For the record, I am currently using commercial seasonings and barbecue sauces but making my own is what I really want to do. My plan is to cook using the bottled, pre-made sauces so that I can get an idea of what qualities I want or like in a sauce. Then I can start experimenting. Besides, they are delicious!!
I started by slicing thick chicken breasts into thinner filets and trimming all the yucky parts. That part about preparing food has always grossed me out but I am trying to just get over it. I put all the pieces into a zippable plastic bag with maybe a half bottle of barbecue sauce. I put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
I grabbed the yellow and green squash (in season in NJ right now, so farm-fresh) and after washing them I sliced them down the entire length into thinnish slices. I sprinkled a little kosher salt on them before bringing them out to the grill.
I brushed the length with olive oil and put them on a hot grill. I flipped a few times (using tongs) and kept thicker slices on a bit longer. Some of the thinner slices lost some seeds to the cause when sticking to the grill. The reason I flipped a few times was because after grilling both sides I realized that the 2nd side was dome more to my liking, so back on they went.
|I ended up letting get way more grilled than this, but you can see how I sliced them.|
When the veggies were done, the chicken went on. I put them on the grill and turned the heat on all 3 burners to 3/4. I have to be honest, I don't time my meat. I am not sure why, since I always use a timer when I am cooking in the oven. I just look at it after a few minutes and see if I can turn it over easily. If not, then I let it sit a few minutes longer so I don't lose half my chicken to the grill grates.
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After the chicken was finished we all trouped inside to eat our meal. The complete meal was: grilled chicken with barbecue sauce, grilled summer squash and crunchy coleslaw salad. This recipe is courtesy of my Aunt Cathy and I think it is insanely delicious and summery. It was so good. I know it was my own food an all, but wow...the chicken was moist and flavorful, the squash's natural sweetness was brought out by the grill and the crunchy coleslaw was a perfect accompaniment.
When I have time later I will post the crunchy coleslaw recipe...it will be the hit of your next summer get together!