Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken with Tzatziki sauce

Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken

 

Some of the snow has actually melted in my backyard. We still have about 3-4 feet in places.Ugh. Its just never ending with potentially more snow coming on Saturday. Oh my goodness. It just needs to stop.

I walked by a gorgeous pile of lemons at the market and I just had to make something lemony. 

I love whole chicken smoked and stuffed with aromatics. This recipe will perk up your taste buds and bring a little bit of sunshine into your day. Even if you still can’t see your lawn under all that snow.  I love the leftovers for this as well. I purposely made 2 whole chickens just so I could have shredded chicken, lettuce and tzatziki wraps the next day.

 

Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 Whole Chickens 3-4lbs each
  • 2 lemons zested then quartered
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Greek oregano
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rubbed thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

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In a medium bowl whisk oil, lemon juice, zest, oregano, thyme, parsley, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper. On a baking tray coat the chicken in the marinade and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prepare you grill for medium heat indirect. (300F)

Place quarters of lemons into the cavity of the chickens then place on grill indirect.

Grill indirect until the internal temperature of the thigh and leg meat is 180 and the breast 165F approximately 2 hours.

I used hickory pellets in my Traeger for this chicken.

Rest tented lightly for 10 minutes prior to carving.

Serve with tzatziki sauce, grilled pita bread and salad.  I bought my Tzatziki sauce the day I made this but the following is my go to recipe for the homemade version.

 Tzatziki Sauce 

  • 2 cups whole fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 large English cucumber seeded, peeled and very finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • generously salt & pepper to taste

In a medium sized bowl mix all ingredients. Taste test then add salt and pepper. Set aside in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or even overnight.

Luscious & Lemony Greek smoked Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Montreal Steak Spice Video

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Southern Krunk Grilled Lime Margarita- perfectly paired for viewing BBQ Crawl Season 2

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One of the funnest moments this year was hanging out with my friends from Southern Krunk. Randy & Andy are great guys who know how to grill and BBQ incredibly well. They are also kings of libations!! Here is their recipe for the best ever margaritas. I only added the grilled limes. They mastered this recipe.

Diva Q Nashville, Diva Q Competes, Randy Andy

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • Cointreau
  • 4 limes sliced
  • Kosher salt mixed with zest of lime.

 

Make simple syrup. In a medium sauce pan bring water and sugar together to a boil. Remove from heat once sugar has dissolved thoroughly and chill.

Add 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice to chilled simple syrup.

Mix 2 cups lemon juice/simple syrup mixture to 1 cup Julio Blaco Tequila. Add in 1/2 cup Cointreau. Set aside to chill in fridge.

Prepare your grill for medium high direct heat.  Grill limes for 2-3 minutes until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and set aside.

Rim cups with a slice of grilled lime then salt.

Shake over ice and pour into cups.

Add an additional squeeze of grilled lime. Shake and enjoy

Serves 4

 

Remember to cocktail responsibly.

 

 

New!! Sneak peek BBQ Crawl Season 2 Episode 1 Nashville!

We headed to Jack’s BBQ and Peg Leg Porker in Nashville plus competing in downtown Nashville with Southern Krunk !!

Warning: This will make you HUNGRY!!!

How to make Chicken Lollipops – You tube video

Sweet N Sassy always awesome Chicken Lollipops

How to make Pig Candy – + New Youtube Channel!!

New video! So excited to share this with everyone. I ♥ Bacon!! Bacon pig candy is just all sorts of awesome. SO much fun. Make sure you subscribe to the channel We have so much more to come. .

Grill to Perfection Chris Hart Andy Husbands with Andrea Pyenson Ken Goodman Photography

Diva Q Grill to Perfection

 

 

Andy Husbands and Chris Hart with Andrea Pyenson are back at it again with Grilled to Perfection. This is a simple straightforward grilling book. What is not simple are the recipes. They have included recipes to really elevate your backyard experience. I am a huge fan of these guys. I like their books because they truly actually test food. They obsess over food.  I own their other books Wicked Good Barbecue and Wicked Good Burgers.  I have used multiples of their recipes. In addition their techniques can really set you on a great course of grilling happiness.

There are a lot of grilling and BBQ books out there. The difference that sets these guys aside is their true love of food. Their involvement with the ingredients and their BBQ passion.

I read cookbooks like novels. I read them cover to cover before I will try recipes. This is easy on the eyes due to the excellent and consistently outstanding photography of Ken Goodman. I hate overly staged food shots. I can’t stand it when the food looks so perfect its plastic. That is about as appealing as eating cardboard to me. The photography from Ken truly captures food in its best light.  It is not overly staged. You just want to devour the pages with your eyes and feast on these beautiful recipes.

These recipes are easy to follow and will help you seriously take your grilling to new heights. I completely recommend you buy this book.

You need to try the recipe below for Slow-Grilled Chicken Thighs with Alabama White Sauce – it will knock your socks off.

 

 

Diva Q Grill to perfection

 

Slow-Grilled Chicken Thighs with Alabama White Sauce

The beauty of this recipe is crispy, golden brown skin, achieved by coating the chicken pieces with dry rub before grilling – and a little bit of technique. By cooking the chicken over low, direct heat you vastly reduce the risk of burning the skin. When using charcoal, it’s important to watch out for hot spots. If they occur, simply move the chicken to a cooler part of the grill.

Alabama White Sauce (aka Alabama White BBQ Sauce or just plain White BBQ Sauce) is a regional oddity that is virtually unknown outside of northern Alabama. Tangy and rich, with a kick of horseradish, it is typically paired with chicken but tastes great with just about anything you can think to pour it on or dip in it. We think it works particularly well with these chicken thighs.

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients
1 tablespoon/15 mL kosher salt
1 tablespoon/ 15 mL turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon/15 mL smoked or sweet paprika
2 teaspoons/10 mL coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, about 4 ounces/113g each
Alabama White Sauce (recipe follows)

Cooking Instructions
In a small bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Set aside.

Build a low direct fire. Spread an even layer of unlit charcoal in the bottom of the grill. Fill a chimney one-third full with charcoal. Stuff two sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the chimney and light it. When the coals are fully engaged – you should see flames peeking over the top – pour them over the unlit charcoal. If using a gas grill, light the gas and adjust temperature on both sides to low.

While the fire is coming to temperature, place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet, skin side up. Sprinkle the chicken with half of the dry rub.

When you can hold your hands over the fire for no more than 8-10 seconds, clean the grill grate. Set the chicken thighs, skin side down, on the grates. Sprinkle the remainder of the dry rub on the chicken. Cook, covered, for 30-40 minutes, checking periodically to avoid excessive charring on the skin. Rotate thighs over the fire if there are hot spots. If using a charcoal grill, adjust the vents to maintain a temperature of 300oF/149oC.

Flip chicken and continue to cook until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 170oF/77oC, about 15-20 minutes more. Transfer chicken to a platter and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slather with Alabama White Sauce and serve.

Alabama White Sauce

Makes 2 cups/475 mL

Ingredients
1 cup/240 mL mayonnaise (we prefer Kewpie)
1/2 cup/120 mL apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup/60 mL light corn syrup
1 tablespoon/15 mL prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon/15 mL fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)

Cooking Instructions
Whisk all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until fully incorporated. Cover and set aside until ready to use; or transfer to an air-tight jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

 

Full disclaimer: I was provided a book to review for free – however in no way was I compensated or provided any remuneration for this blog post.  I truly think you need to own this book.

Bacon Wrapped Double Hot Dog – From my kids :-)

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Filled Grilled Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Kids BBQ,

My two youngest kids entered their very first Kids Q contest last year. It was at Roc City Ribfest. This contest has it all – a World Bacon Championship, a KCBS contest, A Charity Rib Contest and a Kids Q Contest. It is one of my favorite contests and I never miss it.

I think anyone who does Competition BBQ gets a anxious at awards. All that hard focused work and waiting to hear your name called. However I have never ever been so nervous and on the edge of my seat as I have been waiting to see how our kids did. Glad to say they came in 3rd and they and all of us were so proud.

Award Winning Kids Q

They asked over the March Break if they could do a guest blog post … so here it is. With a couple of videos…

This is Ella & Gabe’s recipe for Bacon Wrapped Double Dogs.  They look forward to seeing your comments.

We started making the video with both of them…. ummm well lets say Gabe Tapped out after his funnybone took over.

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Double Dogs

Serves 6 o3 Super hungry people who each two each.

  • 12 all beef wieners
  • 18 pieces of thinly cut bacon
  • 6 slices of cheddar (length and width of open sliced wiener  and 1/8″ thick)
  • 6 hot dog buns toasted

Slice the wieners in half lengthwise careful not to cut all the way through. They should open like a book.

Open one of the sliced wieners and top with a slice of cheddar and additional wiener.

Wrap tightly with 1 to 1 1/2 slices of bacon.

Grill indirect at 275F for 15 minutes then flip to opposite side. Grill an additional 15 minutes. You may want to grill direct in the last couple of minutes or until the bacon is crispy and done to your liking. Serve them on a toasted hot dog bun.

Add condiments (Ella eats it with Ketchup- Gabe likes mustard & ketchup) and serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Youtube Channel + New Trailer for BBQ Crawl Season 2

Well it was time for me to create a brand new Youtube Channel. Very excited to share it with you all. I am planning on lots of content uploads this year with how to videos, goofy vids I shoot on my BBQ adventure and so much more.
Please make sure to subscribe and check out this brand new Trailer for Season 2 of BBQ Crawl that will premiere April 1 on the Travel & Escape Channel

BBQ Crawl Season 2 – Promo trailer! Starts April 1st on Travel & Escape in Canada

Here is the new Promotional Trailer for Season 2 BBQ Crawl! So much fun!
It all starts April 1 on Travel & Escape in Canada.

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