St. Anthony’s Field Days Barbecue Chicken

St. Anthony's Field Days Barbecue Chicken

St. Anthony’s Field Days Barbecue Chicken

I’m sure the smell and taste of this recipe will remind you of bygone days spent at one of the year’s biggest community events on the North Side of Endicott –the St. Anthony’s Field Days.  I found this recipe published many years ago by the “Sun Bulletin”.  The recipe, as published, was for making gallons of marinade for use at the field days.  This provided me with the first and only opportunity in my life to put conversion tables and mathematics to use for a noble purpose.

St. Anthony’s Field Days Barbecue Chicken/Mike Shea/The Greco Family “Cook”Book

St. Anthony’s Field Days Barbecue Chicken

1 egg

2/3 cup oil

2/3 vinegar

1 Tbsp. salt

2 tsp. poultry seasoning

1 tsp. garlic

1 tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. pepper

5-6 halves or 15-20 pieces chicken

Break egg into a large bowl.  Whip it thoroughly.  Add oil and whip it thoroughly again.  Add the vinegar and whip thoroughly again (yawn…).  Add dry ingredients and whip again (zzzz…).  Marinate the chicken in this mixture (covered in the “fridge”) for at least 1 hour (overnight is better).

Grill the chicken as you normally would grill chicken (about 20-30 minutes for pieces; about 60 minutes for halves), whit this caveat:  The marinade is very prone to causing flare-ups, so watch the chicken carefully.  Experiment with your grill so that the meat is above to coals enough that flare-ups are prevented while still allowing the chicken to cook in a reasonable amount of time.  The chicken should be turned (with tongs, NEVER a fork!) every 5-10 minutes until done (baste with leftover marinade if you are not having flare-up troubles).   Remove chicken.  Close your eyes.  Take a bite, but be careful – when you open them back up, you may find yourself standing in the parking lot of St. Anthony of Padua Church.

(Recipe for the St. Anthony’s Field Day Barbecue Chicken was in The Greco Family “Cooks”Book, Mike Shea, 1998.)

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