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Family Reunion Barbecue Chicken Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Rushton Allen
Added: Sunday, September 9, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2-3 dozen Jimmie's Hot Dogs
80 chicken halves (from 3-4 pound fryers)
Rushton Family Secret Ingredient*
1 bushel Silver Queen sweet corn

Directions:
Directions:
1. Assemble team of Rushtons, eat the Jimmie's Hot Dogs, either with or without** (limit 4, please).
2. Pre-heat industrial-size charcoal barbecue cooker to optimum cooking temperature. At this time, in a large washtub soak one unshucked ear of Silver Queen per Rushton team member present.
3. Under close watch from a Qualified Rushton Family Chicken Supervisor***, thoroughly rinse chicken halves with garden hose and pat dry.
4. Apply liberal amounts of Secret Ingredient to both sides of chicken halves, keeping in mind this old adage: "When you think you've added enough, add a little bit more".
5. Cook chicken to desired doneness(160-170 degrees)or until the juices run clear & the skin takes on that oh-so-delicious perfect amount of barbecued char.Supervisor can also declare chicken to be done by saying,"I'd eat that right
now".
6. Cook unshucked Silver queen corn on any available space on grill for 20 minutes, distribute to team members for well-earned snack****.
7. If available, dip chickens in sauce, then place chickens in heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined coolers for incubation*****until the blessing is said that evening...

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
80
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
One Saturday afternoon of the Reunion
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
* What is the "Secret Ingredient", or S.I. ? Simply put, it is salt, but not just any old table salt will do. Months before each Reunion, phone calls criss-cross the Southeast as various Rushtons phone in their "best price" on boxes of salt in their area. In 2007, 33 cents a box was the winner, found in Blount County, Alabama, beating out the 42.5 cents/box found in Albany. The all-time record was 6 cents a box, and we are reminded each year since that "we should've bought every box that store had".
**Onions. The chili is coming either way.
***Herbert Nelson Rushton, III. As of this publication, no other Rushtons have qualified as a Supervisor.
****True Silver Queen need not be cooked to enjoy, but the smoky flavor imparted to the corn by grilling eliminates the need to add butter or S.I.
*****If no tin foil available, better use a cooler you plan to never use again (as a cooler, anyway).
Chicken Tip: Make doubly sure your chickens have been "halved" at the butcher's first...if this step is missed, use that "Rushton builder's know-how" and see how a saws-all (reciprocating saw) can halve a chicken like a bat out of torment.
One final note on the distribution of labor. In addition to the Supervisor, the team must have at least one person responsible for the following functions: Chicken Washer, Chicken Dryer, S.I. Applier,Grill Door Opener,Chicken Turner,Corn Shucker (for the corn for dinner),Cooler Liner,and Chicken Dipper.While it may appear that some Rushtons are also only Supervisors during this process,the One True Supervisor has decreed these folks to be instrumental in that they "add color" to the proceedings...
Sauce Selection: For years, the Rushton Reunion was blessed to have its sauce provided by family friend Karl Deiter, who gave us enough sauce to dip 80 halves in return for the livers and gizzards. Sadly, Carl passed away a few years back, and the secret of his sauce, which he never revealed to anyone, even his bride, quite possibly went with him. Rest assured, Rushton family technicians are hard at work in their test kitchens working on a replacement sauce- one that can live up to the Rushton Family Reunion tradition!

 

 

 

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