Good morning everyone!
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything on my blog. But last night as I was sitting in bed watching a cake decorating show the boob tube, I was thinking about what I was gonna cook for myself this weekend. Just then, I saw one of the bakers make a barbecued pig from cake and thought, “I’ll make some of Dad’s barbecued chickens!” So I decided I wanted to share the recipe and memories with you.
I don’t know where my dad got the recipe for his barbecue sauce but I tell ya, it’s the best sauce for anything you want to barbecue. Dad started barbecuing chickens when my sister and I were kids but we didn’t learn to appreciate the flavor until we were older.
He built himself a grill from a 50-gallon drum but he also had a charcoal grill that he used. The secret to barbecuing chickens is to keep the heat at a lower heat. That way, the chickens won’t burn up on the outside and still be raw on the inside. But the best part of my dad’s chickens was the sauce.
Dad would set up outside underneath the shade trees with his grills and basting brush. While the chickens cooked, he would sing songs from the little brown hymnal we used at church. Meanwhile, Mom would fix baked beans, deviled eggs, slice tomatoes (fresh from the garden), maybe some corn on the cob and garlic rye bread. We didn’t have barbecued chicken very often because it was an all-day job, but oh so worth it at the end of the day. It was some mighty fine eatin’.
Let me add the recipe here so you can try it: For three chickens, you need 2 cups of lemon juice, 2 sticks of butter, 1 Tsp. cayenne pepper and 2 Tbsp. salt. Mix together and bring to a boil. Pour over chicken and let set for 30 minutes. Repeat that process three times. After the last soaking, add a bottle of BBQ sauce and bring to a boil. Place chicken on grill and baste with the sauce. I freeze the leftover sauce and use it on hamburgers, steaks and pork chops.
I make and use this barbecue sauce every chance I get and think of my dad every time I do. I just wish he was here so he could see that I’ve carried on his great recipe. I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think.
Have a great day everyone!