Chef Jonathan David “JD” Eubanks is a Naval Culinary Specialist, Metal-Band frontman, Executive Chef and Louisiana Culinary Ambassador. When he gives us a recipe for bad ass chicken skewers, we listen!
One 3- to 4-pound pack boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 stick unsalted butter
2 Fuji apples cored and diced
1 cup Jack Daniel’s bourbon
2 cups sugar cane syrup, preferably Steen’s (Amazon) or substitute Grandma’s Molasses
1 cup molasses reserved
In mixing bowl add chicken thighs, olive oil and salt, plus pepper and other spices, rubbing them evenly on chicken. Let sit for 20 minutes in fridge. Once chicken sits, toss in sauce, skewer, then char evenly on grill (preferably an all-wood grill over coals that have been burned down for a nice, slow, even cook).
In hot cast-iron skillet (preferably over a wood fire or stove if you can’t start a fire — LOL), add butter and allow to melt and become almost caramelized. Then add apples to skillet and allow to blister until almost candied. Add bourbon and allow to flame. Once apples cook, add the first part molasses and bring to a fast bubble over the fire. Once mixture bubbles for five minutes, blend in Vitamix. After the sauce cools, happy marinating! Set aside one cup before marinating to drizzle over finished skewers.
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