The first game of the year for the Houston Texans was last Friday night. I wanted to fire up the pit for the game but, I had to work. There was no time for low and slow so, I decided to try some barbecued chicken legs. With prep and cook time, it should only take a little over an hour from start to finish.
Of course I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so a quick stop at the grocery store got me everything I needed. I got to skip buying the rosemary again and used my own from the garden. I can’t recommend fresh herbs enough, they’re easy and cheap to grow and taste much better than the stuff on the seasoning aisle at the grocery store. I’m planning now to expand my garden area to include every variety that I can reasonably grow in the hot, humid Houston climate.
As soon as I got home, I set the grill up for two zone cooking. A pile of charcoal on one side and a cheap aluminum pan, half full of water, on the other.
The rub is quick and easy to make, (I did have to grind more rosemary in my mortar and pestle… I need a spice mill) just don’t forget to add salt to taste. The rub recipe on the website doesn’t list it in the main list of ingredients but, in the paragraph below it so, its easy to miss if you’re skimming. Don’t forget to coat your chicken in vegetable oil since the spices are soluble in oil, not water.
I let the chicken sit in the fridge for about fifteen minutes (didn’t have time for the full hour it should have sat). Then, threw the chicken on for about forty minutes and plugged in my handy new Maverick ET732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer to be sure the temperature was exactly right (325 degrees is the recommended temp) and, pulled them off once the internal temperature read about 170 degrees.
In the end the barbecued chicken legs smelled awesome. Very aromatic. It tasted great but, it wasn’t knock your socks off awesome. I give it a score of 6 out 10. It was just a preseason game but, the Texans did beat the Vikings 27 to 13 so, all-in-all, it was a great day.
The quest for the perfect barbecued chicken legs continues but, the Texans are taking it all the way to the Superbowl this year.