First post and I come to ask your opinion on how to prepare BBQ chicken for a party of 40. I'm doing the cooking for my daughters 2nd B-Day and I need some help preparing for the cook. I DO NOT want to spend all day cooking, I'd rather enjoying as much time with my daughter as possible, so I'm trying to be well prepared. I'd like to have the chicken cooked and ready to go straight to the grill to get BBQ'd with sauce.
I make excellent Beer canned chicken and I've had good results for small parties (5-10). I normally just Rub the bird down with olive oil and a good dry rub, then stuff the can and roast in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes then down to 350 for about 90 - 105 minutes or until the bird is up to temp. Once the chicken is done, I rest for 10 minutes, then cut up into serving pieces, about 6.
Also, price is a huge concern. It's going to be expensive to feed all these people and I'm not sure how to buy the chicken. Should I buy them whole at $.89-$.99 per lb. or but whole cut up chicken? Leg quarters?
Do you think that beer canning the chickens would be the best method? I don't know of any other methods in the oven that will produce juicy on the inside but crispy skin on the outside.
Any tips would be excellent. I've never cooked for this many people before and I'm a little worried.
I'm also doing pulled pork. This will be smoked prior to the party and vac sealed and frozen then warmed, sauced and served when the chicken is done.