Pressure Cooker Bourbon BBQ Chicken Recipe

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Pressure Cooker Bourbon Bbq Chicken Recipe


SERVES 2 to 4 – Cooker: 6- to 8-quart – Time: 10 minutes at HIGH pressure


  • 3 cups bottled BBQ sauce of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1½ cups Bourbon BBQ Sauce, plus ½ cup for glazing
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate
  • 1 (4-pound) chicken, cut into quarters and skin removed


  1. Make the Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat
  3. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 6 minutes
  4. Use immediately or let cool, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks

Makes about 3½ cups, which is more than you will need

  1. In a 6- to 8- quart pressure cooker, heat the oil over medium heat
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring a few times until the vegetables soften, about 3 minutes
  3. Stir in the BBQ sauce, water, soy sauce, ginger, and tamarind concentrate
  4. Add the chicken, leg quarters first, then the breasts, meaty side up, nestling the pieces into the sauce
  5. Close and lock the lid
  6. Set the burner heat to high
  7. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  8. Set a timer to cook for 10 minutes
  9. Remove the pot from the heat
  10. Open the cooker with the Quick Release
  11. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  12. Preheat the broiler
  13. Transfer the chicken to an oiled broiler rack
  14. Bring the sauce in the pot to a boil over medium-high heat
  15. Cook, uncovered, stirring often to avoid scorching, until the sauce has thickened, about 3 minutes
  16. Brush the chicken with the ½ cup reserved BBQ sauce
  17. Position the broiler pan 6 inches from the heat and broil until the surface of the chicken is glazed, about 2 minutes
  18. Alternately you can fire up a gas grill and brown the chicken outside
  19. Serve hot, with the additional sauce on the side

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