Al’s Birthday!! Why not grill?!

My friend Al is one day older than I am.  For my birthday I received flowers from someone’s secret admirer (see the photo below) and we went out to Vito’s Pizzeria for a delicious meal with several bottles of wine.  The next day I asked Al if he wanted to come over for some grilled chicken for his birthday.  He said it sounded really good so Al’s birthday celebration began!

The next cookbook in line was Bon Appetit’s The Grilling Book.  The recipe tagged was for Dixie Chicken with cayenne spice rub.

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I had predicted in the summer when I had several soup recipes that in the middle of winter I would have a bunch of grilling recipes.  Well on this cold January day I had a grilling recipe.

brrrrr
brrrrr

The recipe made a note that the chicken was to be served on a platter with bread.  So I decided to make bread from scratch.

Here's my bread rising to prove I made it!
Here’s my bread rising to prove I made it!

Next I got to work on my spice rub.  I mixed salt, pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, cornstarch, onion powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder and lemon pepper.

spicy!
spicy!

I took 1/2 TB of the spice rub and mixed with butter and set it aside until later.

spicy butter!
spicy butter!

Then I took the rest of the rub and rubbed it onto 4 lbs of skin on, bone in chicken pieces.  I let the rubbed chicken sit at room temperature.

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After 2 hours I lit my grill (let me also note that at this time it was pouring rain outside…so I must really like Al to grill him chicken for his birthday in the pouring freezing rain)!  I sliced my bread and put half of the spicy butter onto it.

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I then grilled my chicken for 20 minutes, flipped for 15 more and flipped one final time for 5 minutes.

pretty ok photo considering it was dark and pouring rain!
pretty ok photo considering it was dark and pouring rain!

The chicken was removed from the grill, brushed with the remaining spicy butter and covered loosely with foil to rest.  The bread was then placed on the grill for 2 minutes each side.

The chicken was served with the bread on the same platter.

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At this point it would be time to eat but Al wanted to set up the table for a photo first.

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All set, now let’s take a photo.

Can you at least look a little amused Al?!
really?!  this is the photo we waited to eat for??

The Verdict:  Even with the weird set up before eating the chicken was YUM!  It was spicy and juicy.  I will bring this recipe out again in the summer for sure.  If you want to make it you can grab the recipe here.  I will say though that the bread seemed unnecessary so I  did not include it in the recipe.  We finished off the night by heading to Kildare House.  And for all those wondering about my birthday flowers you can see the phone below.

looks like a grade schooler wrote it, complete with a spelling mistake...florist fail! But the flowers themselves were pretty so thanks to someone's secret admirer!
looks like a grade schooler wrote it, complete with a spelling mistake…florist fail! But the flowers themselves were pretty so thanks someone’s secret admirer!