1 cup bourbon
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp paprika
pinch hot red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon molasses
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons each onion and garlic powder
6 each chicken thighs and drumsticks
salt and pepper, to taste


Combine all ingredients (except chicken) for marinade (may be processed in a blender). Set aside 1/2 cup of this marinade in a clean jar (do not use to marinate chicken – this portion will be used for basting the chicken during the grilling). Keep refrigerated.
Put marinade into a ziploc bag with chicken pieces and distribute evenly. Marinate chicken for 6-12 hours in refrigerator, turning occasionally.