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grilled bbq chicken

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Rhonda Titus

This is a general recipe for juicy grilled chicken that can be changed by the spices you use. You can use basic BBQ flavored spices or go with a Greek, Indian, Italian, or Mexican profile just by changing the spices you add.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Everyone will be impressed with this juicy BBQ chicken. It's moist, flavorful, and easy to make. The brine tenderizes and seasons the chicken so the meat has a nice flavor all the way through. Quickly flipping the chicken a few times helps to hold in the juices so it has time to bake without drying out. Basting with your favorite barbecue sauce at the end adds a pop of flavor. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 12 Hr
cook time 45 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For grilled bbq chicken

  • 5 lb
    whole chicken
  • 8 c
  • 1/2 c
    Kosher salt
  • 1/2 c
    white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
    chicken spice blend
  • 1/2 c
    bbq sauce

How To Make grilled bbq chicken

  • Chicken cut in half.
    Cut chicken in half.
  • Preparing the brine.
    Prepare brine by combining warm water, salt, sugar, and 2 Tbsp of chicken spice (reserving the other 1 Tbsp for later). Let the brine cool.
  • Chicken halves placed in the brine.
    Place chicken halves in brine and refrigerator overnight. Try to get at least an 8 hr soak.
  • Chicken removed from the brine and seasoned.
    Remove chicken from brine, no need to rinse. Place on tray and season with remaining spices .
  • Chicken placed on the grill.
    Place chicken bone down on hot grill preheated to 350.
  • Turning the chicken as it cooks.
    Turn over a few times (just to get good grill marks on the skin side but do not burn).
  • Cooking until chicken is 165 degrees.
    Cook until temp reaches 165-170.
  • Basting chicken with barbecue sauce.
    Baste with BBQ sauce for 5 min. Remove chicken and let sit for 10 min. Total cooking time about 45 min depending on grill temp.