Smokey Coffee Chipotle Chicken Tacos
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Flavour Bomb Alert!!!!
Coffee isn’t a flavour I usually use with chicken, I’d usually save it for beef, venison and sometimes mutton. But with these chicken tacos, I’m toning it down a bit by mixing in one of my favourite all round BBQ rubs.
These definitely aren’t your traditional chicken tacos! But the flavours here are bold! There is not a strong flavour of coffee, but an underlying earthy and slightly bitter note. When married with the sweet & tangy lime onions, the Carolina-style Red BBQ Sauce and a kiss of hickory, it totally makes sense!
For these Chicken Tacos I’m going to be using skinless & boneless chicken thighs. The thighs hold more flavour than any other part of the bird, and with a higher fat content than the breast they can be taken to much higher temperatures without dying out.
I’m using a 50/50 mix of Plowboys BBQ ‘Yardbird’ Rub and Cattleman’s Grill ‘Smoky Chipotle’ Coffee Steak Seasoning. Then once sliced, run through a good helping of House of Q ‘Rock’n Red’ BBQ Sauce.
I’ll be cooking these hot and fast on the Kamado Joe, adding just a small chunk of hickory.
Hickory isn’t a wood I use a lot with chicken, especially on a lower slower cook as it can easily over power. But for a short, hot 20 minute cook like this it’s perfect for adding a fair amount of smoke flavour in a short amount of time.
Serve with Sweet Lime Pickled Onions, crunchy shredded lettuce, Chipotle Hot Sauce and a dollop of sour cream.