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Rip's Tarragon Butter Baste

Make this baste and slather your chicken with it as it cooks over live coals.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Baste for Grilled Chicken
Cuisine American


  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 3-finger pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 stick butter, cut into 5 chunks
  • 1 tablespoon mince tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder


  • Combine the lime juice and salt in a small sauté or sauce pan then set over high heat. Just as the juice begins to simmer, add the butter a chunk at a time, swirling continuously until the butter is completely melted. Add the remaining ingredients and remove from the heat.
  • This will make enough baste for one whole chicken. My dad bought spit broilers, but you can also cut the chicken up or spatchcock it, a word he'd have loved.
Keyword baste, butter, butter chicken, tarragon