Fire Chief Brosnan
"His" Secret Recipe!
This is an absolutely true
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.
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!
Brosnan’s - Peanut-butter Sauce for (Grilled) Chicken
2 Chickens split (or 4
1/2 stick of butter or margarine
1 heaping tablespoon plain
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
Drain and pat dry;
Brush chicken with olive oil.
Cover with dry rub of salt, paprika and garlic
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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