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Grilled Summer Chicken Thighs

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Chef notes

Barbecue expert chef Tim Love shares a crowd-pleasing recipe that'll amp up any cookout.


  • 1 gallon warm water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoon poultry rub (recipe follows)
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper
Dry rub
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt


Heat grill on high.

Mix water, salt, and garlic. Add chicken thighs, place in the refrigerator and soak for at least 1 hour and up to 16 hours.

Mix rub ingredients.

Mix mayo, 3 tablespoons rub, ½ cup orange juice. Add chicken thighs and marinate for 30 minutes

Remove from marinade and season with salt and pepper

Place chicken on grill skin side down first

Cook for approximately 7 minutes a side with the lid closed or until a thermometer reads 165 degrees.