This BBQ Upside Down Chicken Breast combines the best of two worlds. The chicken is smoked on low and slow heat for a tender and juicy meat before being finished roasted on high heat for the charred finish we all love!
I love fried chicken.
And of all the different chicken cuts, my favorite by far is the chicken breast.
Yes, chicken thighs are delicious and melt-in-the-mouth, and chicken quarters offer delicate flavors, but nothing quite satisfies like biting into a beautifully prepared piece of chicken breast.
The challenge of smoking or grilling is achieving a golden grill finish while keeping the inside and juicy.
Enter the reverse sealing method .
Reverse sear IS typically associated with red meat roasts, especially beef. This is often how recipes for upside-down roasted flanks or tri-tip steaks look like .
It’s the perfect way to cook the insides of meat to perfection over low, slow heat before finishing it over high heat to give the meat that finish we love when we smoke it on the grill.
It offers the perfect balance of succulent grilled smoked flavors while retaining everything we love about grilled meats.
Rub the chicken breast dry
It’s an instant, quick homemade dry marinade for the chicken . I use it on almost all the chicken I put in the smoker and this is no different.
The son ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of peppers
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons chilli powder
- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon kosher/table salt
- 2 tablespoons of black pepper
It’s a fairly easy recipe that includes my favorite barbecue flavors: paprika, cayenne, onion.
If you’re nervous about the spices, you can easily use a little less cayenne pepper and chilli powder for something milder.
If you’d rather use something store-bought, I recommend one of these: