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Barbecued Chicken

A tender and savory barbecued chicken recipe leaving your guests begging for seconds! Finish this chicken off in the oven to make life easier!
Spice recipe adapted from Chef John All Recipes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Marinating Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July, Barbecued Chicken, Grill, Memorial day, summer
Author: Jurga


  • 1 whole chicken, cut up, approximately 4-5 pounds OR 4-5 pounds of your favorite chicken pieces
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup Gr8 Barbecue Sauce, or as needed


  • Whisk rice vinegar, 2 Tablespoons barbecue sauce, and garlic together in a large bowl.
  • Place chicken, skin-side down, in the bottom of the marinade bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat.
  • Take a few paper towels and fold them several times to make a square. Blot a small amount of oil on the paper towel and carefully wipe the hot grates of the grill to make a nonstick surface.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and cayenne pepper and set aside.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, pat the chicken dry with paper towels, and discard the marinade.
  • Place chicken pieces, skin side up, on a plate and on all sides, season with the seasoning mixture.
  • Cook the chicken, skin-side down, on the preheated grill for 3-4 minutes, or until grill marks appear.
  • Turn the heat down to medium heat. Turn chicken over, close the lid of the grill, and cook, basting with barbecue sauce every 5 minutes, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 35-40 minutes.
  • Check for doneness after 30-35 minutes with an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat, near the bone should read 160º for breasts and 170º for thighs.
  • Serve with extra sauce.


Gr8 Tip:
If finishing off the chicken in the oven, preheat the oven to 375º F. Follow steps 1-8. Transfer the grill marked chicken to a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake the chicken for 15 - 20 minutes, remove it from the oven and then brush liberally with the barbecue sauce and return to the oven for 20 to 30 more minutes, basting the chicken for a second time half way through remaining cooking time.
For extra crispy, charred chicken, place under the broiler for a few seconds. Watch it closely...because of the sugar content, it only takes seconds to go from brick-red to solid black. The chicken is done when the inside temperature reaches 160º for breasts, 170º for thighs.
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