BBQ Chicken Marinade

Chipotle garlic bbq chicken marinade adds bold flavors to your soon-to-be smoked or grilled poultry. And with all that taste comes a good dash of heat...Can You Handle It?

The most prominent ingredient of this spicy chicken marinade recipe is chipotle pepper powder. Chipotle peppers are red-ripe jalapenos that have been smoke-dried. They add a very nice smokiness, along with heat and jalapeno flavor, to any dish they season.

Chipotle Garlic Chicken Marinade

Use this marinade on chicken headed for the grill or the smoker. Works equally well on pieces and whole chickens.

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon chipotle pepper powder
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Combine OJ, vinegar, garlic and the three different peppers, mixing well. Whisk in oil, adding slowly while whisking vigorously so the concoction emulsifies. Combine marinade with chicken in a non-reactive container.

Refrigerate the marinating chicken 2 to 4 hours if preparing legs, thighs, breasts or wings, and 4 hours to overnight for marinated half or whole chickens. Turn occassionally as it soaks in the bbq chicken marinade so all surfaces are equally flavored. Discard the marinade after use.

Grill or smoke at 300-325 degrees, using indirect heat. To add smoke flavor, mesquite wood is a good choice with this recipe. It's flavor complements the chipotle and garlic flavors nicely.

Figure on individual pieces taking from 1 to 2 hours to cook. Whole or half chickens will require from 2 to 3 hours.

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