These Slow-Grilled Chicken Thighs are grilled to perfection then topped with Alabama White Sauce.
Nothing beats slow grilled chicken thighs with Alabama white sauce. It’s one of my favourite chicken recipes to make when we have company over for dinner.
The slow cooking keeps the inside of the chicken moist. Once it’s grilled to perfection you can top it with Alabama White Sauce. You are going to love this one.
This recipe is from the cookbook, Grill to Perfection. I was sent a copy from the author and loved the cookbook to bits!
To be transparent, I did have some trouble with this recipe the first time I made it. The chicken burned to a crisp, which is a rarity for me but it happens to the best of us.
The grill was clearly too hot the first time I tried this and cooking chicken over direct heat can be tricky.
Generally speaking, I hate cooking chicken over direct heat if it has skin on it.
I may pop it over direct heat initially, then I’ll move it over to indirect to let it cook. However I love trying new techniques and recipes.
On the second round things went much better.
I loved the flavour of this recipe. The taste is spot on. It has some kick, but we love that here.
I could not try the white sauce personally, I’m allergic to mayo. Hubs tried it though and gave it the green light. He’s a mayo fan.
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- Grilled Smashed Potatoes
- Spicy Cauliflower Steaks
- Grilled Mexican Street Corn
- Rib Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce
- Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries
- Asparagus with Brown Butter and Shallots
- Grilled Chicken Fajita Foil Packs
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Slow-Grilled Chicken Thighs with Alabama White Sauce
For the Chicken:
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground pepper recipe calls for black, I used white
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 32 oz bone-in chicken thighs (about 8 chicken thighs)
For the Alabama White Sauce:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce or your favourite hot sauce
- In a small bowl combine all the spices and sugar together listed for the thighs. Make sure it's well combined.
- Build a low direct fire, you want the temperature as low as possible.
- Place the chicken thighs on a cookie sheet and use 1/2 the rub to season them.
- Make sure your grill grate is clean before popping the chicken on it. The grill is ready when you can only hold your hand over the fire for about 8 to 10 seconds.
- Place the chicken on the grill, skin side down. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 of the rub on the chicken. Cook covered for about 30 to 40 minutes. If you have hot spots you want to move the chicken around. Try to maintain a temperature of no more than 300 degrees F.
- Flip the chicken and continue to cook until a meat thermometer inserted reads 170 degrees F, this should take about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Transfer the chicken to a platter and let rest for about 10 minutes.
- A little tip for grilling these, if you are using a gas grill it's harder to get the temperature low and steady. I turned off the burners on one side of my grill and if I found the chicken starting to flare up I moved the pieces over to indirect heat for a few minutes. I also think your cooking time will end up being about half if you can't get the grill temperature low enough. Chicken burns super fast so keep a steady and constant eye on it.
For the Alabama White Sauce:
- Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. Cover and set aside until needed. Can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Putting it all together:
- Assemble chicken on a platter to serve.
- Pour white sauce in a dish with a pouring spout.
- Serve with a big old chicken loving smile!
Chicken burns really quickly. I actually had to make this twice, and I'm pretty adept on my grill. Any time you have chicken skin on the grill it gets dicey. The skin has a lot of fat and can cause flare ups which will end up charring your skin. I suggest making sure your temperature is low and that you are ready to move pieces around when needed. I kept one side of my grill on indirect heat the second time I made these. If I saw flare ups I moved the chicken over to indirect heat until I could place it on direct again. Chicken can go from perfection to charred beyond recognition quickly so keep a close eye on this while cooking. Do not wander off.
Now be confident and get your grill on!
We love dark meat in our house and those thighs look amazing!
Thanks Brenda. We’re the same mostly, except hubs. He’s just plain weird and likes white meat. Total rebel.
Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled says
YUM, I can’t until it warms up a little so we can start grilling, I can’t wait to try your recipe it looks delicious! 🙂
Thanks Jenn. It’s really good.
Amy @Very Culinary says
Slow cooked meat is just the best…and on the grill? Even better. That’s how I make my baby back ribs. This chicken sounds awesome! And that sauce? Oh. My. God.
Love baby back ribs. So good right. Thanks Amy. xx
Steaks are the best on a charcoal grill! Yum 🙂
I love that rub and chicken thighs is my go to quick and easy weeknight dinner! I can see taking this and just roasting it in the oven on high to get that crispy skin!
That would be perfect. Now I want chicken. Damn you Susan, it’s 3:30 am.
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
Looks fabulous, Kim! I’ve been so eager to use my grill since the weather passed 50 degrees that I’ve been out there every night- rain or shine!
I have mine out year round. I keep a snow shovel on my deck. Total die hard. Lol.
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
I love grilling my veggies (they taste best on the grill!)
They really do.
Ginny McMeans says
Let the grilling games begin! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂
I concur. You are most welcome.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Man oh man does that look good! I normally don’t do well with grilling BUT my husband and my dad do! I am going to give this recipe to them and demand that they make it haha. This would be great with grilled corn!
I hope they do. With corn. It’s a match made in heaven.
OK. So I’m vegan so I’m sure you can imagine I wouldn’t even think about this recipe. But, believe it or not, those spices and the Alabama Sauce could be veganized and prepared over tofu. It would be delish! I just thought you might want to know how your recipe can inspire all different kinds of people!
I went out to a meal with a friend who was and forgot and offered her bacon. I can be dumb like that. Never intentional but it happens. My daughter was a vegetarian till she was a teen. So I still occasionally cook that way. Her bestie is vegan so I like to keep options in my back pocket. And thanks for that Marly. It was so super sweet of you. I like that people can always adapt if they just get creative.
Courtney @ Neighborfood says
Why have I never heard of Alabama White Sauce before? That sounds and looks incredible! I love the picture of the spoons too. So pretty.
I know right. You better make some stat woman. And use cute spoons. They make everything better. No lie. xx
Paula - bell'alimento says
How have I never heard of Alabama white sauce. This looks aca-awesome!
Ha, I’m dying. Totally dying.
I would have to say a really good steak on the grill is my favorite thing.
Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines says
Oh, I want that cookbook! You may have had a mishap with your first batch of chicken, but those up there are perfect and look so, so delicious! My favorite thing to grill … ribs, big, juicy racks of pork ribs.
Thanks Christiane. I was determined.
We love hamburgers.
Maggie Wallace says
I love grilling pizza and veggies!
I’m not usually a fan of chicken thighs, but I want to give those a try! Thanks for the recommendation on the cookbook.
I love them, so much flavour because of the bone. Boneless skinless just doesn’t get that flavour in it.
Love grilling chicken thighs and this recipe will be on the grill this weekend!! I am up for anything on the grill, but especially love grilled veggies, fruits and seafood. Would love to expand my skills with that cookbook. Thanks for the chance. Enjoy your blog!
I love all the same things as you. Grilling is such an adventure. The options are limitless.
Dionne Baldwin says
Your chicken looks beautiful! I just want to stare at it and hope that someone will make it for me. I need to work on my grilling. That is not a superpower that I was born with. The book sounds like something I should read and not just grill from!
Ha, laughing too hard right now. I’m wearing a cape while I grill tomorrow. xx
Nutmeg Nanny says
These chicken thighs look amazing! Love all that spicy flavor.
Thanks Brandy. I have such a weakness for bone-in thighs. So moist and yummy.
I LOVE grilling !!! I bought my husband a grill for Father’s Day 4 yrs ago, and he never has used it because I don’t let him!! LOL!!! I cam upon your website by accident last summer, and I have learned a lot !1 This chicken looks amazing! I will definitely try it this weekend!! 🙂
That makes me so happy that you dig the site. I’m back posting regularly so keep your eyes peeled for tons of recipes.
Hope you love this one. If you ever have any suggestions for recipes or techniques you want to learn just holler. Happy to help.
Oh man, that white sauce looks so finger licking good! Making this sauce has been on my list since last summer and I am for sure going to tackle it this summer!
Good luck with it.
I love grilling pork chops – in fact we are having them tomorrow night.
That Alabama sauce sounds so good. I might be tempted to snick a little by the spoonful!
I can’t blame you. I would too.