Apple Sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team Published July 27, 2020

Making barbecue (BBQ) chicken takes flavored chicken on a whole other level. We’re bringing you the best bbq chicken recipe that you can enjoy at home. You can grill apples and serve them on the side, but marinating your chicken in apple-flavored mixture will definitely up your chicken bbq game.

Who would’ve thought that you can use apple juice concentrate for your chicken marinade? For this sweet bbq chicken recipe, we’ll keep it plain and simple. It might take a bit of your time, but we’re grilling chicken perfectly marinated in a sweet flavorful sauce so it’s worth it! This is the perfect weeknight meal and the highlight of your next BBQ party.

When making bbq chicken, the sauce and grilling are important because they make up the flavor of your chicken. We want to get that sweet and sour taste with a spicy touch. Meanwhile, grilling gives our chicken the classic smoky and roasted flavor that we never get tired of. In this recipe we’re mixing your favorite barbecue sauce with spices to create the ultimate marinade. If you feel like exploring other flavors, you’ll surely love our chicken recipes. Check them out and meet your new chicken favorites!

How To Make Apple Sweet BBQ Chicken

This sweet and spicy bbq chicken recipe soaks your chicken pieces in rich, flavorful and mildly spicy sweet and sour sauce that’s seasoned with spices.

  • 18 oz barbecue sauce
  • 3 cups apple juice concentrate
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 6 tbsp onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 lbs fryer chicken cut-up (skin removed if desired)
  1. In a small saucepan make the BBQ marinade by combining the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, pepper, and chili powder.
  2. Blend well then add in the garlic, onions, and parsley. Slowly add in the apple juice concentrate then mix well.
  3. Place chicken pieces inside a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 to 4 hours.
  4. When ready to grill, place the chicken skin side down, on a gas grill over medium heat or on a charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals.
  5. Cook for 25 to 35 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, turning often and brushing frequently with sauce during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.
  6. Bring any remaining sauce to a boil and serve over the chicken.

It is important to marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 4 hours. The longer we marinate the chicken, the better. While chilling your marinated chicken, flip the bag from side to side every few hours to make sure that they are evenly marinated.

How To Make Apple Sweet BBQ Chicken

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This sweet and spicy bbq chicken recipe soaks your chicken pieces in rich, flavorful and mildly spicy sweet and sour sauce that’s seasoned with spices.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 35 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 18 oz barbecue sauce
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled & bruised
  • cup red onions, halved
  • 2 tbsps barbeque seasoning of your choice
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks

To serve:

  • Either or combination of the following: corn muffins, sauteed corn, roasted or grilled corn-on-the-cob, sauteed green beans, stewed beans, & or coleslaw
  • Reduced marinade

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees Farenheit. Grease & line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Puree all the ingredients until smooth
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine chicken drumsticks & the marinade until evenly incorporated.
  4. Seal, and transfer to a chilled area. Marinate the drumsticks for at least 2 hours, no more than 4 hours.
  5. When ready to roast, place the chicken drumsticks with a little space in between each other. Reserve at least 1½ cups of the marinade
  6. Transfer to the oven & bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, turning often and brushing frequently with the remaining marinade.
  7. While chicken are roasting, transfer the reserved marinade into a sauce pot & bring mixture to a simmer
  8. Reduce the marinade until thickened, roughly 10-15 minutes
  9. When drumsticks are cooked, serve immediately with your choice of accompaniments, together with the reduced sauce.

Recipe Notes

It is important to marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 4 hours. The longer we marinate the chicken, the better. While chilling your marinated chicken, flip the bag from side to side every few hours to make sure that they are evenly marinated.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 117mg
  • Calories: 458kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 66g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Potassium: 645mg
  • Protein: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 1011mg
  • Sugar: 53g
  • Vitamin A: 762IU
  • Vitamin C: 4mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

How do I properly cook my BBQ chicken?

If you’ll be using a gas grill, maintain the flame on one side of the grill and place your chicken pieces to the cooler side. So you shouldn’t be cooking it directly over the flame. Keep the temperature low or medium low between 250 degrees F and 275 degrees F. Cover the grill and cook your chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.

What are the best side dishes that go well with barbeque chicken?

You can have different kinds of salad as your side dish to your BBQ chicken, like asparagus salad, corn salad, potato salad, cucumber salad, and broccoli salad, just to name a few.

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Conclusion

Here’s an easy grilled chicken recipe that soaks your chicken to the bone in a flavorful sweet and spicy sauce. We slowly grill them making their white meat juicy and silky. It’s crazy good and reheating leftovers gives you the same taste and flavor! You can serve it with salad or chop and serve it in a wrap. Impress your friends and the whole family with this apple sweet bbq chicken recipe that you’d want to make over and over again!

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