Friday, June 25, 2010

BBQ Chicken and Macaroni & Cheese

I was craving barbecue. I was sifting through one of my now favorite blogs, Deep South Dish. I found a recipe for BBQ chicken on it. I looked for a recipe for a copycat of my favorite BBQ sauce at my FAVORITE BBQ restaurant, Rudy's BBQ (the "sauSe"). I ran to the kitchen and made BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, and green beans. I took photos. I prayed for my meal. I ate the meal heartily. I thanked God again for the ability to make such a wonderful meal. The End.

I hope you make this meal soon. It would be even better on the grill, but if you don't feel like using it like me, then make it in the oven. Just be sure to line your jelly roll pan with foil for easy cleanup!

BBQ Chicken
adapted from Deep South Dish

Brine for a moist, flavorful chicken:
2 lbs drumsticks (about 6), with or without skin based on your preferences
2 Tbsp of kosher salt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Fill a large pot or container with enough water to cover the chicken well. Whisk the salt into the water until dissolved; whisk in the vinegar. Add the chicken, and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

Dry Rub Marinade for added flavor, spice and a kick!:
2 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp freshly-cracked pepper
1 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp celery seed (didn't have)
2 tsp of Cajun seasoning, or to taste
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Remove the chicken from the brine, and drain well. Discard the brine. Pat the chicken pieces dry, laying out on a platter or baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. Combine the dry rub ingredients and rub the chicken well with the dry rub, cover loosely, and refrigerate one to several hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the rubbed chicken pieces on a rack on a foil-lined large baking sheet. Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes. [Use your tongs for this!] Turn the chicken over after 25-30 minutes. After 40-50 minutes, add the BBQ sauce on both sides with a brush or via a squeeze bottle. If you're a sauce lover like me, add more sauce once they are done.

For instructions on how to grill the chicken, go to the source.

Copycat Recipe of Rudy's BBQ Sause (with an "s")

from Beth's Favorite Recipes who adapted it from Chaos in the Kitchen

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Simmer until slightly reduced.Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Quick Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 lb macaroni shells
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp regular flour
2 cups WARM milk
2 tsp mustard or dry mustard
kosher salt to taste
pepper to taste
1-2 cups of cheese that melts, to taste (I used regular American cheese because that was all I had)

Cook pasta according to instructions (al dente). Make a roux by melting the butter in a separate saucepan and then adding the flour. Cook the roux for about 3 minutes, and stir frequently. Add the WARM milk 1/4 of a cup at a time at the beginning. Stir between each addition. Once you can no longer see the bottoom of the saucepan, add more milk in generous portions until you use it all. Add the mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cheese until it tastes cheesy enough for your tastes. Turn off the heat.

Immediately, add in the al dente pasta, and then stir well. Once pasta is well-coated, you're done.


  1. Que buena receta, se ve maravillosa. Saludos

  2. Mmmmm... bbq chicken and mac and cheese... does it get any better than that? And your comments about the hints of blue and green are seriously cracking me up. I can so relate! Looking forward to trying these out!

  3. My son would love to see this at dinner time. Two of his faves are bbq chicken and homemade mac and cheese.

  4. now isn't that the perfect comfort food meal!! and thanks so much for your BBQ sauce recipe!

  5. Hey, where's my yellow cake post? You know your friend's grandma's secret recipe? I'm waaaaaaaiting...........

    Happy Friday!

  6. YUM!!! Rudy's is our all-time favorite place to get BBQ!! Their sauce is perfection!! Thanks for posting the copycat recipe- my hubby has been wanting to find a recipe that tastes like theirs for years now!!! Your BBQ looks amazing, girl!!

  7. Mmmmm...this looks good! I love the shell pasta! That's my favorite. I've never made homemade mac & cheese...I may have to soon thanks to your post!

  8. What a surprise to come to your blog and see one of my favorite meals photographed so tantalizingly! Girl, you must have put your foot in it this time because my mouth is watering, and I am all of a sudden dying to wrap my lips around some BBQ and mac and cheese. Your kitchen is a long way from my home, but I'm coming to see you anyway--the drive is soooooooooooooo worth it! See you soon :o)

  9. YUM! Looks great - can't be BBQ & mac n cheese.

  10. mmm, Rudy's BBQ is the best. We always have their sause on hand. so peppery!

  11. Thanks for the shout out to my chicken!! So glad that you enjoyed it - your plate looks gorgeous.


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