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Do you need a good rub for your barbecue grilled chicken?

I am sharing a huge family secret today with this Best BBQ Grilled Chicken.



My Husband’s Famous Recipe

My husband, Jerry, is famous for this Best BBQ Grilled Chicken.  Seriously, it is amazing!  The flavor of this chicken makes your month do a Happy, Happy, Dance.  I might not eat anything else, but I have been known to eat 3 or 4 legs for supper.  I think a lot of the reason has to do with his dry rub.  He has an amazing dry rub from a perfect combination of seasoning.  I finally talked him into sharing it.  I first had to talk him into measuring his ingredients.  Measuring his ingredients was more difficult than it sounds.  He has made this Best BBQ Grilled Chicken with this dry rub for decades and never measured anything.  He just added each seasoning to the chicken until it looked like the perfect amount, and it always was.

Write Down The Recipe

I had to measure a seasoning and give it to him.  If it was not enough, he let me know.  We did this over and over until he had his perfect combination of seasonings.  Hooray, it is now written down.  I am just hoping you will give this Best BBQ Grilled Chicken a try and leave him a message thanking him for his secret recipe.  He has several other secret recipes.  I would love for him to take time to write them down and share them on my blog.  I am so thrilled this Best BBQ Grilled Chicken is now documented for my children and grandchildren to enjoy in the future.

Use A Baking Sheet

Besides his special rub,  he always adds the seasoning to the chicken on a large baking sheet in a single layer.  He then covers the baking sheet with plastic wrap and places it in the refrigerator.  He claims the rub sticks to the chicken better and has extra time to flavor the meat.

I always use a family pack of skinless chicken breasts (about seven in the pack) for my family members who love white meat and a family size pack of chicken legs for the rest of us.  These packs of chicken equal between 8 -1/2 to 9 pounds of chicken.  If you need a recipe for a large family or a crowd, this is a great one.

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Best BBQ Grilled Chicken

Prep Time5 hrs 28 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 28 mins
Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Author: Diane @Recipesforourdailybread


  • 8-1/2 to 9 pounds of chicken any chicken pieces will work, but I used a large family pack of breast and a large pack of legs.
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning
  • And two - 1/2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • Plus two tablespoons Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Montreal Chicken seasoning not steak
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • A bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce.


  • Wash and pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  • Place the chicken on a large baking sheet in a single layer.
  • In a bowl, mix the seasonings together and sprinkle it over the chicken.
  • Pat the seasonings in with your fingers.
  • Refrigerate at least a couple of hours to overnight.
  • Cook the chicken breast for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Turn the breast over after 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Cook the legs 45 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Turn the legs over after 25 minutes.
  • Add your favorite barbecue sauce to the chicken just before removing from the grill.


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12 thoughts on “BBQ GRILLED CHICKEN”

  1. 5 stars
    Dear Diane,

    I am a food lover. I follow your social media posts (facebook) on regular basis. Really love how all the recipes are made within short time. Keeping this recipe post for the next family party. Hope everyone will enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Laurie,

      Thank you for stopping by my blog, // and leaving me a comment. I try hard to read and respond to every comment. Thank you also for following me on Facebook. I was excited to know that you were keeping the BBQ Grilled Chicken for your next family party. It is so delicious. I know your guests will enjoy it.

      As I write this, I am getting ready to compete in the World Food Championships in the dessert category in Dallas, TX. It is the largest culinary competition in the World. In the past two years I have finished in the top five. I cannot wait to compete.

      Thank you again for all your support!
      Diane Roark

  2. 5 stars
    I’m having a BBQ Garden party in two weeks and I’m out looking for inspiration. I was thinking Pork, but I want to make it special. This is my first party in my new home (I just moved to Stockholm), and I want to to stand out. I’m no expert chef, but I like to cook. Thanks for this post and the inspiration. Much needed 😉

  3. These look delicious! I’ll have to bookmark this recipe for next week and grill up some chicken. I’ve not seen Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning before, so will have to find some of that. Thanks for measuring out the ingredients. 🙂

    • Teresa,

      Sounds great! I would love to have you. That means a lot considering what a wonderful cook you are. If you get a chance, stop by and link up Wonderful Wednesday blog hop.

      Diane Roark

  4. I love using dry rubs on my meat and the flavor combinations are endless. Your chicken looks delicious. I’ll be pinning this one to save for later.

  5. This looks so yummy and we have a lot of these seasonings already, so going to have to try the next time we make chicken here now. Thanks Diane and Jerry, too!! 🙂

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