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Grandma Barb’s Baked BBQ Chicken

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. Delicious!!!!! Will make again

  2. Thank you so very much for such a divalicious recipe. Made it last night for the family and they loved it! I had another recipe I had used for years and ran across this one when maker your cabbage recipe. I’m so glad I was able to bless my family with your version. A.k.a divamomfromrichmondca :)

  3. Great recipe! Everybody loved it!!! So easy to make and it tastes amazing. I used half the amount of water but a little extra sugar, it was great!

  4. Great recipe!! I loved the bbq sauce and so did everyone else. Next time I’ll use maybe half the water the recipe calls for, my only issue was that it was a little too thin but the flavor was still there and the chicken turned out amazing still

  5. Thank you Monique! This recipe is a keeper. I have made this chicken three times and every time it’s right on point! You are an awesome cook, thank you for sharing your grandma’s recipe.

  6. So I used this recipe and OMG talk about good bbq chicken! I actually decided to use the exact same thing with TURKEY LEGS in the CROCK POT for 8 hours and OMG. This is just the best bbq sauce and best recipe I have ever made. I truly am in love and make it literally every week because our farmers market has really good chicken legs for a dollar a pound sometimes so I stock up :D Thank you so much for sharing this recipe it literally changed our home and made chicken yummy! I actually am cooking a really late dinner right now!!!! :D

  7. i love this recipe! made it for the first time last night and it was a hit! I had my daughters (6 & 4yo) make the bbq sauce and the had a blast, pouring and mixing. Then, into the oven it went! (i did bake at 425 instead of 450) When this BBQ chicken came out, it smelled awesome, but tasted even better. My pickest eater (4yo) asked for seconds. This was an instant hit! Thank you so much for sharing
    SIDENOTE: i feel like a superhero, who knew i could make my OWN BBQ SAUCE?

  8. I honestly was wonder what all the hype was able because when I made mine the sauce was runny and it did not coat the chicken very well at all. This was after baking for over an hour. It was really just okay for me the night I cooked it then…

    I had it for leftovers the next day and boy oh boy was it DELICIOUS!!!!

    The BBQ sauce was sticky and so much more flavorful. Will definitely make it again and this time let the chicken cool a lot longer when I take it out the over before serving.

  9. Made this a few days ago and it was delicious! I never thought about making my own bbq sauce. Baked bbq chicken was never my favorite because it was just too saucy with the pre-made sauce. This sauce was perfect and my chicken was not saucy, but nice and sticky.

  10. I’ve made this recipe twice in one week and my husband is requesting I make it again this weekend. Even his co-workers who cook a lot were complimenting this chicken. So happy I found you on youtube. I’m a little chef now.

  11. left my last name on previous comment can that be adjusted? thanks

  12. I am a beginner when it comes to cooking. I am always trying new recipes and my husband usually hates them. I decided to use your recipe for bbq chicken and when my husband (very plain eater) saw the ingredients he said “I guess I’ll be ordering Pizza tonight.” I followed your recipe to the T adding water, and the chicken came out great!! When my husband ate the chicken he said “I am both shocked and surprised”, then he went back for seconds. No chicken left. lol. Thank you so much! I love the videos and pictures. I am not one to leave reviews but I had to thank you for the recipe. I will continue to use your site. :)

  13. I just tried this tonight for dinner and my partner absolutely loved this recipe. So you have officially got my partner not only hooked on your BBQ Sauce but he now likes chicken. All I have to say is that I loved it and it will be a regular from now on thank you so much for sharing this recipe and I will be defiantly be trying more of your other recipe’s.

  14. Really delicious. Sauce is great on rice. My 4 year old is gobbling up seconds…and me too. Thanks for this recipe!

  15. made this tonight, perfect barbeque chicken recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This recipe was good. It had a sort of strong tangy vinegar taste and was a little spicy to some of my family, but I will be making it again in the future its definitely a different BBQ chicken recipe :) instead of the same old thing all the time!

  17. I am learning how to cook and I made this last night. It was a HIT!! I enjoyed the sauce and so did my family. I also made your mac and cheese. Delish!!

    Thanks for the recipes. I’m hooked on your website now!! I’m going to be a lil chef sooner than I thought.

    P.S. Thanks for the videos.

  18. Made this over the weekend with some friends. We all loved it. Took the left overs to my parents, they loved it, too. Very easy to make and time was spot on. Chicken was done and juicy! Will make again.

  19. Hi Monique…Found your Website While Looking Up Cabbage Recipes….You Are the BOMB.COM GURRLLL!! Thanks for Doing this for us Kitchen Challenged Ladies….You Make Every Recipe So Easy and The Choice Of Foods are Right up my Alley…Was Wondering if you were Working on printing your Cookbooks and Selling them, I would most Definitely Buy Em All!!!

  20. thank you so much for the recipe, this is the best oven baked chicken recipe ever! realllyyy delicious!

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