This spice rub really gives an extra kick to bbq chicken! It pairs wonderfully with the sweet and sticky glaze that forms from the barbecue sauce on the outside. It really is delicious and was a big hit at our 4th of July party! For me, you just have to use chicken on the bone, with skin and all, when you grill barbecue chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts definitely have their place in the grilling world (and I’ll admit I use them 90% of the time) but let’s just give barbecue over to the “real” thing! Grilling with chicken that is on the bone, with skin, makes for much more tender and flavorful meat. After all, you can always peel off the skin when you eat it, but the meat underneath will be juicy and delightful!
BBQ Chicken Secret Spice Rub
2 Tb paprika
2 Tb chili powder
2 tsp salt
3-4 lb whole chicken, cut up OR 8-10 thighs and/or drumsticks
1 cup Famous Daves BBQ sauce, for basting
Combine spices and rub onto chicken. Either you can grill immediately or let rest in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
Heat grill to medium heat and oil grates. Grill chicken covered, turning occasionally to prevent charring, for 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear (pierce thickest piece to the bone to test). During last 5 minutes of cooking, baste chicken with your favorite bbq sauce.