Chief Brosnan Recipe



Fire Chief Brosnan


"His" Secret Recipe!

This is an absolutely true Albany Tale!

Every 4th of July, Fire Chief Brosnan put on a downtown BBQ for residents of Albany in the 50's ... and served, what he claimed, was “HIS” secret recipe for Peanut Butter Sauce for Grilled Chicken.  As long as he lived, he refused to give out HIS recipe.


When he died, the recipe was found!!!  ALAS!!!  He had paid a New Orleans’ chef $100 for the recipe!!  Soon thereafter, and to the delight of many, the recipe was spread all over Albany.  My mother, Morry (Mrs. Luell) Smith had a copy and passed it on to me!


Chief Brosnan’s - Peanut-butter Sauce for (Grilled) Chicken


2 Chickens split (or 4 breasts)

Cooking oil

1/2 stick of butter or margarine

1 heaping tablespoon plain peanut butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Juice of 2 lemons

1 1/2 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon celery seed

1 tablespoon of chili powder


Mix all other ingredients together very well and simmer in saucepan for 15 minutes.


Brush chicken halves/breasts with oil

Sprinkle with salt and pepper


Put chicken on outdoor grill and smoke (indirectly unless you want burned chicken) approximately 40 minutes (depends on size of chicken breasts). 


Brush both sides with sauce.  Let grill for 15 more minutes.


How I charcoal-grill chicken ...


***I marinate my chicken breasts in left-over kosher pickle juice for 3 or 4 hours or overnight before grilling - bring to room temperature. 


Drain and pat dry;

Brush chicken with olive oil.

Cover with dry rub of salt, paprika and garlic powder


1.    I always charcoal grill chicken INDIRECTLY* for 1 hour 

(*chicken to one side of grill - charcoal briquettes to other side - with a couple of big water-soaked chunks of Hickory or Mesquite tossed on top). 


2.    Then brush both sides of chicken with peanut butter sauce  and grill for 10 minutes each side.


~ Beverly Smith Herrington

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