Chicken World’s Best BBQ Chicken

READY IN: 2hrs 50mins




  • In a mixing bowl combine the water, salt, brown sugar, garlic, and thyme.
  • Pour the brine into a 2-gallon sized ziploc plastic bag.
  • Add chicken; close the bag and refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Wrap the slice of bacon around the bunch of thyme and tie with cooking twine together.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat heat about 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Add the thyme and cook slowly 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook slowly without changing colors.
  • Add ketchup, preserves, brown sugar, molasses, wine vinegar, dry mustard, cumin, paprika and fresh ground black pepper.
  • Give the sauce a stir and turn the heat down to low.
  • Cook slowly for 20 minutes to saturate the flavors together.
  • Directions for Grilling:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Preheat oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Preheat a grill pan or an outdoor gas or charcoal barbecue to a medium heat.
  • Dip a few paper towels in oil and rub the grates of the grill to make a nonstick surface for grilling chicken.
  • Take the chicken out of the brine bag, pat it down on some paper towels.
  • Arrange the chicken pieces on the preheated grill and cook, turn once mid-way, and cook for a total of 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the grilled chicken to a cookie sheet and then place in the oven.
  • Cook the chicken for 15 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from the oven and brush liberally, coating every inch of the legs with the barbecue sauce.
  • Return chicken to the oven for 30 more minutes, basting the chicken for a second time half way through remaining cooking time.
  • Serve with extra reserved sauce.