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Old fashione bbq chicken and sauce

Old Fashion BBQ Chicken and Sauce

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 - 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 80 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


This old fashioned bbq chicken recipe includes a great rub and a phenomenal bbq sauce!


  • 1 cut up chicken (I usually cut each breast into two pieces)


  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 T paprika
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T black pepper
  • 1 t salt


  • 6 T ketchup
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 T Worcestershire
  • 6 T brown sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/2 t celery seed (the secret ingredient)
  • 4 T melted butter


Chicken Rub:
  • Mix all ingredients together. Rub all over chicken and let sit as long as you can. Overnight works, too.
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Mix all ingredients together and set aside in refrigerator until ready to use. (I usually make a double batch because I love this stuff!)
Cooking the chicken:
  • Preheat grill to high. When ready to cook chicken, turn off one side of the grill.
  • Place chicken on grill with dark meat toward the hotter part of the grill. Cook low and slow. Total cooking time is about one hour but after about 45 minutes, start checking your chicken. I always use a meat thermometer.
  • When it is close to ready, brush with sauce. Shut the grill and let this cook for a few more minutes. Brush again until the chicken is cooked to your liking. Brush with sauce, shut grill lid, and let it kind of melt in. You can turn it over if you like a few blackened spots. This can take about 5 minutes.
  • Serve leftover sauce on the side. White meat usually cooks the fastest. If this happens, place it on the grill side that is turned off, to keep it warm.


Make sure chicken is at room temperature before placing on the grill. Otherwise the chicken will take longer to cook.

Times below do not include time for the chicken to marinate.

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