Smoked chicken quarters with hot & sweet apricot glaze

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by edward36, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Hi guys,

    This is one of my all time favorites on the grill... My take on one of the recipes I've found in my grilling cookbooks.

    Now, when I've tried it on the smoker, that's it! That's the only way for me to cook those heating sweet apricot glazed chicken quarters. 

    So, for 12 quarters you'll need: 

    - 4-5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

    For the glaze:

    - 4 tbsp apricot jam or marmalade

    - 3 tbsp honey

    - 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I use my own - see recipe at the end)

    - 1 tsp pure chili powder (or less, if you want to spare yourself :) )

    I used cherry wood and smoked it for 3.5 hours on 225F.

    Once your smoker is all set up, wash the chicken quarters, pat dry with paper towels, brush with olive oil and off they go on the smoker grate. 

    Glaze - simply whisk the ingredients together till they blend. 

    After about 3 hours you apply first baste with the glaze... and then 2nd time - 15 min later.
    My pineapple-chipotle BBQ sauce:

    - 2 cups ketchup

    - 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

    - 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

    - 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

    - 2 tbsp dates honey (that's a Mediterranean syrup made of dates). Can be substituted with molasses or honey

    - 1/4 cup pineapple juice

    - 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

    - 1 tbsp chipotle paste

    - 1 tbsp any BBQ dry rub (can be your favorite or commercial brand)

    Mix all the ingredients in the heavy saucepan and heat on the medium fire until gently boiling, stirring constantly not to let it caramelize or burn. Cook for 8-10 minutes, chill. The sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight jar for 2-3 moths.

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  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ed, afternoon.... that looks delish..... the glaze/sauce sounds awesome..... and your photog skills are pretty good too.... Thumbs Up .. Thumbs Up
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014
  3. bigbirdk

    bigbirdk Fire Starter

    Every weekend I riff on a recipe from this site. This weekend its going to be yours! Looks fantastic!
  4. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks!!! It is really good, my family simply made a raiding party on those chicken candies. Gone within minutes. And the sauce - you can take this one as a basis and make hundreds of variations. Use apple juice, cranberry juice, even coke (just not the diet one, cause that one has aspartime which you must not heat)... 

    Thanks for complimenting my photo skills! I am trying to make my photos show how tasty the food is. That's the trick :).
  5. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Oh you gonna love it! 

    Will be glad to hear how was it :).
  6. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    That looks delicious...nicely done, Edward!  Thanks for sharing your recipes...copied and pasted to my "To Do" list.


    Last edited: Mar 6, 2014
  7. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Hi Red,

    Thanks!!! You'll enjoy this one, hands down!
  8. Hey, Edward  good looking chicken. I do a lot of chicken on the grill as well as the smoker, I am going to have to try your recipe's those sound delish. I love apricot, my wife makes some pretty mean apricot fried pies. We have a bunch of Peach jelly that she put up last summer so I might switch the peach for the apricot. Anyway great recipe's  and pictures looking forward to more.

  9. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper

    Hey Gary!

    Thanks!! Peach will work great as well. You'll love this one.

    And there are definitely much more where this has come from :). Stay tuned.

  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It looks good and I do love apricots. I smoked a turkey awhile back and stuffed the cavity with apricots and it was killer.

    Beautiful chicken!
  11. Ed, I know most everybody loves Hot Wings, I do something similar using legs (more meat)     I put a little BBQ sauce, a little honey, a couple of shakes of Tony's and some Sriracha sauce  mix it all up set aside. Put my legs on get them going turn once cook a little more then start dipping them in the sauce, back on the grill, cook for a little while, back in the sauce, back on the grill. I do this till I have used up all the mixture, the just cook till done, you have a hot, little sweet sticky mess of some mighty fine legs.

  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Love your sweet and heat combo! Great looking Chicken!
  13. Ed, couldn't stand it, since we had chicken leg quarters last night and have pork chops set out for tonight, Going with your glaze on the Pork chops  That stuff would be good on anything

  14. Here is another Pork Chop recipe I use, did this one last week.


    ½ cup packed Brown Sugar

    3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

    2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

    2 Tablespoons Bourbon

    ½ Teaspoon Salt

    ¼ to ½ Teaspoon Pepper or Tony’s

    ½ Cup Apple Juice

     1 Teaspoon Corn Starch (and a little cold water to dissolve starch)

    Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan; just before mixture starts to simmer add Corn Starch mixture, let simmer for 10 min. or so stirring occasionally. Sauce should thicken some. (If too thick just add a little more apple juice or water)

    Place Pork chops on grill and baste with mixture, baste other side when you turn. Save remaining mixture to serve with pork chops.
  15. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper


    The chicken legs idea sounds very interesting!

    As for the pork chops - can't wait to hear how was it :).
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    edward36 Meat Mopper

  17. andrewsc

    andrewsc Newbie

    OMG my family LOVED these.:)
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  18. I am glad they turned out, we like em 

    Gary S
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  20. edward36

    edward36 Meat Mopper


    Thanks!!! :)

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