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Root Beer Barbecue Chicken

Sound bizarre? Maybe, but this root beer sauce packs a punch. It provides the unusual flavors of sassafras, sarsaparilla, cherry, and ginger extracts.

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Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN, COAT:

FOR THE ROOT BEER SAUCE, SAUTÉ:

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°.

For the chicken, coat chicken with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet and roast 45 minutes. Meanwhile, make the sauce.

Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

For the root beer sauce, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat, 2–3 minutes. Add root beer, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes. Stir in ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, molasses, Worcestershire, and pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add lime juice.

Dip chicken into barbecue sauce to coat, then grill, covered, 5 minutes. Dip pieces in sauce again, turn over, and grill until charred and crisp, 5 minutes more. Serve chicken with sliced fresh tomatoes on the side.

Precooking the chicken prevents it from scorching on the outside before it cooks through inside.

Precooking the chicken prevents it from scorching on the outside before it cooks through inside.

Add 2 cups root beer and reduce until it's syrup-like. Keep an eye on it — it can burn quickly.

Add 2 cups root beer and reduce until it's syrup-like. Keep an eye on it — it can burn quickly.

Dip chicken into sauce — since it's cooked, there's no need to worry about cross contamination.

Dip chicken into sauce — since it's cooked, there's no need to worry about cross contamination.

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