Classic BBQ Chicken

Classic BBQ Chicken

  • By Jackie Sun
  • June 29, 2014

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: BBQ Chicken #recipeAh, July 4th…a great excuse to bust out the grill and fire up some delicious, chargrilled meals. Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to get the grill going, but the weather is not always grill-weather here in the Bay Area. We have had our share of windy 4th of July barbecues, or picnics that required jackets, despite standing next to the grill!

So whenever we can fire up the grill, we’re all for it. Wind, sun, whatever we’re getting this weekend, we are going to barbecue and celebrate this holiday!

And because we are celebrating July 4th, we thought we would share a new recipe with everyone. Not yet seen on our meal plans, this delicious BBQ chicken was created just for the 4th of July and good grill times.

BBQ Chicken #recipe via @CookSmarts
This is a classic and simple barbecue recipe. No extra fuss, no special marinating times, or ingredients that you don’t already have in the pantry. Just pop open your grill (or head over to your local park and heat up the grill), throw on some tenderized chicken, baste with homemade barbecue sauce, and enjoy in less than 30 minutes.

With a quick and easy recipe like this one, you won’t have to slave away at the grill, while everyone else is digging into a healthy potato salad, tasty chipotle burgers, and refreshing watermelon.

The key is to keep things simple and use trusted, go-to recipes, so that you can join in on the fun.

With that said, Cheers! Happy July 4th!

Prepping Smarts:

Check out our tip to tenderizing chicken, so that you can get maximum flavor:


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Equipment Smarts:

Outdoor BBQ’s call for delicious grilled meals. An outdoor gas grill is very easy to use and convenient for recipes like this one.

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Classic BBQ Chicken

It's time to heat up the grill and celebrate the 4th of July with a simple, but flavorful grilled BBQ chicken! You'll want to make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, because this chicken is finger-lickin' good.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 25 min

Total time: 30 min

Serves: 4


  • Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
  • Ketchup - 6 tbsp
  • Apple cider vinegar - 2 tbsp
  • Hot sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard - 1 tbsp
  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken - 3 lbs.



  1. Make BBQ sauce – Mince garlic. Combine with ketchup, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, and mustard. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead).
  2. Chicken – Season and tenderize with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)


  1. Divide BBQ sauce into two bowls – one bowl will be for basting (or brushing) while grilling. The other bowl will be for after grilling.
  2. Chicken on outdoor grill: Preheat grill to 500 degrees. Once grill hits 500, dip a paper towel into oil, and using tongs, rub paper towel against your grill grates. Place chicken on hot, oiled grill grates, and grill on each side for ~8 minutes with the lid closed. You want to keep the temperature at ~400 degrees. Now brush with BBQ sauce on both sides and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes (or until chicken reaches 165 degrees) with lid closed. Flip once during this time. Remove from grill.
  3. Enjoy BBQ chicken with sliced watermelon and other BBQ favorites


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