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BBQ Chicken - Need to Feed A Crowd

I'm looking for a good recipe for BBQ chicken. I'm up for doing breasts, whole chickens or really anything. Anyone have a good one that they can share? Thanks for your help.
Large BGE, DigiQ DX2


  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191

    First, how many people do you consider "a big crowd"?  I would get some small fresh chickens from my local butcher shop and have them cut them up.  I would brine them for at least six hours and cook them in groups - like all the wings, all the leg quarters or thghs and legs.  Those would be cooked indirect.  Then i would do all the breats direct and cooked to temperature.

  • 0oHUNTo00oHUNTo0 Posts: 34
    I'm feeding about 15 people for my birthday.
    Large BGE, DigiQ DX2
  • 0oHUNTo00oHUNTo0 Posts: 34
    What BBQ sauce do you prefer?
    Large BGE, DigiQ DX2
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Why not buy three different types of BBQ sauce, a sweet tomato, a sweet tomato with soe heat and a vinegar based sauce?  All on the side for the people to choose..  Fifteen people could easily be fed by five spatchcocked chickens -- what size egg do you have?
  • 0oHUNTo00oHUNTo0 Posts: 34
    Large BGE, DigiQ DX2
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    You could easily cook five spatchcocked chickens in less than three hours keeping the first cooked ones warm in a cooler.  Then just before serving time cut them up!  That would give you 40 pieces of chicken which will be plenty..  This will allow you an easy cook while enjoying a few beverages on your birthday, stress free since the spatchcocked method is foolproof..
  • 0oHUNTo00oHUNTo0 Posts: 34
    Ok great. Ill look up that way
    Large BGE, DigiQ DX2
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,347
    Happy BDay by the way, and hope you have a great day. 
    6 parted birds are easier to fit, I'd stick with breasts and legs. Easier to fit on the grill and you might get everything done in one cook. Wings are good, but not much meat on them, a crowd of 15 could easily eat 100 wings (Well if @Griffin & I am in the crowd)
    6 chickens will give you 12 legs, 12 thighs and 24 half breasts. 48 pieces all about the same size so they cook at similar times. Throw the 12 wings in your freezer for a later cook. Or just buy legs and bone in breasts. 
    I like @Charlie_tuna idea of three basic sauces, added after; easy, quick and folks can get what they want. 
    I've "squeezed" three parted birds on my MBGE. 
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,468
    a crowd of 15 could easily eat 100 wings (Well if @Griffin & I am in the crowd)...

    Travis and I could eat 100 wings. I used to do that routinely with a buddy in my younger days.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,053

    Thighs and breasts marinated over night in: 2/3 cup KC Masterpiece Jerk Marinade, 1/3 cup Tiger sauce, and 2 packets of splenda.  Cook raised direct at 350 and it is awesome.  If you are cooking a lot, double the recipe.

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    Waunakee, WI

  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,673

    Did somebody say wings? Mmmm...wings.

    Happy birthday, btw.

    Do you have an AR or other product to help you cook all that chicken? Using an AR and a BGE Grid Extender, I was able to fit 12 chicken thighs and a mess of chicken legs on mine. Could have fit more, but that was all I needed at the time.


    Rowlett, Texas

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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    You could think about doing pulled chicken the day before and reheating.


    Caledon, ON


  • 0oHUNTo00oHUNTo0 Posts: 34
    Thanks for the comments. I think I'm going to do a bunch of legs and breasts. I also like the idea of doing a few differents sauces. Any thoughts on a good vinegar one? In Georgia we have tons of tomato and mustard base ones but I don't know much about vinegar. I have one of those 3 tier grates do hopefully I can squeeze it all on.

    350 direct? What temp internal do you shoot for?

    Large BGE, DigiQ DX2
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