Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Jerralea's Broiled BBQ Chicken / Just Forgiveness

Today, I am sharing with you my best recipe. The one I love to make most often. The one that never lets me down, my broiled BBQ chicken.

I prefer to buy boneless skinless chicken thighs for this dish. I rub an awesome dry rub (based on a recipe that I found on Mary's Deep South Dish site) on each thigh and then layer them in pans for freezing and cover with foil. Later, I pop a pan of the frozen thighs in the oven at 350° for 55 minutes. (You don't have to defrost first.)

After baking, I transfer them to foil lined jelly roll pan and slather Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ sauce and broil for about 6 minutes. I take out the pan and flip over the thighs and coat that side with the BBQ sauce and broil another 6 minutes. Perfection!  Everyone loves them, and have I told you before. My. Family. Is. Picky?

Here is Mary's Dry Rub Marinade for BBQ:

Dry Rub Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 20 turns of the pepper grinder (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

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The changes I made to it was to use regular salt and pepper and use only 1/2 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning. Because we are lame like that.

I keep a pan of at least 8, sometimes 12, of these thighs in the freezer at all times so that I can have BBQ chicken anytime I need it in an hour and a half.

This is an example of making a recipe your own. Mary's version is great, too, but she likes to brine her chicken first, use the whole chicken and grill it in the backyard. I took the bones of her recipe and changed it to suit my lifestyle. Baking and broiling instead of grilling works for me.

While making recipes your own is great, sometimes doing life your own way doesn't work out.  When I ignore what God's word tells me and do my thing, I always wind up in a mess.

But if I sincerely repent (which means turn from what I'm doing) and ask forgiveness, He is faithful and just to forgive me. This can only happen because Jesus took my punishment on Himself!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

I can't comprehend a God like that - but I'm sure thankful!


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  1. Sweeetttttt Baby Rays. (sorry, wink, I am southern, and we loveeeee that sauce!)--thank you sweet friend for a beautiful post. Blessings

  2. That chicken sounds real good! Forgiveness is key!

  3. I am so thankful God is a God that forgives so freely (and often)

    Yum on the chicken! I think I would try it with chicken breasts; we aren't much of thigh "lovers" here. I like the Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce, son would use it when he would smoke meat (ribs).


  4. Hi Jerralea - interesting you cook the thighs from frozen ... and sounds good for a party type recipe ..

    Cheers Hilary

  5. That recipe looks divine - I might pop over next time you have a barbecue. Exactly how far is it from the Canary Islands to your place?

    From a fellow A-Z blogger :)

  6. Slap Ya Mama! What a fantastic name!!


  7. OH I'm gonna try this recipe for our grill this week!! my husband just got the it all cleaned and ready to start using as starting tomorrow it's supposed to get up in the 60s finally (keep in mind that just an hour west of me here in NY, there is still snow on the ground!! and about an hour north of me!! lol).....I LOVE bbq chicken recipes and my teenager girl LOVES the darker meat of thighs. Can't wait to try this! and YEAH the spiritual reminders found here in this post. good job!!

  8. The chicken sounds yummy! I have a platter full of fried chicken legs in the kitchen right now. The flour is browning for the gravy and the potatoes are starting to boil for the mashed potatoes.

    God is good - - all the time!!

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