Our Kansas City Southern Rib Rub isn’t just for ribs! It’s delicious in this baked grilled chicken recipe.
Holy Wood Pellet Grill, Batman!
So our local Costco just wrapped up a Traeger grill event. If you’ve never heard of Traeger grills, they’re really nice wood pellet grills that allow you to smoke and grill meats for hours and hours without needing to constantly add chips or charcoal. You can even cook a pizza or cookies on it.
They’re electric, so they plug into a wall outlet and a little electric motor feeds pellets to a firebox with an auger. The auger and accompanying electric fan speed up or slow down to maintain a preset temperature. It’s really more like an outdoor wood fired oven than a grill. Needless to say, Greg’s been coveting one for a while.
So you can probably see where this story is going. We’re at Costco, and Greg casually says, “Hey, look over there. They’re selling Traeger grills.” I was in the midst of looking for some wild salmon, so I just mumbled a reply, not paying much attention.
Fast forward to about 30 minutes later. Here we were, wheeling our new Traeger out of the warehouse and loading the giant box into my little Prius. It was pretty comical. I’m pretty sure Greg planned it carefully that we “had to go to Costco” just at the same time this Traeger grill event was going on.
Baked Grilled Chicken Recipe
So get this. You can do a lot of the same things in a Traeger that you can do in your oven. So for y’all without a Traeger, that’s great news. Here’s a recipe that we have made in our Traeger with great success, but only because I first made it in my oven. And that’s why I now call it my baked grilled chicken recipe.
- 6 chicken leg/thigh quarters
- Olive oil
- Kansas City Southern Rib Rub
- Your favorite BBQ sauce (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Wash the chicken under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
- Drizzle olive oil over each leg quarter and lightly spread over the surface.
- Season with Kansas City Southern Rib Rub, lightly patting over both sides of each quarter.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place a rack on the parchment paper.
- Arrange the quarters on the rack, skin-side up. Roast in the oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh measures 165 F.
- Apply BBQ sauce (if desired) with a basting brush to both sides of the chicken in the last 15 minutes of cooking, turning once. Don't apply the sauce too early, or you'll risk burning the sauce.
- Remove the quarters from the oven, and let them rest for 5 minutes.
- Serve with a light salad or your side of choice.
About Kansas City Southern Rib Rub
Kansas City Southern Rib Rub is our nod to the great tradition of Kansas City BBQ. While it was made for use on ribs, it’s great on other meats too! Give it a try on the above baked grilled chicken recipe, or try it on beef skewers, lamb, or pork shoulder. The possibilities are endless!
Let us know what you think about our recipes, and get yourself some Kansas City Southern Rib Rub to try!