Butterflied Whole Chicken with BBQ Sauce

PhotobucketI have a guilty pleasure confession.  One of my favorite shows at the moment is Worst Cooks in America.  You see, I watch this show with a bit of arrogance because I used to be one of the America’s worst cooks.  Iron Chef Allan would agree.

While watching each episode, I cringe while they chop.  I sneer as they slice.  “Someone is going to lose a finger!”

Over the years, I’ve learned to become better in the kitchen out of necessity so my family wouldn’t starve to death.  During my culinary adventures in the kitchen, I’ve learned that cooking isn’t difficult and making foods from scratch isn’t scary.  Most importantly, I’ve learned how important it is to read a recipe in its entirety before cooking.

Apparently, the contestants on Worst Cooks in America haven’t learned that yet.

Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay are the hosts of the show and we are big Bobby Flay Boy Meets Grill fans.  In one episode, the contestants were expected to butterfly a whole chicken by removing its backbone.  Not a complimented process, but you would never have known it watching the worst cooks.  Watching the episode prompted Iron Chef Allan to perform a spinectomy on a poor defenseless whole chicken.

Bobby Flay demonstrates the steps to butterflying a whole chicken in this video.

Iron Chef Allan followed Bobby Flay’s instructions for butterflying and then grilled two whole chickens.  (You can even cut the backbone out by using a pair of kitchen sheers, an Anne Burrel method.) He made his own BBQ using the Joy of Cooking recipe.  When combining the ingredients, he used my own chili powder and also added natural ketchup (the kind without corn syrup) to the mixture.

When grilling the chicken, Iron Chef Allan grilled one side for 20 minutes and then basted it and smothered it with BBQ sauce after he flipped it.

The beauty of cooking a butterflied whole chicken this way is that the chicken grills more evenly.  Iron Chef Allan also tried this method with my Mojo Marinade and the results are truly delicious.  So, don’t be scare to slice a spine out of a chicken.  Give it a go next time you grill!

As for the BBQ sauce, I realize I’m opening a can of worms between the whole north-south North Carolina BBQ sauce vs. Mephis debate.  I don’t know anything about that. We were just craving a simple BBQ sauce and this one is works for us.

(I apologize in advance for the come-hither chicken food porn.)

BBQ Sauce
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American Barbecue
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Serves: 16
Recipe borrowed from the Joy of Cooking. A sweet-savory BBQ with just the right heat.
  • 1 ½ cups Heinz Simply Heinz Ketchup
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dry mustard
  • ¼ chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSp vegetable oil
  • 3 lemon slices
  1. Combine ingredients in a 1-quart saucepan. Simmer for five minutes, stirring often.
  2. Remove the lemon slices, if desired. The sauce will keep covered and refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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  1. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch) says:

    I admit to watching Worst Cooks too. I can’t get over what I’ve learned over the years too. The difficulty of cooking is mostly a mental obstacle. I shared info about an important blogging event that I hope you will participate in… check it out.

  2. beka @ Rebecca Roams says:

    I love watching that show! It makes me giggle. But I have caught myself doing something wrong from their mistakes too! My mom made a homemade bbq sauce when I was home this past weekend. It was delicious!

  3. artsnark says:

    looks like a fun show. I roasted a spatchcocked chicken (stuffed under the skin with goat cheese,garlic & herbs) last night. It really is super easy & cooks so much faster

  4. Adelina Priddis says:

    I haven’t watched worst cooks yet, but I’ve wanted to. Maybe one of these days I’ll fit the time in for it. I admit though, butterflying a whole chicken scares me – I’m more of a boneless skinless chicken breast girl. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday.

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