The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke

BBQ CHICKEN BREASTS w/ SOY-LEMON MARINADE

  Date: August 08, 2012
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I like my new Big Green Egg so much I have been looking for any reason to cook on it. For example this day I finished something up early and wasn't going to hear back from my client until the next day. That meant I had some time to grill something for supper if I moved fast. This recipe from Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Cookbook fit the bill nicely. It was a reasonably quick & simple prep, a short marinade time (30-45 minutes) and according to the book a fast cook at 8 minutes per side. That last one worried me since chicken breasts I've cooked in the oven at 350 degrees have taken nearly an hour. Another 50 degrees wasn't going to make that much of a difference. So I wasn't prepared to believe that time and went to the Egg armed with my fastest instant read thermometer. The breasts were cooked indirectly on the Egg at 400. The Platesetter was installed legs up with a s/s grill grate on top of the legs. When I checked the temps at the 8 minute per side mark, they hadn't even crossed the 100 degree mark. Ultimately the chicken took 48 minutes to hit the 160 degree temp I was looking for. If the time at 350 degrees was just under an hour, 48 minutes at 400 degrees made perfect sense. So how were they? There was a split decision-some of my guests loved them and couldn't stop eating them. I on the other hand found something in the taste a bit off putting. I can't describe it exactly, but there was a flavor there I didn't care for. The good news was, despite 3x times longer on the grill, the chicken breasts were still very moist and tender.I'll bet if I wasn't opening the lid so much to check the temperature, they would have turned out even more moist.
Recipe Source:
Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book:
Barbecue Chicken Breasts - Page 129
Grill:
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Big Green Egg

Indirect Grilled:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker.
Gear:
  • BGE Plate Setter (Legs Up)
  • BGE S-S Grill Grid
  • Maverick ET-732 Remote Read Thermometer
  • SR 19" Locking Tongs
  • Wicked Good Weekend Warrior Lump Charcoal