- 6 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Smoky Balsamic Barbecue Sauce, see recipe below
- Preheat grill to medium high heat.
- Brush each side of chicken breast extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper.
- Brush grill lightly with olive oil. Place chicken on grill and cook (with lid closed) 5 - 8 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
- Baste chicken generously with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce during the last few minutes of grilling (reserve some
- sauce for dipping in a separate container so you don’t contaminate sauce while basting chicken)
- Serve warm
Smoky Balsamic Barbecue Sauce
- 1 cup Hickory Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¼ cup finely minced shallots
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- ½ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Barbeque Mustard
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper, plus more to taste
- ½ teaspoon Carolina Hickory Sea Salt
- Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vinegar is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add in shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and crushed red pepper and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in reduced balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, honey, brown sugar, mustard, molasses, Worcestershire, and white pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and let cook until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Season with sea salt and additional pepper to taste.
- For smoother sauce, puree with an immersion blender, or in the jar of a regular blender, until smooth.
- Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to a month.