Sunday, February 6, 2011

Spice rubbed and BBQ chicken w/ Twice Baked Potatoes

Superbowl's here! I have a confession- I don't like football or know anything about it, really. But what DO know is that people like to eat yummy food during the Superbowl, and I'm down for that! No big parties here, just a simple family affair...wanted to make some easy, delicious grub for the main event.

I had two large chickens in the fridge and quartered them up (for a good chicken quartering tutorial, click here for a great tutorial. Now let's get cooking!

I wanted an easy dry spice rub for half my chicken and also wanted to make my own barbecue sauce for the other half...which, let me tell ya, there are TONS of bbq recipes out there. Some are very intricate, taking days to cook...others are quite simple and consist of a ketchup base. This recipe was simple but spicy, just a little kick and turned into a beautiful glaze. One of my pet peeves with many barbecue sauces is them turning out too gooey, thick or sweet. This one is pleasantly thin, leaving a flavorful kick to the chicken without making it too gunky.

Barbecue Sauce

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chili sauce (recipe below if not using store bought)
1/2 cup rum
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp dry ground mustard
ground black pepper to taste

Chili Sauce

1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp vinegar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 dash salt
1 pinch red pepper flake or hot pepper

Add chili sauce to the rest of ingredients and simmer 30-45 minutes, until some liquid is reduced. Spoon over cooked will cool as a nice glaze..but if you prefer, spoon over baked chicken and put back in oven for another 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Spice Rub

2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, zested

Rub blended spices all over raw chicken and continue cooking as normal.

this savory and spicy barbecue sauce simmered while I let my chicken bake

this raw chicken has been rubbed down with spices and ready to be baked

barbecue glazed and spice-rubbed chicken ready for the masses

Twice Baked Potatoes

These are delicious! While your chicken is cooking, throw some clean, dry potatoes...I bake them at 350 for about an hour. When cooled, slice them in half, scoop out the insides and mix the following:

cooked potato flesh
8 slices bacon
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
8 green onions, sliced, divided

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet...cook until brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
To the potato flesh add sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 the green onions. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.
Bake for another 15 minutes.

these twice baked potatoes are packed with flavor!

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