Juicy Grilled BBQ Chicken

This go-to BBQ recipe combines salt and sugar in a brine fills this juicy grilled BBQ chicken with tons of flavors as you can add garlic and spices.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Leah @ Beyer Beware


  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 5-10 dashes of Tobasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne optional
  • 3-4 pounds of chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • 1 cup your favorite bbq sauce


  1. Start with bringing a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 3 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Toss in 3 chopped cloves of garlic cloves and then pour in 1/2 cup of salt and 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Turn off the heat. Then wait for it to cool down a bit.
  2. Then grab your choice of seasonings. Here are a few of the items I tossed into the cooled vinegar mixture. I added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and two teaspoons of the rest. I added about 10 dashes of Tabasco.
  3. Add four more cups of ice cold water or ice itself to the mixture once the seasonings are dissolved.
  4. Drop your chicken in a gallon zipper bag and power the vinegar brine over top of the chicken. Zip shut a refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  5. Pour the brine off the chicken, and let chicken rest for 10-20 minutes on the counter.
  6. Season the chicken with one of your seasoning salts of choice.
  7. Then grill for about 20 minutes per side over a medium heat. Keep an eye on it. <g class="gr_ gr_1531 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="1531" data-gr-id="1531">Flare ups</g> happen.
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