Barbecue Chicken

We are working our way right along to a great Independence Day Celebration!  We have our side dish, and our dessert, now it’s time for the main event!

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Barbecue Chicken!

I love a good grilled chicken recipe, and this one does not disappoint.  To start, we need to mix up some all-purpose grill seasoning.

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Just mix together some salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder and a little brown sugar.  This seasoning is great on any meat you are going to throw on the grill-chicken, pork, beef, even fish!  And it keeps in an air tight container for a few weeks, so you don’t have to worry about using it all at one time.  You can even make extra to keep on hand!  

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Next, you want to rinse your chicken pieces and pat them dry.  I used legs today, but you can use any pieces you want, white or dark meat.   I prefer bone-in, skin on for this.

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Rub your chicken with some vegetable oil and a few spoonfuls of your seasoning mixture.  Let the chicken sit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to soak up some of that flavor!

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Preheat your grill to high and toss the chicken pieces on. 

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After just a couple of minutes, you should have some nice grill marks.  At this point, turn the grill down very low and flip the chicken over.  If you leave it too high, the outside of the chicken will burn before the inside has time to cook.  Flip your chicken every 5 minutes or so until it is cooked through.   I let these legs cook for about 20 minutes, but if you have large breast pieces, you will need to cook yours longer.  Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken is cooked through.  165 degrees is where you’ll want to be.

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Then, take a little of your favorite barbecue sauce and put it in a small bowl.  Mine happens to be Sweet Baby Rays, but use your favorite, or you can even use a homemade sauce!

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Brush the fully cooked chicken with a nice layer of sauce. 

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Flip it over and brush the other side.  Let the chicken cook for a minute or two on each side to get the sauce a little caramelized and “stuck” on the chicken.  You want to add it at this stage, and not before the chicken is cooked,  so that it doesn’t burn.

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 Then, it is time to eat!

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Don’t forget to serve this with plenty of napkins.  After all, barbecue chicken is best eaten with your hands!

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All-Purpose Grill Seasoning

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  • 1 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients until evenly mixed. 
  2. Store seasoning in an air tight container for up to 6 weeks.
  3. Use to season your favorite meats or vegetables for grilling.


Barbeque Chicken

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  • 1 tbsp All purpose grill seasoning (see above)
  • 2 lbs chicken pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Rinse your chicken pieces and pat them dry.
  2. Seasoning chicken with grill seasoning and vegetable oil.  Rub this mixture into the chicken, and under the skin.
  3. Let chicken marinate for 15-20 minutes, or longer.
  4. Preheat grill to high heat.
  5. Place chicken pieces on the grill.  Grill for 4-5 minutes, until nice grill marks form.
  6. Flip chicken pieces over and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  7. Continue cooking and flipping chicken until it is cooked through.  Time will depend on the chicken pieces you use.  Use a meat thermometer to ensure that chicken is fully cooked (165 degrees).
  8. After chicken has cooked, brush your favorite barbecue sauce on the surface of the chicken pieces.
  9. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes per side.
  10. Serve with extra sauce and plenty of napkins!

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