I use a lot of products from Stubb’s, from sauces to marinades. I’ve been very happy with them all. That’s why I decided to use some of Stubb’s chicken rub on a whole chicken and drop it into my (awesome) cooker, the Char-Broil Big Easy. As always, the Big Easy was easy, cooking the bird in 15 minutes per pound.The Stubb’s seasoning added a little sweetness, and a kinda different flavor, mustard. I’ve rubbed beef in mustard before but never added mustard flavor to chicken. It was fantastic! I did make my chicken a beer can chicken by adding a bit more Stubb’s chicken rub to a can of beer that I then inserted into the chicken. You can skip that part if you wish, or use an empty soda can with chicken broth added. There’s no wrong here because the Big Easy cooks chicken right every time. And boy, does the skin comes out crispy and dangerously delicious to say nothing of how tender and moist the meat is, dark or white!
It was a cold and crappy day. I didn’t really feel like cooking much, so I threw all of the ingredients for pot pie into the slow cooker and let it go for 6 hours. Into pie pans, topped with dough, and a few minutes later… bingo! Slow cooker pot pie! Yummy and creamy and with just a little bit of that crunchy crust that I think is pretty much required by law. There’s nothing fancy about this slow cooker pot pie. It takes minimal time to throw together, and it makes a nice big batch. Great on a cold day. Perfectly good on a warm day.
Mmmmmm. Tasty, moist, tender chicken. Montreal seasoning combines many of my favorite things: garlic, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dill seed, and salt. Combine that with the fact that the Char-Broil Big Easy makes perfect chicken every single time and you’ve got a great dish. In fact, I cooked 6 chickens on one of my Big Easy’s just the other day. It’s optional, but I went the beer can route with my Montreal chicken. It’s not any harder to do on the Big Easy than ‘regular’ chicken. Just add a bit of seasoning to an open beer can, insert, and cook. That’s it. The Big Easy cooks chicken just great without the beer can, believe me, but it does add a little coolness factor and flavor.
If you’re not a fan of beer, don’t fret. Soda works just as well. For Montreal chicken, I’d lean towards something like root beer or maybe a ginger ale.
The Char-Broil Big Easy does a phenomenal job cooking poultry. You don’t even have to get all fancy with it, but sometimes I like to do a little extra and make a beer (or soda) can version of my favorite whole roasted chickens. This root beer can chicken came out fantastic. I used a slightly spicy but simple rub, and a good canned root beer. Moist and tender meat with great flavor. I couldn’t have been happier. The flavor from the root beer is subtle, but there. Use a quality root beer. If you can’t find one in a can, just empty (er… drink) a can of soda or beer and add the good root beer in.
There’s nothing complicated about cooking a whole chicken on the Big Easy. You can pretty much count on it taking 15 minutes per pound unless it’s really windy out. Of course you’ll still want to poke it with an instant-read thermometer to make sure it gets about 165 F, but I’ve cooked probably 50 chickens on my Big Easy and counting on 15 minutes per pound has never failed me.
Any day that ends in the letter ‘y’ is a good day to roast up some chicken in my Char-Broil Big Easy. A few hours in a flavor-packed marinade, one hour on the cooker, and we sat down to enjoy some fantastic downtown roasted chicken breasts. The chicken is moist and tender with just a hint of spiciness and smokiness. I used bone-in chicken breasts, but any chicken cuts (or even a whole chicken) would work just fine. I removed the skin because the marinade is going to keep it from getting crispy. Also, no skin means that the marinade soaks in deep, making sure each bite is full of flavor. The marinade would also be fantastic on steaks.
When using a marinade and cooking on the Big Easy I like to lay my chicken flat so that the marinade doesn’t fun off. If you are using the basket that comes with the Big Easy you can easily cook two breasts at a time. Add the bunk bed basket and you can cook 4. Go big time and get the cooking rack and cook 6 or more. But, keep in mind that the farther the chicken is from the fire the longer it’ll take to cook, so as you get near an hour cook time watch the pieces on the bottom. They may have to be removed earlier than those higher up.
You'll need the Bunk Bed Basket or the Cooking Rack for the Big Easy to cook 4 or more chicken breasts at a time. Note that the chicken breasts on the bottom might cook faster than those on top. Begin checking for doneness after 1 hour and remove any done chicken once it hits 165 F.
4 split bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
For the rub
5 chipotles along with 2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce they are packed in
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 shallots, diced
2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
Place the chicken in large resealable bag or container.
Place all of the rub ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
Pour marinade over chicken. Close the container and toss gently to coat.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Remove the chicken from the container and place into the Big Easy basket.
Place into cooker and cook until the chicken hits 165 F, about 1 hour.
Wow! Talk about some great chicken! Perfectly crispy skin, covered in vinegar-mayonnaise BBQ sauce. Man, this white barbecue chicken that I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy came out great. We both loved it. It is definitely something different from the ‘usual’ roasted chicken. I opted for split bone-in chicken breasts, but you could use boneless breasts, legs, wings or even whole chicken. You can certainly make your own white BBQ sauce, it’s pretty easy to do. I decided to use some of the bottle of Lillie’s Q Ivory sauce that I picked up at Jungle Jim’s outside of Cincinnati. The Ivory sauce is thick, but not too thick, and it’s not too mayonnaise-y or vinegar-y. We think it has the perfect balance of flavors, making it ideal for this roasted chicken.
I made some fantastic flashback old school BBQ chicken on my Char-Broil Big Easy the other day. It put me in the mood for more BBQ chicken, so I up and made this fantastic Italian Ranch BBQ chicken. It’s like my old school BBQ chicken kicked up big time. You still get that great BBQ sauce flavor, but as a bonus, you get ultra-tender juicy chicken that has marinated in Italian and Ranch dressings. My goodness, it was good! The original recipe for Italian Ranch BBQ chicken called for marinating the chicken in the BBQ sauce and the dressings. Since I was using a BBQ sauce made with molasses I knew that if it spent a long time over high heat it would start to burn. So, I marinated the chicken overnight in the dressings and then placed it into the Big Easy until almost done. That’s when I brushed the chicken with the BBQ sauce. And it was good.
I’ve been hankerin’ for that rotisserie chicken flavor, but without having to get a rotisserie accessory for my grill. The solution? Rotisserie-style chicken done up right on the Char-Broil Big Easy. As with all chicken done on the Big Easy, the end result is moist, tender and packed with flavor. And yes, it has the best crispy skin ever! The rotisserie-style rub contains brown sugar, which means it can get a little dark when exposed to high heat, like you get in a Char-Broil Big Easy. I thought it came out great, but the legs and wings do get a little char on them (it was a mighty tasty char, I must add). You can leave out the brown sugar, but you won’t quite get that lovely dark rotisserie color you find on the chickens you see in the store.
Rotisserie-Style Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy
Recipe type: Main
1 whole chicken, rinsed, patted dry (I used a 6 pound chicken)
For the rub (Note: This makes a big batch, plenty for a whole lot of chickens. Keep in an air-tight container. Feel free to scale the recipe if needed.)
3/4 cup Kosher salt
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup onion powder
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup Italian seasoning
1/4 cup brown sugar (Note: The sugar will caramelize and make your chicken darker in color and may char on thinner parts of the chicken, such as the wings. Omit the sugar if you are concerned about the chicken being too dark. You can always add it in for applications where you're not cooking under such high heat as you are within a Big Easy.)
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
Fire up your Big Easy.
Spray the Big Easy basket with non-stick spray.
Combine the rub ingredients and sprinkle over the chicken. Get all sides, everywhere. Rub it in good. Don't be too shy with it. Note: The sugar in the rub will char in high heat. Omit it if you want a golden skin, leave it in if you don't mind darker skin.
Lower the chicken into the Big Easy and cook until done, usually 15-20 minutes per pound.
Remove the chicken and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing. The skin will be incredibly delicious!