"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

"Bludgeoning hard times with a rolling pin"

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Excuse me, do you have chicken thighs?

Serving a budget-friendly meal is quite a challenge, so I was tickled plucky to spot chicken thighs on sale for 99 cents a pound.

Pushing the cart proudly through the store aisles, it dawned on me that chicken thighs aren’t in my meal repertoire. In fact, I’ve never made them; however something with BBQ in the name seemed like a good bet.

To make matters more experimental, ready-made BBQ sauce was avoided at the store in favor of something homemade.

Here is what we had for dinner that night. It was quite tasty. You should really try it!

(Can you even resist asking the butcher if he has chicken thighs?)

BBQ Chicken Thighs

3 pounds chicken thighs (about 8 pieces)
olive oil
salt and pepper
garlic powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place chicken on metal baking sheet (with sides) which has been drizzled with olive oil.
Remove chicken skins if you like.
Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder on the chicken.
Bake for 35 minutes.
While chicken is baking, prepare BBQ sauce (recipe below).
Top each piece of chicken with some homemade BBQ sauce.
Bake for another 20 minutes.
Test meat for doneness.

St. Louis inspired BBQ sauce (a little thinner than KC-style)

2 cups catsup
½ cup water
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
a squirt of prepared mustard
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients and simmer in a saucepan for about 15 minutes.

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