Hey friend. I’ve got another delicious recipe for you! This one has an interesting back story though. It’s a tale of friendship and chicken thighs.
You see … I have a best friend that lives here in Georgia where I do. We met at work. (She’s a nurse just like me.)
We had a great report at work and started slowly hanging out together away from our job.
She is a super great energetic social butterfly. And, I am not. I would rather hang out around the house with my family. Or stay home alone if my husband is working and kids are at school.
When we started getting close, she quickly learned that I came with a disclaimer. It went like this…
“I am a terrible friend. If you call and I am spending time with my family, I won’t answer. It is more likely than not that I won’t even call you back. If you text me, it will be at least a few hours before I answer back. If you invite me to do something with you, I will probably decline. But… I will care about you and your family. You will always be on my mind. I’m just a terrible friend.”
She accepted those terms back then and to this day accepts that’s just how I am. That was 8 years ago.
Now we are as close as two unbiological sisters could be. (Love her … mean it!!)
Well … her family has a piece of land on the edge of a creek here. It is a back to nature experience.
They go down there on the weekends to camp, fish, grill out and all that jazz.
On occasion, she has been able to talk me and my homebody self to come out for a day trip (no camping for us though). My husband and I pull out the coolers and chairs, pack up whatever kids happen to be home and head out.
We sit around and talk … a lot. Drink some cold beer.
Our husbands shot skeet down there one day. I have even shot a snake all by myself. (That was an experience you don’t get every day.)
When night time rolls around, it’s time to get a fire going. Nothing like it. Even if it’s 100 degrees outside…. There. Will. Be. A. Fire!!
And dinner…of course.
The very first time we went to the creek, my friend made these awesome chicken thighs that I could never stop talking about.
The recipe was simple. The effort was minimal. The taste … oh the taste was out of this world!!
She whipped them suckers up, threw them on the oldest, broken-in grill I’ve ever seen (a little rust never killed nobody) and changed my chicken thigh grilling forever.
Since that time I have figured out how to duplicate that yumminess at home … far from the creek bank.
Now I want to share that grilled creek chicken with you. Its not fair to keep it all to my self … right?
8-10 chicken thighs (with skin and bone-in)
Apple cider vinegar
1.Take the chicken thighs out of their package. Season liberally with the Nature’s Season.
2. Place chicken thighs in a container with a lid for marinating.
3.Mix about 1/2 a bottle of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 a bottle yellow mustard. It’s not an exact science. If you have more vinegar or more mustard, it’s not going to effect this much. I just pour the apple cider vinegar into whatever is left in the mustard bottle and shake it to mix.
4. Pour (or squeeze if you mixed in the bottle) that mixture over the chicken thighs in the bowl and cover.
5. Marinate for at least 1 hour. Make sure you keep refrigerated.
When you are ready to start dinner, you will need to cook these chicken thighs using indirect heat (when the meat is NOT directly over the coals/flame).
We have an old, round Weber charcoal grill that we’ve had for probably 8-9 years. (Remember … a little bit of rust never killed nobody. LOL) So, I only fill 1/2 of it with charcoal and put the chicken on the other side.
6. Place the chicken thighs on the side of the grill without coals/flame and close lid. Check after 5 minutes to make sure nothing is burning or needs to be moved around.
7. Cook 20 minutes total on the first side.
8. Flip. The chicken thighs should remain over the side of the grill without coals.
9. Cook chicken thighs another 20 minutes on that side.
10. Check for crispiness. If the skin is not as crispy as you would like, you can place the chicken thighs directly over the hot coals for a minute or less. (I’ve only had to do this on one occasion and it was for 2 pieces out of 10.)
There they are in all their glorious chicken thigh deliciousness y’all. I bet you wish the internet had smell-a-vision. Ummm Ummm good!
Try this recipe this weekend and let me know what you think. I am positive you will love it!!
Send me some comments about your favorite meals and the off the grid place you may or may not have had it for the first time.