Grilled Chicken in Kentucky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Total Time
4hrs 40mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 40 mins

Unusual and very good. The bourbon gives the sauce a very distinctive flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken and ketchup and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chicken, rub it in well, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, turning the chicken over a couple of times while it's marinating.
  3. Grill the chicken over hot coals for about 10 minutes on each side; baste with marinade while grilling.
  4. Or broil chicken with marinade in a casserole dish at 350F for about 40 minutes, turning chicken and basting with pan juices a couple of times while it cooks.
  5. When the chicken is done remove it from the pan.
  6. Add ketchup to the remaining marinade and boil down until it is a thick dark sauce to coat the chicken with (about 5 minutes).
Most Helpful

Delicious & Very Easy to put together! I had 9 chicken legs to marinade, for the grill. I did make a slash on each side of the drumsticks before adding them to the marinade. They marinated for about 4 hours. I tasted the marinade whiling it was boiling down. I divided it in half and added 1 1/2 TBL. brown sugar to one half and continue to boil down each pot. I brushed half the legs with each pot of glaze. The glaze with the brown sugar did mute the taste of the Bourbon a little. DH and I loved this recipe and I will be making it with and without the brown sugar. Thank you.

gypsygal May 08, 2014

I loved this recipe, although I baked it in the oven. Bourbon is my favourite spirit, and I love chicken so could not wait to try it. An unusual but lovely flavour. I tried the recipe again for friends and they all liked it.

Rossy August 14, 2007

My grill ran out of propane so I was thankful that you had broiling instructions. If I made this again I would scrape the marinade off the chicken and baste it as it cooked, and would definitely use the grill. The Tamari lent a salty taste and the vegetables added a tang, but it seemed to miss a "sweet" to balance it out. I used Jack Daniels. Thanks for posting little turtle. *Zaar World Tour 3*

NcMysteryShopper June 20, 2007