How to Make The Best Grilled Barbecue Chicken

My mom’s barbecue chicken is the best ever. I remember when I was single and living in Atlanta. I’d visit my family on the weekend and mom would always ask what I wanted for dinner on Friday night. It was always the same, Grilled Barbecue Chicken. And the bread has to be BBQ bread. Doesn’t really matter about the other sides as long as I have my two favorites.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken

My husband is the grill master at my house and he’s also a pro when it comes to grilled barbecue chicken. During the summer, we grill up some fresh corn on the cob, make a salad and try to find my favorite BBQ bread. It’s getting harder to find. In case you’ve never heard of this type bread, here you go. This was always mom’s signature bread whenever she made grilled barbecue chicken. And now it’s mine.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken There are as many different ways to grill chicken as there is to spell barbecue. My spelling happens to be the correct way and my husband’s grilled barbecue chicken is the best. The secret is to make sure the chicken is nice and tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Let’s Make Grilled Barbecue Chicken

We all like dark meat in our family so we usually grill leg quarters. You can use any bone-in chicken you like. If you’re grilling chicken breasts, they don’t need to cook as long. Use an instant read thermometer and when it reads 165º F, it’s done.

Preheat the grill on high and spray with a non-stick grill spray. Sear chicken for 2 minutes on each side. Turn the grill to low and cook chicken over direct heat for 30 minutes per side.

Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Ten minutes before the chicken is done, brush one side with barbecue sauce. Cook for five minutes and turn the chicken to baste the other side and cook for another five minutes. You’ll have tender, juicy chicken with a crisp skin on the outside. It’s finger licking good!

Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Grilled Barbecue Chicken


  • Chicken Quarters (or chicken of your choice)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • KC Masterpiece Hickory Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce


  1. Heat grill to high. Spray with a non-stick grill spray.
  2. Sear chicken on both sides for two minutes.
  3. Turn grill to low and using direct heat, cook for 30 minutes on each side.
  4. Baste both sides with barbecue sauce during the last 10 minutes and cook for 5 minutes per side.

What’s your favorite way to make chicken?


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  1. Yum! I am going to make this for a weekend cookout!

  2. We have used KC BBQ sauce before and really like the flavor. Will have to share with the hubby your chicken recipe. I let him do all the BBQ since he enjoys it so much.

  3. This looks so delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve had some good barbecue chicken. I need to make this!

  4. Your Barbeque chicken recipe looks absolutely amazing. We will be giving the KC Master Piece Brown Sugar Barbeque sauce a try. Those flavor combinations sound perfect.

  5. I am a total and utter sucker for bbq chicken and ribs, and your chicken looks absolutely amazing. How do you ensure that it doesn’t burn too much? That’s my biggest problem.

  6. I love love love BBQ Chicken! Where I used to work, we had a food truck come out every week. I would end up buying a bottle of their sauce to use when I made chicken thighs lol. Thanks for sharing!

  7. We are having grill chicken for dinner! I think I will try this recipe tonight because it sounds perfect!

  8. Love grilled bbq chicken. We have always used KC Masterpiece, until my daughter was diagnosed with a corn syrup allergy.

  9. Grilled bbq chicken is one of my faves BUT when it’s rainy or too cold to grill it, we fill the crockpot with drumsticks, cover with bbq sauce and cook on high for about 4-5 hrs. for delicious bbq chicken.

  10. I have not had grilled chicken all of this summer and I am sad about that, this looks absolutely delicious.

  11. Oh my how delicious do those look?? We are grilling almost everyday now that we feel summer slipping away and we can’t wait to try your recipe! Yum!

  12. Omg that chicken looks so yummy! I really need to ramp up my grilling skills. I’ve never heard of bbq bread. Is that more like Texas bread?

  13. Your grilled chicken recipe looks fantastic! This is one dish I have to make while the weather is still good for grilling. Thanks for sharing. My husband and kids would have happy tummies again when I make this for them.

  14. Wow, that chicken looks so delicious. I would love to try your recipe. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken.

  15. This is the kind of thing that looks easy, but I know it’s not! Undercooked – yuck. Overcooked – yuck. It’s hard to get it perfect and your husband’s really does look delicious.

  16. My husband is the griller around here, but I’m the menu planner! Cannot wait to give your BBQ chicken a try, it looks simple and delicious!

  17. You pretty much have it figured out! You will get perfect chicken every time if you do it this way.

  18. Grilled BBQ chicken is one of my summer favorites! We use a different method but yours looks AMAZING so I’m going to give it a try!

  19. That looks delicious! BBQ + chicken is my fave! I need to get my grandpa to grill this for me!

  20. I also love BBQ bread and grilled chicken combination. It is one of my ultimate comfort food.

    Will start using food thermometers. I am usually worried if my chicken is overcooked.

  21. Thanks for sharing this post with us. I am little bit interested to get more information about bbq recipices. I like to share my opinion on bbq recpices .Add 140g long grain riceand fry it until it turns translucent. To this, put around 2 garlic cloves finely chopped and then pour around 350g of vegetable stock.

  22. Hey Alli,
    I have one question. which grill do you use to Grilled Barbecue Chicken? Because I am using a smoker which is not good. And I want to know because I need new one.

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