1 Delicious Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken for United States Independence

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1 Delicious Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken for United States Independence.
Craving a tastebud adventure? Look no further than Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken! This recipe combines sweet and smoky flavors for an unforgettable experience. Tangy cherry cola transforms into a sticky-sweet glaze, coating juicy chicken pieces in a flavor explosion. Each bite offers a perfect blend of sweet, smoky, and savory, making it a guaranteed hit at your next barbecue.

1 Delicious Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken for United States Independence

Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 50 mins Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 8 Calories: 268

Description

1 Delicious Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken for United States Independence.
Love the smoky goodness of classic grilled chicken? This recipe takes it up a notch with Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken. The secret lies in the unique sauce—a tangy cherry cola reduction that transforms into a sticky-sweet glaze. This glaze isn't just delicious, it gives the chicken a beautiful mahogany color and a complex flavor profile that perfectly blends sweet, smoky, and savory notes.

Forget the usual brown sugar or molasses in your barbecue sauce. Cherry cola brings a delightful twist! Its natural sweetness is balanced by a touch of tang, adding depth to the sauce. As the cola simmers, it thickens into a luscious glaze that clings beautifully to the chicken. But the cherry cola offers more than just sweetness. It adds a subtle cherry flavor that complements the smokiness of the grill for a truly unexpected and incredibly delicious combination.

While cherry cola is the star, it's not alone. Classic barbecue staples like soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a touch of Dijon mustard add complexity and ensure the glaze isn't one-dimensional. A sprinkle of brown sugar provides caramelized richness, and a pinch of cayenne pepper balances the sweetness with a subtle kick.

Bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces are ideal for this recipe. The bones add flavor during cooking, while the skin renders fat and creates a crispy exterior when grilled. Before hitting the grill, the chicken gets a flavor boost with a simple spice rub. Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt create a savory seasoning that perfectly complements the sweet and tangy glaze.

Grilling plays a vital role in achieving the perfect barbecue flavor. We'll use a two-zone method. First, the chicken will be seared skin-side down over direct heat for a beautiful char and crispy skin. Then, it will be moved to the indirect heat zone to cook gently without drying out.

The magic happens as the chicken cooks. Throughout the process, we'll baste the chicken generously with the prepared cherry cola glaze. This not only adds flavor but also helps the skin crisp up beautifully. With each baste, the glaze thickens and caramelizes, creating a sticky, luxurious coating on the chicken.

Once cooked through and glistening with the sticky-sweet cherry cola glaze, the chicken is ready to be served. Each bite is a revelation—smoky char from the grill, juicy and tender chicken, and an explosion of sweet and tangy flavors from the glaze. This recipe is perfect for backyard barbecues, potlucks, or a casual weeknight dinner, offering a unique flavor combination with an easy-to-follow process. So ditch the ordinary and embrace the unexpected—try Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken for your next grilling adventure!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine cola, chili sauce, balsamic vinegar, and sugar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and reduces to about 3/4 cup.
  4. This will take about 15–20 minutes.
  5. Set the sauce aside for later.
  6. Prepare your grill for cooking with both direct and indirect heat set to medium.
  7. Combine garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  8. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over all sides of the chicken pieces.
  9. Place the chicken on the grill, skin side down, directly over the heat source.
  10. Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes, or until browned.
  11. Flip the chicken pieces, skin side up, and move them to the indirect heat section of the grill.
  12. Cover the grill and cook the chicken for an additional 25–30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C) and there is no pink near the bones.
  13. During the last 15-20 minutes of cooking, generously brush the chicken with the reserved sauce several times.
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