The 4th. of July is surely a day for barbecuing. So what are you grilling on Independence Day? Tired of the same old same old? Why not grill some finger licking good Barbecued Chicken?
Barbecued Chicken is one of my summer favorites and it took me a while to figure out how those barbecue joints make their delicious barbecues. Was it the sauce? Or is there a marinade? Well, after much searching I found out it takes both! Yup a really good rub AND a really good sauce is what it takes for some restaurant style Barbecue. Click here for my Basic BBQ Chicken Rub you’re going to need it to make your Best Ever Barbecued Chicken this weekend!
So really there are 3 steps to making the Best Ever Barbecued Chicken:
- Rub the chicken parts with my Basic BBQ Chicken Rub and let rest AT LEAST 30 minutes and not more than 24 hours in the refrigerator. (Use 1/4 of the BBQ Chicken Rub for 8-9 pieces of chicken. Drizzle 2 Tbs. Olive Oil on the chicken parts then massage the rub into each piece making sure it’s completely covered. I use boneless chicken thighs but you can use any part or parts you like. The rub works better on skinless parts so I’d advise you to remove the skin. Place chicken in ziplock bag and let rest for at least 30 minutes and no more than 24 hours. If using chicken that has been resting in the fridge for more than 30 minutes place chicken on counter 30 minutes before grilling so that temperature goes down to room temp.)
- Grill the marinated chicken perfectly. Click here for grilling tips.
- Baste chicken with my yummy homemade Barbecue Sauce – baste the last 2 minutes for grilling and after the chicken is cooked – you can also serve barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.
So here’s my super yummy Homemade Barbecue Sauce. The recipe makes about 2 quarts. I keep the sauce in quart sized mason jars in the fridge. It keeps for about 3 months.
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4 Cups Ketchup
1 Cup Blackstrap Molasses
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar – Packed
1/2 Cup Seedless Blackberry Preserves
2/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together until preserves are no longer lumpy.
Simmer 10 – 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and use or transfer to jars for storing.