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BBQ Chicken Marinade

BBQ Chicken Marinade is a quick and easy sauce to marinade chicken for grilling. The sauce adds delicious barbecue flavor and helps keep the chicken tender and juicy. 

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BBQ Chicken is a classic cookout dinner that everyone loves. This marinade is a great way to make flavorful chicken on the grill that is a guaranteed family pleaser. The marinade adds delicious bbq flavor with just a bit of sweetness and the slightest bit of heat. 

platter of grilled chicken tenders.

Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Marinade:

Chicken tenders in a bowl with jar of marinade.

  • Real Cane Syrup or Molasses
  • V8 Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Spicy Brown Mustard
  • Black Pepper
  • Hot Sauce
  • Chicken ~ Breasts, Tenders, Thighs or Drumsticks

closeup of plate with grilled chicken tenders, potato salad, biscuit.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Marinade:

  • In a saucepan, combine the cane syrup, V8 juice, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and hot sauce. Cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally until mixture comes to a low boil.
  • Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Marinate the Chicken:

Open zip top bag with chicken tenders and marinade poured over.

  • Pour 1 cup of cooled marinade over 2 pounds chicken in a zip top bag, squeezing out the excess air. Reserve the remaining marinade in the refrigerator for serving.

ziploc bag with marinating chicken tenders.

  • Turn the bag over several times, coating the chicken in the marinade.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

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Grilling Marinated Chicken:

Chicken tenders on a grill.

  • Prepare a grill fire to 350° using hickory or pecan for smoke flavor.
  • Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.
  • Place chicken over indirect fire and cook with the grill closed for 5 minutes.

Grilling chicken tenders.

Turn the chicken and continue to cook until chicken reaches 165°. 

We used chicken tenders for this recipe and they will cook much quicker than whole chicken breasts or thighs. Use a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken so that your chicken is cooked to the perfect temperature. 

overhead view: chicken tenders on a platter, bowl of potato salad, platter of biscuits.

  • Remove from heat and rest 5 minutes before serving. 
  • Serve chicken with reserved marinade if desired. 

How to Store and Reheat:

  • Marinade can be made in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.
  • Store grilled chicken in and airtight container up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat in a skillet with a few tablespoons of marinade over medium heat, turn after 3 minutes and continue to cook until heated through.

Plate of grilled chicken tenders, potatoes, biscuit.

More Delicious Marinades for Grilling:

platter of bbq chicken tenders, potato salad and biscuits.

Grilled chicken tenders are a quick and easy dinner for any night of the week and they turn out so tender, juicy and flavorful with this delicious BBQ Chicken Marinade. 

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Grilled chicken tenders on a round platter.
Yield: 6 Servings

BBQ Chicken Marinade

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

BBQ Chicken Marinade is a quick and easy sauce to marinade chicken for grilling. The sauce adds delicious barbecue flavor and helps keep the chicken tender and juicy. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Real Cane Syrup or Molasses
  • 1 cup V8 Juice
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders

Instructions

Prepare the Marinade

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cane syrup, V8 juice, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and hot sauce. Cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally until mixture comes to a low boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Marinate the Chicken:

  1. Pour 1 cup of cooled marinade over 2 pounds chicken in a zip top bag, squeezing out the excess air. Reserve the remaining marinade in the refrigerator for serving.
  2. Turn the bag over several times, coating the chicken in the marinade.
  3. Refrigerate 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Grilling Marinated Chicken:

  1. Prepare a grill fire to 350° using hickory or pecan for smoke flavor.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade.
  3. Place chicken over indirect fire and cook with the grill closed for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the chicken and continue to cook until chicken reaches 165°. 
  5. We used chicken tenders for this recipe and they will cook much quicker than whole chicken breasts or thighs. Use a digital meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken so that your chicken is cooked to the perfect temperature. 
  6. Remove from heat and rest 5 minutes before serving. 
  7. Serve chicken with reserved marinade if desired.

Notes

Marinade can be made in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.

Store grilled chicken in and airtight container up to 3 days. 

Reheat in a skillet with a few tablespoons of marinade over medium heat, turn after 3 minutes and continue to cook until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 787Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1418mgCarbohydrates: 115gFiber: 2gSugar: 84gProtein: 29g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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  1. This is such a perfect marinade recipe!! My family loves BBQ that’s why it’s a new staple at my kitchen!