Mother McGehee's Chicken

American South
Quick and tasty grill BBQ sauce

Ahh the grill that brings people outside to picnic tables. This chicken grills up quickly. Painting it with this sauce lends some great character. I thoroughly enjoyed this at an evening porch BBQ with Paula Nees the artist, and her family. Helen, her aproned mother, cooked this and penned this recipe - “good for chicken or pork” - into my notebook. I laughed when I read the recipe for 35 pounds of meat. Here it is, downsized.
2 chickens, cut into serving pieces
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 pound butter (half this if doing pork)
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon (double if you like it hot)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 Combine all ingredients in pan and simmer for 10 minutes.

2 Put chicken on grill. Turn meat every 4 to 5 minutes, painting sauce with a mop until done, about 20 minutes.

servings  use metric
original recipe yield: 35 # of chicken or 50 # of pork
Notes NOTE Add 1/4 cup water to the sauce if you baste a lot. If lemons are plentiful, use two more lemons and half the vinegar. A typical lemon yields 1/4 cup natural juice. If using concentrated lemon juice, use 2 tablespoons per lemon.

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