Cheerwine BBQ Chicken

Cheerwine BBQ Chicken

Cherry Coke is for pleebs. Cheerwine is the preferred cherry-flavored soft drink of winners, and it simply makes this BBQ Chicken. I dare say it “kicks it up a notch” and will take you deep into Flavortown®, no passport required. I’d insert another lifted Food Network catch phrase but the Cheerwine does the heavy lifting here.

Tips / Suggestions

  • Before grilling the chicken, make sure the wood has burned all the way down and is just smoldering. You don’t want flames hitting the chicken, just the heat. Sometime I get impatient and put the chicken on too early, but you gotta wait to avoid it from being burned.
  • If you live an area where you can’t find Cheerwine, substitute Dr. Pepper. I prefer using Cheerwine for the BBQ sauce, but Dr. Pepper is a great substitute.
  • This is also great recipe for chicken wings. Coat them is that delicious BBQ sauce and dip into some ranch. You won’t regret it.
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Cheerwine BBQ Chicken

Recipe by BacusBBQ
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

kcal

Chicken grilled over a wood fire and smothered in a Cheerwine BBQ sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs 2 chicken (drums / thighs)

  • 2 tbsp 2 olive oil

  • 3 tbsp 3 poultry seasoning of choice

  • Cheerwine BBQ Sauce
  • 12 oz 12 Cheerwine (bottle)

  • 1.5 cups 1.5 ketchup

  • 1 tbsp 1 molasses

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp 1 worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 pork seasoning of choice

  • 1 tsp 1 cracked black pepper

Directions

  • Add the olive oil, chicken, and poultry seasoning to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Be sure to rub the seasoning underneath the skin as well. Set aside.
  • Heat a pan over medium heat and add the BBQ sauce ingredients. Once it starts to boil, reduce to a simmer. and continue to cook (stirring frequently) until the sauce reaches your desired thickness. It was roughly 25 minutes for me. Set aside, and once cool, add to a squirt bottle.
  • Start a wood fire on your grill. Once it has burned down and started to smolder, add the chicken to the grill.
  • Cook for roughly 15 minutes, flipping / rotating the chicken several times. Sauce the chicken all over and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Be sure NOT to use all of the sauce while coating the chicken. You'll want to save some as a side, when eating.
  • After letting the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes, serve hot, with a side of the Cheerwine BBQ sauce. You won't regret it.


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