We've served the chicken with a simple mix of rice and beans; a
green salad would also be nice. Mop sauce, a Southern barbecue
favourite, is brushed onto meat while it's grilling to baste it and
300 gm(1½ cups) long-grain rice400 gmcanned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed2spring onions, thinly sliced1butterflied chicken (about 1.6kg), at room temperature1 kgokraTo taste:lime juice and corianderMop sauce60 ml(¼ cup) malt vinegar½small onion, finely grated2 tbspbrown sugar1 tbspmolasses1 tbspWorcestershire sauce2garlic cloves, finely chopped
Heat a barbecue or char-grill pan to high heat. Place rice in a saucepan, cover with cold water by 2cm, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and cook until all water is absorbed (15-20 minutes). Set aside covered for 10 minutes. Mix with red kidney beans and spring onion, season to taste and keep warm.
For mop sauce, combine ingredients in a bowl.
Make a few slashes in the chicken breast and legs and grill chicken, starting bone-side down, brushing occasionally with mop sauce, until chicken is half-cooked (12 minutes). Turn chicken, baste well, and grill, basting occasionally, until charred and cooked through (5-7 minutes) and internal temperature is 74C. Add okra to the grill when you turn the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until tender (7 minutes). Chop chicken into pieces, squeeze on lime juice and serve with okra, and rice and beans topped with coriander.