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BBQ Whole Chicken

Grilled BBQ Whole Chicken is an easy recipe that turns out tender and juicy without brining or a fancy dry rub. A surefire winner for any day of the week.

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2 whole bbq chickens on a sheet pan.

Grilling whole chickens is one of our go-to recipes for the weekend. We usually do a spicy chicken brine with dry rub and it’s so delicious. For this recipe we decided to try a short cut method that has the most barbecue flavor.

Ingredients For BBQ Chicken

  • Whole Chicken – We generally do 2 – 3 whole chickens at a time so that we can meal prep for easy meals throughout the week.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce – or your favorite sauce.

Step By Step Directions to Grill BBQ Whole Chicken

Spooning bbq sauce under the skin of whole chicken.
  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Loosen the skin and spoon bbq sauce under the skin, spreading it across the breast and thighs. 2 Whole chickens, trussed.
  2. Truss the chicken and season the skin with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare a grill fire to 300° using hickory or pecan for smoke flavor. 2 whole chickens on a grill.
  4. Place chickens on the grill over indirect fire. Cook with the lid closed for about 1 hour. 2 smoky chickens on a grill.
  5. Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature. Brushing bbq sauce on whole chicken.
  6. When chicken gets to about 150°, brush with bbq sauce. Whole bbq chicken on a grill.
  7. Continue to cook with the grill closed until chicken reaches 165° in the thickest part of the thigh close to the bone. Sheet pan with 2 bbq whole chickens.
  8. Remove from grill and rest 20 minutes before serving.
BBQ Chicken on a platter.

How to Store and Reheat

  • Store cooled chicken in a zip top bag or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Freeze in a freezer bag or a vacuum seal bag up to 3 months.
  • Reheat chicken in a skillet with additional bbq sauce over medium heat, stir occasionally until heated through.
Platter of bbq chicken.

Try this grilled BBQ Whole Chicken recipe for the best bbq chicken you’ve ever tasted!

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BBQ whole chickens on a sheet pan.
Yield: 2 Whole Chickens

Whole BBQ Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Grilled BBQ Whole Chicken is an easy recipe that turns out tender and juicy without brining or a fancy dry rub. A surefire winner for any day of the week.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Loosen the skin and spoon bbq sauce under the skin, spreading it across the breast and thighs.
  2. Truss the chicken and season the skin with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare a grill fire to 300° using hickory or pecan for smoke flavor.
  4. Place chickens on the grill over indirect fire. Cook with the lid closed for about 1 hour.
  5. Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature.
  6. When chicken gets to about 150°, brush with bbq sauce.
  7. Continue to cook with the grill closed until chicken reaches 165° in the thickest part of the thigh close to the bone.
  8. Remove from grill and rest 20 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Store cooled chicken in a zip top bag or airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
  • Freeze in a freezer bag or a vacuum seal bag up to 3 months.
  • Reheat chicken in a skillet with additional bbq sauce over medium heat, stir occasionally until heated through.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 643mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 41g

    Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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    Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce in a jar with a wooden spoon
    Yield: 3 1/2 cups

    Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe

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

    Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is a quick and easy homemade sauce for grilling or dipping. It's thick and rich with tons of garlic, molasses and a tangy apple cider vinegar kick. 

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups ketchup
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup molasses
    • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
    • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

    Instructions

    1. Add all ingredients to a heavy saucepan and place over medium heat.
    2. Whisk to combine and stir frequently, bringing mixture to a boil.
    3. Lower to simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, continuing to stir often.
    4. Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 months.

    Notes

    Baste over grilled burgers, pork chops, ribs or chicken. Great as a dipping sauce.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    30

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 227mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

    Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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