Java Chicken

Contributed By: Kay Davis


2 chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each) or the equivalent of your favorite pieces
4 tablespoons Espresso Rub (recipe below)
1-1/2 cups Mocha Mop Sauce (recipe below)
1-1/2 cups Cafe Latte Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)

You’ll also need:
Poultry shears


1-1/2 cups smoking chips soaked for 1 hour in cold coffee to cover, then drained.
If using whole chickens, split them along the back and remove the backbone. Then cut the chickens in half along the breast bone.
Arrange the chicken halves on a baking sheet (or baking sheets) large enough to hold them and sprinkle on both sides with the rub. Pat the rub onto the chickens with your fingertips. Let the chickens sit in the refrigerator, covered, for as little as 15 minutes or as long as 8 hours; the longer they stand, the richer the flavor will be.

Prepare gril putting the pan of wood chips in a pan over heat. Heat only half the grill since you will be grilling the chicken indirectly.
Arrange the chicken halves, skin side up, on the hot grate over the drip pan. Indirect grill for 40 to 50 minutes, mopping the chickens often.
After 30 minutes, skin should be cooked enough to start mopping.

Set aside 1 cup of barbecue sauce for serving. When the chickens are nearly done cooking, brush the skin side with barbecue sauce and turn the halves and grill for 5 minutes to sizzle the sauce, then brush the bone side with sauce and turn the chickens again.
Grill another 5 minutes before removing the chickens. The chickens are done when an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh (but not touching the bone) registers about 170 degrees.
Transfer the chicken halves to plates or a platter and let rest for 3 minutes before serving with the reserved sauce.

Espresso Rub

2 tablespoons ground dark roast coffee
2 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1 teaspoon pure chile powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place the ground coffee, salt, chile powder, onion powder, garlic powder, coriander, pepper, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix with your fingers or a whisk, breaking up any lumps.

Mocha Mop Sauce

1 cup cold brewed coffee
3/4 cup beer
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea)

Combine the coffee and beer in a bowl. Whisk in the cocoa powder and salt.

Café Latte Barbecue Sauce

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

1 slice bacon, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup brewed strong coffee or espresso
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place the bacon and onion in a heavy saucepan cook over medium heat until lightly browned, 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the remaining ingredients and gradually bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer the sauce until thick and richly flavored, 10 minutes, whisking from time to time. Correct the seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.

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