Guava BBQ Chicken

Sadly summer has come and gone. Thankfully BBQ can be a year round thing in JA (and I guess in the states too depending where you are). This tasty chicken is made from fresh guava from our yard but can be substituted with tropical fruit juice concentrate. Just remember to keep turning and basting. Enjoy!

Guava BBQ Chicken
Ingredients – Makes Enough for 4-5 Adults

BBQ Marinade
4-5 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of Oyster Sauce
1/2 cup of Ketchup
2-3 cups of the Guava Paste* (or frozen juice concentrate)
*Instructions Below

Chicken Prep
1 whole Chicken (or 2 packs of breast meat or 3 packs of thighs)
4 limes – to clean the chicken

Step 1: Make the Guava Paste (Note you can skip this step if you use one container of frozen juice concentrate)

– Probably best to use fresh guavas, but this time I used extra ones that I froze from earlier in the season.
– Blend the guava with 1-2 cups of water
– Strain to remove the seeds
– Add sugar to preferred sweetness

Step 2: Prep the Chicken
Prepare chicken by cutting it into the desired pieces.  Not sure how to do it? Watch Alton Brown masterfully cut this whole chicken starting the video at 4:50 (minute). Note this video is about fried chicken, but the technique to cut the chicken is the same.

Wash the chicken using lime. This is important for those of us in Jamaica where the chicken has a strong gamy smell. The lime takes away the smell and it doesn’t affect the taste one way or another.

p 3: Make the Marinade
Combine all ingredients and add to chicken in ziploc bags. Save about 1 cup for basting.

Step 4: Grill & Baste
Get your grill nice and hot and add chicken, basting and turning. Once a nice brown/grilled exterior has been achieved, try to position the coals around the chicken and not directly underneath the chicken to prevent burning. This creates an oven like scenario. Close the grill and continue to check on the chicken periodically, continuing to baste until fully cooked all the way through. Once finished, let it rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it. Enjoy!


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