Southern Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Southern Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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Nothing says Texas like outdoor grilling. And summer is a prime time for patio picnics featuring my barbecued chicken. Guests are surprised to find the basis for my "mystery marinade" is simply vinegar and oil. —Revonda Stroud, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool.
  2. Pour 1-2/3 cups marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
  3. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Place skin side down over pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 20-25 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southern Barbecued Chicken in Country Woman May/June 2005, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"My husband's absolute fave for chicken!"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"My family really liked this recipe. I like it that you don't have to worry about anything surgary in the sauce burning. However, I left out the hot sauce, as I don't like it and it drowns out all the other flavors. Also I didn't have enough cider vinegar and substituted champagne vinegar. Just about any kind of vinegar can be used. As to the cooking method, I just put the chicken pieces around the edge of the briquets, and they only took about 25 minutes to cook."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2009

"we loved this dish"

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