Grandma Barb’s Baked BBQ Chicken

I grew up on a lot of bbq chicken recipes. Just like macaroni and cheese, it seems like everyone in my family has their own way of preparing baked bbq chicken. This is my grandma Barb’s recipe. I feature a lot of her down home, tried and true recipe son this site, like her fluffy yeast rolls, moist cream cheese pound cake and cornbread dressing to name  few. They never disappoint which is why I’ve been begging her to create a cookbook.

This bbq chicken recipe is pretty easy. It’s super juicy and tender. Grandmother would whip this up on weekdays and serve it with roasted corn, stove-top mac n cheese, yeast rolls, green beans and of course some good ol’ fashioned, ice cold sweet tea to wash it all down. Ahhhh…to be a child again. I didn’t know how good I had it!

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This bbq chicken recipe isn’t saucy like your typical baked barbecue chicken. The homemade bbq sauce is thin and bakes right into the chicken as it cooks.  This isn’t a very bold style sauce which makes pair up great with just about any side dish. It has that nice taste of tangy, sweet BBQ flavor without being too overpowering (not that I would ever complain about an overpowering bbq sauce)

Out of all the baked BBQ chicken recipes I make, my son seems to like this one the best. I guess because it’s not to spicy or smokey.

Watch me make this easy, baked bbq chicken recipe from start to finish!


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Grandma Barb's Baked BBQ Chicken
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  • 1 small chicken, cut up (5 lbs)
  • garlic pepper seasoning
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup water (I don't always add water but in the video I did, forgot to mention)
  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Place chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet and season both sides generously with garlic pepper seasoning.
  3. Mix all of the remaining ingredients in a bowl to create the bbq sauce.
  4. Place the sauce in the microwave to melt the butter if needed.
  5. Cover both sides of the chicken with bbq sauce.
  6. Bake skin side up for 40-45 minutes, basting with the bbq sauce every 15 minutes.
  7. Turn the oven to broil for the last two minutes of baking and broil for 1-2 minutes to crisp up the skin. Watch it carefully.
  8. Remove from oven and let chicken rest for about 5-7 minutes before serving.
~TIPS~ For a more smokey flavor, sprinkle the chicken with hickory salt or liquid smoke before baking. Be careful not to over cook. Depending on the size of your chicken, you may need to adjust the cooking times.



  1. Angela says

    Your recipes are thee bomb Monique!!thanks soo much. Next time I’ll use only 2tsp of the salt though.. Kind of overpowers with the full 3.. But anywhose still out of the park and so juicy and flavorful

  2. BriAnna Miller says

    Made this for my boyfriend along with the souther style greens and some easy mashed potatoes. Made him the strawberry shortcake squares for desert! He loved it!! I love your recipes. I’m about to make some more of that BBQ sauce, so he can make the chicken himself when I leave town. Thank you!

  3. Kammie says

    SOOO good!!!!! all I can say is thank you girl! Just mad it tonight along with the spicy salmon which was also BOMB too!!!!

  4. Kimmie says

    This is my to go bbq recipe. I’ve tried this many times and did not change anything. Its always delicious. Its a keeper. Thank you!

  5. Brittany says

    Yasssss I did this for me and my man this Thanksgiving and he loved it.He was watching the football game while watching it and he loved.So did I.!

  6. says

    I enjoy cooking anyways but my baby sister live by all your recipes. So I’ve been trying them and all I can say is you guys r the bomb. Com spiced up all my favorite dishes. I’m a real fan

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