Why should you soak your wood skewers prior to cooking?
Soaking wooden skewers in water before using them is important for a few reasons:
Prevents burning: Soaking the skewers in water helps to prevent them from burning or catching fire while on the grill or in the oven. The water-soaked skewers create a barrier between the heat and the wood, which slows down the cooking process and prevents the skewers from burning.
Prevents splintering: Soaking the skewers in water also helps to prevent them from splintering or breaking apart while cooking. The water softens the wood, making it less likely to split or break when you're threading the food onto the skewers.
Allows for even cooking: Soaking the skewers in water can also help to ensure that the food cooks evenly. The moisture from the soaked skewers can help to keep the food from drying out too quickly, which can result in uneven cooking.
Tips for BBQ skewers, it's best to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. These cuts are tender, moist, and cook quickly, which makes them perfect for skewers. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces so that they cook evenly and are easy to thread onto the skewers. You can also use a combination of both chicken breasts and thighs for a variety of textures and flavors.
BBQ Chicken Skewers
- 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup Sgt. Hart's BBQ Sauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 wooden skewers
- Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the Sgt. Hart's BBQ sauce, olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and toss to coat evenly with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers, leaving a little space between each piece.
- Grill the skewers for 6-8 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the outside is lightly charred.
- Brush the chicken with additional Sgt. Hart's BBQ sauce during the last few minutes of grilling, if desired.
- Serve the skewers with extra Sgt. Hart's BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.
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