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.
Other Kick Ass Grilling Recipes:
- Tomahawk Steak
- 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:
- 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!