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The Best Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Super Moist Grilled Barbecue Chicken

The secret to this moist grilled barbecue chicken is brining the meat at least 2 hours (for boneless chicken) to overnight (for bone-in chicken) prior to cooking. You can use this brine for bone-in or boneless chicken prior to adding your rub, marinade or seasoning.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 343kcal
Author Amee


  • Simple Brine for Chicken 
  • 3 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken I like a combination of breasts and drumsticks
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and slightly smashed 
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Mom's Homemade Barbecue Sauce
  • cup chopped onion
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 oz can tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoon natural brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 dash hot sauce


  • Brine the Chicken:Combine all ingredients in a large ziploc bag placed into a deep bowl.  
  • Add chicken and seal bag, letting out as much air as possible.  Brine for at least 2 hours (for boneless chicken) or overnight (for bone-in).  
  • Rinse chicken thoroughly and pat dry.
  • For Barbecue Sauce:In a saucepan, cook onion and garlic in oil until tender over medium heat, about 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  
  • Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Makes 1.5 cups of sauce.  
  • Grilling Directions for Bone-In Chicken:Preheat grill on high heat, then lower to medium temp.
  • Place chicken on grill and cook for about 20 minutes to sear and crisp the skin, turning occasionally.  
  • Baste chicken with sauce and cook an additional 15 minutes, continuing to turn to evenly coat all sides.  


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 2775mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg