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Chicken under bricks

Yields Serves 4 to 6
Chicken under bricks
(Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
1

In a small bowl, mix together the salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.

2

Place the chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. Using poultry shears or a sharp knife, cut along each side of the backbone and remove it. Open the chicken like a book. Using a sharp knife, make a half-inch-deep incision between the breasts and flatten the chicken as much as possible. For even cooking, make a half-inch-deep incision in each joint between the drumsticks and thighs. Remove and discard the wing tips.

3

Season the chicken all over with the rub.

4

Place the chicken, skin side down, over indirect high heat. Lightly coat the bottom of a baking sheet with the oil. Place the baking sheet on top of the chicken and weight it down with bricks wrapped in foil (or a cast-iron pan). Grill until golden brown on the edges, 30 to 35 minutes.

5

Using pot holders, carefully remove the hot bricks and the baking sheet. Using a wide spatula, carefully release the chicken from the grate, being careful not to tear the skin, move it over direct medium heat and grill for 5 minutes, then turn and grill an additional 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Cut the chicken into serving pieces. Serve warm with the barbecue sauce.

From “Weber’s Real Grilling”.

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