Barbecue Chicken Recipes

Best ideas for barbecuing chicken

Nothing beats the great taste of barbecued chicken on a summer day. Luckily, there are about as many barbecue chicken recipes out there to try are there are days in a year. Here are a few tips for unique BBQ chicken recipes:

  • Apple honey sauce: Combine 1/3 cup apple jelly, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard and 1/2 tsp cinnamon for a sweet, savory sauce.
  • Balsamic and red wine glaze: Combine 2 cloves minced garlic, 4 tbsp chopped rosemary, 2 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp sea salt, 5 tbsp olive oil, 3/4 cup dry red wine and 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar for a zesty glaze.

The best barbecued chicken recipes are made even better by using proper grilling techniques. Before you barbecue your chicken, make sure to oil the grill lightly, preheat it to high then turn it down to medium-low before putting the meat on.

Barbecue Beer Can Chicken

Beer can chicken is one of the most famous barbecue recipes out there. To enjoy the best barbecue beer can chicken, try these tips for a tender, juicy treat:

  • Wash and salt the whole chicken, or season it with a spice rub.
  • Drink half a can of beer, cut the top off of the can and add any spices you like. Try adding garlic, cayenne or cumin to the beer.
  • Place the chicken on the beer can and make sure the chicken will stand up before you put it on the grill.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat (about 325 F) and put the chicken on the grill, making sure the lid will close properly.
  • Rotate the chicken 180 F every 30 minutes to achieve even cooking.
  • The chicken's internal temperature should reach 175 F when cooked through.

The whole process should take about two and a half hours, and the result will be a mouthwateringly delicious roasted chicken fresh from your own barbecue. This is a perfect recipe to try with outdoor grills.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza Recipe

Our quick and easy barbecue chicken pizza recipe will leave you wishing you could combine barbecue and pizza more often! Simply grill chicken breasts with your choice of barbecue sauce then set aside.

Prepare your pizza dough (or use a frozen shell) and spread your chosen barbecue sauce on as if it were a tomato-based pizza sauce. Slice chicken breasts, red onion, and grate cheese, then top your crust any way you like. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F and enjoy two great food traditions – barbecue chicken and pizza – all in one.

Barbecue Rotisserie Recipes

If you're planning a meal to impress summer dinner guests, consider preparing a barbecued rotisserie chicken. By placing the chicken on a rotisserie above your grill, fat can drain away, leaving you with a healthier roast chicken with every bit as much flavor but fewer calories from fat. Try a seasoning rub for the outside of the chicken, or baste it every 20 minutes using a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Better yet, insert garlic cloves and lemon under the skin to infuse the meat with more flavor. The best part of barbecue rotisserie recipes is the easy preparation and cleanup – no dishes and no baked-on residue!

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