December 7, 2010

Finger Lickin' BBQ Chicken and Kempton Update

Happy Tuesday droogies!

Is it Thursday yet?

My mom and dad are coming to town on Friday and staying with me Friday night, then Lyndi is coming on Sunday and staying with me for a little while (until she finds a place)! My hide-a-bed is going to be busy!

I'm having a hard time stringing together coherent thoughts today, but I wanted to give ya'll an update on Kempton.

I brought him home from the vet on Friday, and I'm pretty sure they were ready to be rid of him. The ladies at the front desk said (kindly) that he had been whining and howling all day. The surgeon said that he was making good progress - already "toe-touching" and allowing them to do some range-of-motion exercises.

Steve and I loaded him up in the car and brought him home. Steve had to go back to work, and by the time he got home I had 2 bottles of wine down, er...already started drinking, um was ready to pull my hair out.

The ladies at the vet were right.

Incessant whining.

Whining like I have never heard before.

I literally was waiting for him to go hoarse.

It never happened.

It was the most frustrating thing about this whole didn't matter what I did.

Hug you? No. Pet you? No. Ignore you? No. Feed you? No. Ice your leg? Warm pack it? Leave it alone? Take you out to pee? Make you rest? No no no no no.

He had his pain patch on still, as well as taking an anti-inflammatory, glucosamine and anti-biotics. There wasn't anything else I could do for him. I laid down on the floor next to him and snuggled him and talked to him...he just whined the entire time.

Thankfully, by Sunday he had calmed down and given into the fact that he was exhausted (so was I).

Now his personality is pretty much back to normal. He isn't quite as fiesty, but that is to be expected (and it's probably good because he needs to take it easy).

He and I are meeting with his physical therapist tomorrow after work to get more exercises and massage techniques that will help get his range of motion back and also help with his hips.

The only issue that we are having is with his cone.

You know, that ridiculous collar that looks like a lampshade?

Yes, he is suppose to wear one of those when we are not home.

He is an escape artist.

It doesn't matter what we do or how tight we put it on, he can get out of it.

He thrashes around and plows into stuff (we sat downstairs and listened one day), and I am worried it is going to do more harm than good. So I've been leaving it off, but he has been licking his incision and not allowing it to heal. I am waiting for the surgeon to call me back and give me some suggestions.

I have some pictures, but I haven't had a chance to upload them yet.

In the meantime, I am going to post my recipe for BBQ chicken on the grill (charcoal grill).

I know grilling season is over, but Steve has a hard time letting go so we continue to shovel the deck off and use the grill during the milder days of winter.

The real gem here is the can use whatever rub and/or sauce you would like.

The thing you need to remember is that bbq sauce is high in sugar, which burns at a relatively low don't add your sauce until later in the process. That is where a rub comes in imparts flavor while the chicken is cooking, but doesn't burn and get all bitter.

Check it out - and try this soon (as soon as you can chisel your grill out of the snowbank).

Finger Lickin' BBQ Chicken...On The Charcoal Grill (serves 4)

  • 6 chicken breasts (I use the bone-in kind for this...boneless, skinless dries out too fast)
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ rub (I use Penzey's BBQ 3000, but you could also make your own)
  • 3 cups of BBQ sauce (plus extra sauce stored separately to serve); you can find a recipe for my bbq sauce here
Pat your chicken breasts dry with paper towels, and then liberally add bbq rub and massage into chicken. Set aside.

Start your grill, and when the coals are hot, move all of them over to one side. This makes one "hot" side and one "cold" side (don't worry, the cold side isn't actually cold...just cooler than the hot side).

Place the chicken on the cold side of the grill, skin side down, and cook covered until skin starts to brown (about 15 - 20 minutes)*.

Flip chicken and move it to the middle of the grill. Start flipping and basting with bbq sauce every five minutes for 20 minutes...the chicken should start to get nice and sticky.

Move chicken to hot part of the grill, basting and flipping until chicken becomes crusted on the outside, and a meat thermometer inserted into breast reads 165.

Remove from heat and let rest for 5 - 10 minutes. Serve with extra sauce.


* You might need to do this in batches if you have a small charcoal grill

Printable Recipe


  1. I wonder if the crying was because he was still a bit drugged up...

    Our bulldog, Pig, had to wear one of those cones after he broke his toe. We put it on him one time and he was really mad. So, we took it off and any time he even looked at his wrap funny we pretended like we were going to put it on him. He never bothered the wrap again. Then, about 5 months later he got "fixed" and the cone came back out. He never had to have it on, we just threatened him with "the cone of shame".

    I really am just so happy that Kempton seems to have his personality back!

    Thanks for the update. I was thinking about you guys.

  2. Thanks Kara - I will definitely have to try the cone of shame trick :) lol.

    I posted a comment on your blog too, but I just wanted to let you know that I read your post about Daisy, and I'm thinking of you too.