I recently met a local chef, David Olson who is "A Bachelor And His Grill". (he's the one who let me tag along when he went to cook for the firefighters!) He came over an cooked this dish and it was AMAZING! You can do it, too! (watch the video and he'll tell you how if you think you're intimidated!) Michigan blueberries make this dish ROCK!

Blueberry Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients:

Chicken Dry Rub
•3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
•2 Tablespoons Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
•2 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
•1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic Powder
•1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
•1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Peppercorn
•1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Chicken
•3 Pounds Chicken Drumsticks
•3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Sauce
•2 Cups Fresh Blueberries
•½ Red Onion, chopped
•¾ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
•3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
•3 Tablespoons Ketchup
•3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
•2 Cloves Garlic, minced
•2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
•1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
•½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
•½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
•1 pinch Salt

Directions:

Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Sauce:
In Sauce Pan over medium heat, bring Olive Oil to a gentle simmer. Add Garlic & Onion, sauteing 3-5 minutes, or until wilted & fragrant. Stirring occasionally, add remaining Ingredients (except Blueberries) & bring back to a simmer. Once simmering, spoon in Blueberries & cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring regularly until Sauce thickens. Pull from Heat & pour sauce in to Food Processor, pureeing until relatively smooth. Set aside until ready for use.

Preparing the Chicken:
Combine all Rub Ingredients in a large bowl. Rub spices into Chicken, liberally coating all portions of the meat. Place Chicken in air-tight sealed container & marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat Grill to medium (300-350F) & Remove Chicken 20 minutes prior to grilling. Place chicken on Grill over indirect heat for 20-25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 150F, turning Chicken once after 10 minutes and basting intermittently with olive oil. When Chicken reaches internal temp of 150F, turn the Grill to high & begin liberally brushing Chicken with the Blueberry BBQ Sauce. Grill for an additional 5-10 minutes, rotating & brushing every few minutes as sauce caramelizes around the Chicken. Remove Chicken from the grill once internal temp reaches 160F. Brush again with heavy coating of Sauce & place under tin foil tent for 3-5 minutes. Plate, Serve, & Get in where you FIT IN!

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