Cooking Tip: Rescuing BBQ

Every once in a while, no matter how you try, BBQing, or even cooking in the oven or on the stove just is NOT going to cooperate with you.

I had an incident like that a few nights ago. It was relatively easy to prevent in the first place, BUT I was rushed and distracted by a head full of other tasks that needed to get done. Here’s exactly what happened:

I was grilling whole boneless chicken breasts. I’ve done it dozens of times before and rarely have a problem. I got in a hurry though and just spread out the charcoal evenly to cook via direct heat. That would have worked if they were fillets cut thinner, but these were whole boneless breasts. They were thick enough that I should have cooked them slower over indirect heat (charcoal off to the sides).

Instead, the outside was cooking fast, but the centers… not so much.

That’s largely seasoning that blackened there also, by the way. 🙂

But, because I *am* a super genius:

I was able to salvage it and create a nearly perfect dinner. I just threw the chicken in the microwave for about a minute and a half (one piece at a time) and cooked the rare part without drying out the rest of the chicken breast.

Despite how the PC might be making it look, (my color seems to be acting up) there was no pink left, but it was still very tender and juicy. I should note also that with the minute and a half cooking time in the microwave that we have a 1200 watt microwave. It’s STRONG. 🙂 End result though:

So the lesson for the day is be creative if your meal isn’t turning out as planned. Some chefs will tell you that a microwave has no place in a real kitchen. I think I just proved otherwise, lol. Even if your attempt to rescue your meal fails, you’re no worse off than if you’d goofed it completely without trying a fix, right?

Another option with the chicken would have been to cut it up and cook it in a skillet on the stove, but that would have dried it out unless I was super careful.

Improvise, adapt and overcome. 😉

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