Apple Sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe

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!

Apple Sweet BBQ Chicken Recipe

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.

Prep: 5 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins


  • 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 and bruised
  • cup red onions, halved
  • 2 tbsps barbeque seasoning of your choice
  • 2 lb 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


  1. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees F. Grease and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Puree all the ingredients until smooth.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine chicken drumsticks and 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 3 cups of the marinade.

  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, turning often and brushing frequently with the remaining marinade.

  7. While the chicken is roasting, transfer the reserved marinade into a saucepot and bring the mixture to a simmer.

  8. Reduce the marinade until thickened, roughly 10 to 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.


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

Frequently 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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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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