Instant Pot Bourbon Barbecue Chicken

by | May 22, 2017

Instant Pot Bourbon Barbecue Chicken

by | May 22, 2017

All it really takes is for you to say the word “bourbon” and my ears perk up like a dog being asked if he wants to catch a frisbee. So when I received a copy of Michelle Fagone’s (aka CaveGirl Cuisine) new cookbook “I Love My Instant Pot Cookbook” (you can buy it here) and came across her Bourbon Barbecue Recipe, I KNEW I had to make it!
This one is CRAZY EASY and makes your chicken SO tender and fall-off-the-bone, not to mention has a sauce that is to die for. It’s like that perfect barbecue chicken but taken up a notch and it’s officially one of my favorite dishes! PERFECT for any gathering, game day or grill-less barbecue!
  • 3 pounds of chicken legs/drumsticks (about 10-12), skin on
  • 1/4 cup of bourbon whiskey
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of onion salt
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of paprika

I love a good ole messy chicken to eat – it’s part of the territory! BUT, if you want the final applied sauce from step 7 to be a little less messy to eat with and the skin to be a little firmer, once coated with the reserved sauce bake in an oven set at the broil temperature for about 2-3 minutes.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients (except the chicken) to make the sauce. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of the sauce for later (this is important for the final step!)
  2. Using a large zip-top bag, add the chicken and coat with the sauce from the bowl. Any remaining sauce that is stuck to the bowl, you can scrape and add to the reserved sauce for the final step. Make sure you mix the chicken up real good with the sauce in the bag – this part is fun!
  3. Refrigerate the sauce-coated chicken in the bag for one hour or more (but one hour is fine)
  4. Once the chicken is done refrigerating, insert the trivet into the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water. Arrange the chicken so it rests upside down on the trivet (meat part facing down and bone facing up towards the lid). They should rest against one another for support. Dump any remaining sauce from the bag over the chicken (but do NOT reserve this as well – it was mixed with raw chicken. Discard the bag when done).
  5. Secure the lid and press the “Poultry” button and set for 15 minutes (which is the default time). It will take a little time to come to pressure, so go and do something fun!
  6. When done, allow a 10-minute natural release followed by a quick release
  7. Take the wings out with the tongs and place in a serving dish. Use the reserved sauce and brush on the chicken so they become coated with that delicious, sticky and sweet sauce!
  8. Enjoy!

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