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Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters

Rain or shine, you’ll be covered with this deliciously Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters recipe that you can do on your grill or in your oven if it’s raining this summer. These Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters are so juicy you will want to have several extra napkins ready.

One of the things about being in the state of Florida during this time of year, we never know what may crop up at dinner time. The Weatherman says, No rain? It’s probably going to rain ALL day. Today will be a perfect day for making Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters since they are baked in the oven.

 

Rain or shine you'll be covered with this deliciously Simple BBQ'd Chicken Leg Quarters recipe that you can do on your grill or in your oven if it's raining this summer. These Simple BBQ'd Chicken Leg Quarters are so juicy you will want to have several extra napkins ready. The Florida weather can be a bit bipolar. Memorial Day morning was gorgeous; the sun was shining; the birds were singing. Then I brought out the chicken leg quarters to grill at about 2:30 pm, and guess what? Rain, rain, and more rain. So, I decided I’m over the idea of grilling at this point; I’m going to do these chicken leg quarters in the oven and save what’s left of my sanity.

What’s the moral of the story? Always have a plan B for dinner just in case you all because you never know from one second to the next what our weather might be here in so-called Sunny Florida. So I have prepared two methods to cook these delicious chicken thighs below for you.

 

 

 

Tips for buying the best chicken:

  1. Try to purchase Fresh never frozen cuts of chicken, if at all possible.
  2. Look for the brands that are organic or at least all-natural- with minimal process and no antibiotics or chemicals added.
  3. Check the “sell-by” date. It’s usually a great practice to be in the habit of thoroughly checking the sell-by dates in case you will not be able to use or cook the chicken for a few days.
  4. Select chicken with a light pinkish hue. Don’t rely on that “sale-by” date alone.  Take note of the chicken’s coloring, which will give you some insight into the freshness of the package. No matter what cut of chicken that you are purchasing, look for the chicken that has a pink flesh tone. As the chicken starts to spoil, its coloring fades from pink to a light dull gray.
  5. Another great way way to check the quality of chicken is the packaging if the plastic wrap or packaging seems bloated with air skip that package and look for one tightly sealed and close to the chicken.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed:

  • 6 Chicken Leg Quarters (leg with attached thigh)
  • Garlic powder 
  • Seasoned salt, with no msg, 
  • Freshly ground black pepper,
  • Cooking spray
  • Favorite Brand or Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce

 

 

 

 

4.85 from 13 votes
Rain or shine you'll be covered with this deliciously Simple BBQ'd Chicken Leg Quarters recipe that you can do on your grill or in your oven if it's raining this summer. These Simple BBQ'd Chicken Leg Quarters are so juicy you will want to have several extra napkins ready.
Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Rain or shine you’ll be covered with this deliciously Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters recipe that you can do on your grill or in your oven if it’s raining this summer. These Simple BBQ’d Chicken Leg Quarters are so juicy you will want to have several extra napkins ready.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Sauce, chicken, Leg Quarters, Simple
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 6 chicken leg quarters
  • garlic powder to taste
  • seasoned salt with no msg to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • favorite sweet BBQ sauce
Instructions
Grill
  1. Prepare the outdoor grill for indirect grilling over medium heat; the internal grill temperature should read 350ºF. You must maintain this temperature the entire time the chicken is cooking.

  2. Season the chicken leg quarters on both sides with garlic powder, seasoned salt with no msg, and freshly ground pepper to your own taste.

  3. Before placing the grill grate in grill be sure to prepare the surface with cooking spray so that your chicken won’t stick to the metal.

  4. Place the chicken pieces on the grill over the direct-heat area and sear, turning once, for 2 minutes per side.

  5. Move the chicken pieces to an indirect-heat area, cover the grill, and cook for 45-50 minutes. If you will be using a charcoal grill, bank the lit charcoals on either side of the grill bed area, leaving an open portion in the center without heat, and place a drip pan in the center. If you will be using a gas grill, preheat the burners, then turn off 1 or more of the burners to create a cooler zone. (You must maintain this temperature the entire time)

  6. Note: Start brushing the chicken with the Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce about 20 minutes into the chicken cooking, turning and brushing the pieces every 5 minutes, for about 18 to 20 minutes longer. The chicken is ready when it is firm to the touch and the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife tip. (cook time is about 45-55 minutes or until eternal temperature reads 165°)

Oven
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  2. Season the chicken leg quarters on both sides with garlic powder, seasoned salt with no msg, and freshly ground pepper to your own taste.

  3. Prepare a large metal baking sheet with tin foil, and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  4. Place chicken leg quarters on the metal baking sheet that has been covered with tin foil.

  5. Place in 350ºF oven and bake undisturbed for 45-55 minutes.

  6. Brush chicken leg quarters evenly with Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce.

  7. Cook for about 10 more minutes or until the chicken is ready when it is firm to the touch and the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife tip.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rain or shine you'll be covered with this deliciously Simple BBQ'd Chicken Leg Quarters recipe that you can do on your grill or in your oven if it's raining this summer. These Simple BBQ'd Chicken Leg Quarters are so juicy you will want to have several extra napkins ready.

 

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Cassie
    July 9, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    The chicken easily took twice the recommended time to cook, even though my grill was at 350

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 10, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Good morning Cassie,
      A few questions for you. Because cooking this recipe for the double-time time recommended would yield a VERY dry rubbery chicken quarter.
      *Time recommended is 45-55 minutes at a constant 350-degree temperature*
      It should not take almost 2 hours to cook chicken at a constant temp of 350-degrees.

      1- Did you maintain an even 350-degree temp the entire time? That is very important.
      2- Were you using gas or charcoal?
      3- Have you checked the temperature gauge on your grill to make sure it is working properly?

  • Reply
    Rachel
    June 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    This was a great recipe and the entire family loved it. I will be making it again.

  • Reply
    Clyde Middleton
    June 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    You’re my hero. This BBQ direction is precisely what I searched for.

  • Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    May 27, 2015 at 5:35 am

    These were mouthwatering Heidy! I wish I had made more. Pinned to make again.

  • Reply
    tinywhitecottage
    May 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Great flexibility. I loved it. Nice recipe Heidy!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      May 26, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you, hey we ladies have to be prepared for all sorts of drama lol

  • Reply
    Sarah
    May 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Heidy,
    I had forgotten that you live in Florida as well. These were great.
    Thanks for including both the outdoor and indoor cooking methods.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Sarah

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      May 26, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      Hello, Sarah, yes I do live here in sunny Florida, and know all too well how it feels to be rained out lol

  • Reply
    Sarah's Attic of Treasures and Our Neck Of The Woods
    May 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and Our Neck Of The Woods and commented:
    Directions for the oven and grilling outside. Heidy is always prepared. Check this out.

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