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Chicken Gets the Cupcake Treatment
Mixon, whose family started a barbecue take-out business in Georgia, is a competitive pit master who proudly wears a massive ring commemorating his third barbecue world championship win. He competes in many events, from Whole Hog to Pork Shoulder, and knows just what the judges are looking for. When it comes to chicken, they want thighs—and they want them all the same size. Chicken thighs can vary, of course, though most are square-shaped. So Mixon found that by using poultry shears to trim them to three or four inches wide, he could fit a square piece of meat into a round hole—the muffin tin—and they'd all be the same dimension.
[After the jump, what exactly cupcake chicken looks like...]
Mixon's technique can be done on a grill, in a smoker or even in an oven. For more of Mixon's recipes, see his new book, Smokin' with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue.
Myron Mixon's World-Famous Cupcake Chicken
Basic Chicken Rub, Basic Vinegar Sauce and Basic Hickory Sauce