All-American Barbeque Chicken

Oh my gosh, guys.  Oh. My. Gosh.

I did not intend to post this recipe.

I wasn’t planning on photographing a single thing Sunday night as we sat down to dinner, but then…

…we took a bite of this chicken.


So I quickly snapped one shot to share with you guys and then went back to shoving my face full of this messy, saucy, wonderfulness.

I’m not sure if it was the Tall Boy’s fabulous grilling skills or what, but this chicken might have been the best I’ve ever eaten.  And I’ve eaten a lot of chicken, let me tell you what.  I’d made a very simple (like four ingredient simple) marinade earlier in the day, threw my chicken in a ziploc bag in the fridge and forgot about it until grilling time.  I’d planned to use some bottled barbeque sauce for basting and serving, but then I decided to try my hand at making my own sauce.

Holy macaroni, I’m glad I did.

I’ll preface this by saying that the sauce took a little while to make.  Well, the actual preparation took no time at all…it’s just that the sauce needs to simmer for around an hour or so.  But it’s so, so worth it.  No joke.  Make this for your Fourth of July cookout, and then come thank me later.

All-American Barbeque Chicken
  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken breasts or thighs
For the marinade:
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
For the Barbeque Sauce:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (to taste)
  1. Place chicken in a ziploc bag. Combine your marinade ingredients in a small bowl, then pour over chicken. Marinate 6 hours, or up to overnight, turning occasionally.
For the sauce:
  1. Combine water, onion, butter, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Return to boiling, then reduce heat and simmer for 50 to 60 minutes.
  3. Use sauce for basting the chicken during the last 10 minutes of grilling. Serve chicken with remaining sauce.
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Tailgating Issue, 2011

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  1. Okay, I need to try this. BBQ chicken is amazing, and my kid will actually eat it. Pinning!
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  2. Gotta love an old CLASSIC bbq chicken recipe! Loving all the bbq party stuff goin’ on here this week Ashley!! bbq chicken is my favorite – I even requested it be my bday dinner last month!
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  3. yum! don’t you love it when a recipe that you didn’t expect to be amazing turns out to be incredible?! i love it when that happens. =) sounds delicious!
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  4. Oh man. So here’s a little random backup story: I usually dislike chicken. I dunno if it’s the texture or the (usual) blandness or what, but I could pretty much become a vegetarian if it weren’t for pulled pork, crab, turkey, or seriously–barbeque chicken. I love it so! It always gets so perfectly crispy and chargrilled, and the sauce–OH THE SAUCE. And now you’re making homemade BBQ sauce?! Give it to me in a bottle, girl!! Oh.My.Gawd.I.Want.That.Sauce. Making this and pinning ASAP.
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  5. OH you know that The Tall boy can Grill up a mean Pork Chop and juicy Chicken Breast but I know, I just Know that the STAR of the show was the amazing Sauce that mommy Ashley Made!!! Yum-O!!!!
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  6. Shirley says:

    This looks like the perfect July 4 meal. I’ll be making this.

  7. I love a mean bbq sauce on chicken!!! Hooray for an awesome meal!!!
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  8. I love the flavours in both the marinade and the BBQ sauce – thank you so much for sharing the recipe after all! If you have time, I’d love it if you would share this post with us at The Gallery of Favorites, which is live on my blog now.
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  9. This looks soo tasty and mouth-watering. Glad you tried it…now I can too. =) Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

  10. Your barbecued chicken looks amazing! I love that you made your sauce from scratch when it is so easy to open a bottle. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Gallery of Favorites.

  11. Hi, could you please tell me what temperature and how much time should be used if baked in the oven? Thank you.

    • Hi Tammy! If you’re baking these in the oven, I’d bake them at 350 for approximately 30 minutes, or until they are no longer pink in the middle. It might take a little longer than that, depending on the size and thickness. Hope that helps!

  12. Love this recipe. Looks really good. Thanks for posting.


  13. I always forget to marinade my chicken for the grill and it’s always so dry! I will have to try my hand at it again! Homemade bbq sauce is the best! Now that I’ve been making it myself the past few years I just can’t seem to enjoy the bottled stuff nearly as much…I have a spicy/sweet jack daniels sauce…mmmm…delicious! Your chicken looks so good I may just have to try it this week! Jess
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    • I’m not always the best about remembering to marinade ahead of time, either. But it’s always so much better when I do! 🙂 Hope you give this a try…the BBQ sauce is a little time consuming, but SO worth it!

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