Barbecued Pulled Chicken

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Well, I found my blogging britches...sort of.  But they are in dire need of some cleaning and repairs.  Actually, I could use a fresh new pair for a new look, but I'll have to make do for now.  One would think with summer vacation underway, I would have more time to blog.  Not!  Twice this week I had intentions to write this post, but instead I was busy with, "Mom, what are we going to do today?" and "Mom, can we paint my room?" and "Mom, we need new clothes" and "Mom, can we brush the dogs' teeth?"(--say what? Yeah, we have two dogs).  Not to mention driving to and from friends' houses and soccer practice (yep, still going) around a town where it seems that every other street is either blocked or closed due to construction and a weekend festival going on (grrr--sorry for the venting)!  And it probably didn't help that any free time that I did have it was spent with my nose in a book-- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a twisted good read.

Anyway, here I am sharing a recipe because I need to, I want to, and because it is really darn good!  You know that I am a big fan of smoked meats.  But sometimes that whole process of smoking can be quite labor intensive (which is why I usually make it in large batches and freeze it).  However, this recipe is not.  Tender, dark chicken leg quarter meat is smoked with wood chunks instead of logs.  The whole cooking process takes about an hour, unlike the 9 to 11 hours that other smoked meats can take.  Bonus for a weeknight dinner or when you just want to enjoy all the outdoor weekend festivities.  Pile up the finished product on some good homemade or bakery buns and serve with some creamy coleslaw, a few chips or even some sweet summer corn-on-the-cob.  This is a meal fit for a king-- the king of the house for Father's Day that is!

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