Monday, April 21, 2014

BBQ Apartment Chicken -- When the BBQ Craving Hits and You Can't Own a Grill


Guess what. In most urban apartment complexes, charcoal grills are not allowed. Nor are smokers.

That's right: I'm in Texas, the LAND OF BBQ and I am denied my own BBQ setup.

It's really quite a tragedy.

There's a communal one in the pool area, but then you must brave the hoards of little children to get to it. Or wait in line while someone else grills up burgers. I'm also pretty sure you have to supply your own charcoal and I don't think either of us is really into having to clean up after ourselves or clean out the leftovers from someone else.


And since I can't quite afford to go out for deeeelicious BBQ (maybe at Salt Lick, or Rudy's, or someday even Franklin's) every single night, I had to come up with a backup plan. Apparently a standing George Foreman electric grill is okay, but I haven't gotten quite that desperate yet.

So, friends, I give you this gift: BBQ Apartment Chicken. For those other poor souls who must make do with stovetops in lieu of a grill of their own. And if you're still in college and happen to have a forgiving fire alarm, perhaps you could even get away with making this in the common room of your dorm (be sure to thank me when the single males come to investigate the tantalizing smell though, okay?).

Feel free to sub store-bought BBQ for this homemade version, and I encourage you to experiment with other flavors you may just have hanging out in your pantry to really jazz this up.


For me, the key was extra dark vanilla brown sugar and a bit of a heavy-handed pour of homemade hot sauce. I also put just a few extra splashes of cider vinegar and orange extract. The result was a tangy, slightly fruity, spicy sauce that was just perfect. Because a BBQ craving does not always hit when one is well stocked with BBQ sauces.

I paired it with some browned butter green beans--I would have added bacon bits if I'd had them--and a quick carrot slaw using the Grimmway Farms carrots I got in the mail for the upcoming Brunch Week party. All in all, a pretty successful endeavor.



Quells a BBQ craving, if nothing else.


Easy Apartment BBQ Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken tenders or breasts
  • BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 heaping tbs brown sugar
  • 4 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs hot sauce (I used homemade
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

-Mix together all sauce ingredients. Toss chicken with 1/4 of the BBQ mixture, and let sit in fridge for about 10 minutes.

-Heat a skillet or grill pan to high heat. Cook chicken in batches of 4 pieces, and cook until slightly charred on both sides (about 5 minutes per side).

-Serve with more BBQ sauce poured on top.

5 comments:

  1. oooooh! this is so creative-I am impressed at your homemade BBQ sauce!

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    1. Thanks! But I think it'll be REALLY impressive once I figure out how to avoid a ketchup base...

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  2. Yum!!! I just found you via Pinterest and I'm obsessed. This BBQ sauce needs to happen stat!! xx

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  3. Ok, I did not expect this. This is so great and inventive, congratulations!
    And yeah, you just made me want a BBQ :)

    Eugen @ The Munch Ado Blog

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