Grilled Chicken in a Blueberry BBQ Sauce #SundaySupper

For this #SundaySupper we are celebrating the 4th of July and what better way to do that then to celebrate with a big BBQ! Even though I live in the UK, I am an American citizen so I wanted to bring a dish to the #SundaySupper table. I spend a lot of time trying to think about what I could do that would be unique. What dish screams American 4th of July BBQ but would be different enough that it would stand out from the rest? Of course the first image that came in my head when I thought about 4th of July was the cake that my mom always made with a flag made with blueberries as the stars and strawberries and bananas as the stripes. Blueberries are such part of my memories of an American Summer. I had heard of using fruit like apricots and peaches in a BBQ sauce but I had never heard of using blueberries. My husband thought I was a bit strange but I just knew it was going to be good. It turns out I was right, the combination of sweet and spice was perfect.

It would have also paired nicely with a grilled fillet of salmon. And since I have leftovers of the sauce I think I might just give that a try on the 4th. This recipe was adapted from a The Grilling Companion

Grilled Chicken in a Blueberry BBQ Sauce

2 kg (4 lbs) Chicken for BBQ (drumsticks, thighs, wings)
2 Lt (2 qt) water
50g (1/4 c.) kosher salt
2 Tbsp white sugar
250g (2 c.) blueberries
60mL (1/4 c.) balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves
1 small red onion, chopped
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp brown sugar
80mL (1/3 c. ketchup)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire

Create brine with water, sugar and salt. Add to a large plastic ziplock bag or a food grade plastic container and allow to brine for 2-3 hours. Rinse chicken, pat dry and set aside.

Add garlic, onions, salt, red pepper flakes and vinegar to a blender and pulse until smooth.

Rinse blueberries making sure to remove any stems.

In a saucepan add the vinegar mixture and blueberries.

Once you hit the boiling point, turn the heat down and simmer for around 15 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken (as the berries break down), stirring occasionally.Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Heat up charcoal, before you add the chicken to the BBQ you should be able to hold your hand over the heat without it hurting. Chicken on a BBQ should take 2-3 hours to cook properly without burning so it does take time and patience but the result is so worth it. Add the chicken to the grill and make sure if large flame come up that you move the chicken around the grill.

Once the chicken is done add the BBQ sauce and then take off the heat.

Serve with your favourite side dishes. I chose my new favourite Chroizo Baked Beans and Grilled Garlic and Paprika Corn-on-the-Cob.

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