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Apple-Butter Barbecued Roasted Chicken

I love cooking so much I sometimes think of recipes in my sleep and wake up to write them down! This dream-inspired dish is my family's favorite way to eat chicken. —Holly Kilbel, Akron, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce


  • Combine the salt, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne; sprinkle over chicken.
  • Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Pour half of the apple juice into another container and save for another use. With a can opener, poke additional holes in the top of the can. Holding the chicken with legs pointed down, lower chicken over the can so it fills the body cavity. Place chicken on grill rack over drip pan.
  • Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/2-2 hours or until a thermometer reads 180°. Combine apple butter and barbecue sauce; baste chicken occasionally during the last 30 minutes. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove chicken from can before carving.
Nutrition Facts
6 ounce-weight: 441 calories, 24g fat (7g saturated fat), 134mg cholesterol, 489mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 43g protein.

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  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Mar 29, 2018

    If you wait till internal temp reaches 180 degrees your chances of dry meat goes up greatly. Cook to 160 internal cover and it will rise to about 165 degrees, which is perfect. We did love everything about the taste. We regularly have apple butter Bar-B-Que sauce on hand for our chicken and pork recipes.

  • toolmanted
    Oct 21, 2016

    Stretch the breast and back skin, then apply the butter rub under the skin.Rub the whole body with olive oil and add your seasoning to the rub.

  • PenneyPike
    Oct 16, 2014

    Fabulous Recipe...well worth the time and effort of making your own Apple Butter which I found the recipe for from Taste of Home!

  • Nbell10
    Mar 15, 2014

    Would you be able to do this similar thing in a crockpot?

  • justmbeth
    Oct 13, 2013

    Great tasting grilled chicken. I used my beer can chicken grill pan instead of using apple juice can.

  • jeaninesteinmetz
    Sep 14, 2013

    I did this with chicken breasts...fabulous!

  • xname
    Sep 13, 2013

    To burgers76: Just use a pan big enough to catch the drippings from the chicken, and stand it up on the lower rack of your oven. Bake at 350 - 375 and it will come out about the same as indirect grilling. You could add a little liquid smoke to the apple juice or sauce, if that is the flavor you think you'd miss by not using a grill. I just got the recipe, so I will be trying it soon.

  • burgers76
    Sep 13, 2013

    Would love to try this recipe, but don't have a grill. I just have a countertop electric grill so its impossible. Too bad some of these great -sounding recipes aren't also shown for us older folks who don't use outdoor grills anymore

  • puffy401970
    Sep 12, 2013

    Love taste of home!!!!!!!!

    Aug 10, 2013

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