small boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied and pounded thin (about 1/4") Note: You can also substitute chicken tenderloins
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 large jalapenos halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 20 slices bacon
  • 1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Note: You want each piece of chicken to be approximately the width of the length of the jalapenos.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and cheddar.
  • Spoon the cheese mixture into each jalapeno half.
  • Working in batches, place the jalapenos onto the chicken and roll up. Place seam-side down when done so they don't unroll. If you're chicken pieces are too big you might have to trim them a bit.
  • Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each rolled chicken. Tuck ends under the bacon to seal. The first few might not be pretty, but once you get a hang of it they're fun to make. And they'll taste great no matter what when they are done!
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Add the chicken bombs to the Big Easy basket (and bunk bed basket(s) if using). Do not let them touch. If you have to, cook them in batches.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 20-30 minutes, basting with the BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. Note: I use a very long basting brush to get down inside the basket and get the sauce on all of the chicken bombs. Be careful to not burn yourself. If you can't reach them, just baste them after they are cooked.
  • Remove and check for doneness (165 F) on all cooking levels.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Honey Brown Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

It’s impossible to get tired of roasted chicken. Sometimes I do like to mix it up a bit and make beer can chicken. It’s just as easy as not-beer-can-chicken, and comes out packed with flavor and is so moist and tender…. yum! For my honey brown beer can chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy I used a great honey brown ale and a slightly herby seasoning that paired perfectly with the beer. The chicken smelled so great while it was cooking that I just sat next to the Big Easy, inhaling the wonderful aromas.
honey-brown-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyYep, most food blogs take pictures of their beer can chickens from the front, also known as the ‘money shot’. Me, nope. I went for the flip side of my honey brown beer can chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy.

Look at at that great color. And yes, the skin is crispy. Even if you’re trying to avoid fat, I double-dog dare you to not at least try a piece of the skin. For something different, try my beer can cabbage on the Big Easy. It’s different for sure!

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Honey Brown Beer Can 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

  • 1 whole chicken 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried taragon crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Your favorite honey brown ale I used Honey Brown Ale from Dundee Brewing

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Lightly brush the chicken with oil.
  • Combine the remaining ingredients except for the beer. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Add reserved spice mixture to the beer and insert into 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 and carving.

Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Don’t be fooled by the lightly charred chicken exterior. Inside is fantastically moist, tender, flavor-packed chicken. Just like you always get when you cook Cajun marinated chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Ready in less than an hour it’s perfect sliced. Perfect cubed over salads. Perfect picked up and devoured.
cajun-marinated-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyI used the regular ole basket that comes with the Big Easy. You can fit 4 decent-sized chicken breasts in the basket, but you might have to stand them on end. That’s fine. Just don’t let them touch too much or they won’t cook evenly.

The marinate is just a tad bit spicy, but even the most heat-fearing folk will like it. For something a bit more mellow, give my Big Easy Montreal chicken a try.

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Cajun Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts skin removed

For the marinade

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Place the chicken into a re-sealable bag or container.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the bag.
  • Seal and toss gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and shake off any excess marinade.
  • Place into the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook until chicken is done, 45 minutes to an hour.

Apple Ale Beer Can Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can take a big ole chicken, season it, and drop it into a Char-Broil Big Easy and in no time (15-20 minutes per pound, usually), have a fantastically tender, juicy, flavorful bird. And I cook chicken in my Big Easy just like that, and often. This time, though, I decided to go the beer can route, using a flavor-packed apple ale to infuse even more flavor and moisture into the chicken. The end result was delightful with a hint of apple and as always, the crispiest skin you’ve ever had.
apple-ale-beer-can-chicken-on-the-char-broil-big-easyIf you’re not a beer person, you can substitute a good apple cider or juice instead. If it doesn’t come in a can just drink up a can of your favorite drink and pour the beer or cider or whatever into the empty can.

Be careful when you remove the chicken from the Big Easy. The beer is hot (mighty hot!) and you don’t want to slosh it onto yourself. And make sure you’re also careful when you go to remove the can. Same story: hot.

For something different, try my beer can cabbage on the Big Easy. It’s different for sure! My apple juice brined chicken on the Big Easy is also crazy good.

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Apple Ale Beer Can 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

  • 1 whole chicken 6-8 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried tarragon crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Your favorite apple ale I used Redd's Apple Ale

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  • Combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and brush onto the chicken.
  • Combine the taragon, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining seasoning onto the chicken.
  • Add reserved spice mixture to the beer (take a few drinks first to make room) and insert into the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the basket and insert into the Big Easy.
  • Cook for 15-20 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 and carving.