Just because you’re a truck driver doesn’t mean you have to forego the greatest summer activity ever created. Get yourself a portable grill and try out this juicy, spicy, wonderfully sticky barbecued chicken recipe today!
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, brown sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, chili powder and black pepper. Sprinkle and pat mixture evenly on both sides of chicken thighs. Chill, covered, for 30 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, combine ketchup, maple syrup, molasses, chipotle peppers, Worcestershire sauce and the remaining 1 teaspoon dry mustard and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
- Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
- Arrange chicken on a lightly oiled grill rack, cover grill, and cook 4 minutes. Flip and cook 4 minutes more.
- Stir lime juice into sauce.
- Brush chicken with some of the sauce, flip and cook 1 minute. Brush sauce on the second side, flip and cook 1 minute more, or until done.
- Remove from grill; let rest 5 minutes.
- Premix your dry ingredients at home so that you don’t have to deal with all the spice jars in the truck.
- Make the sauce at home too before you leave. Refrigerated in an airtight container, the sauce will last a week or more. Just don’t add the lime juice until right before you use it.
- This meal freezes well, so you could make the whole thing at home and just warm it up on the road.