Saturday, September 3, 2011

The best Barbecue chicken recipe for Labor day

My camera usb cord broke, so I can't post any new photos until the new one arrives. 
I thought I would share my favorite barbecue chicken recipe.  It looks more complicated than really is.  I use Sweet baby rays bottled sauce, and regular store bought italian dressing to speed things up.
This recipe came from the Neeleys over at the foodnetwork.  Just click that and it will be ready to print.

Prep Time: 10 min Inactive Prep Time: 8 hr 30 min Cook Time: 1 hr 10 min Level:

Easy Serves:

6 to 8 servings Ingredients

2 chickens (or 4 whole bone-in chicken breasts) halved lengthwise

1 1/2 cups Italian dressing, recipe follows

1/4 cup Neelys Barbecue Seasoning, recipe follows

1 cup Neelys Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows


Rinse chicken halves in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a large bowl or baking dish, coat with Italian dressing and evenly season with Neelys seasoning. For best results, allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

If Cooking Inside:

Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and brush chicken with Neelys Barbeque Sauce.

Place into a preheated 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes.

If Grilling Outside:

Thirty minutes before you're ready to cook, take the chicken out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. Preheat the grill to a medium temperature, about 275 degrees F preferably over hickory and charcoal.

Place the chicken halves on grill, meat side down. Cover grill and cook for about 50 minutes. Flip chicken over and let it brown until the chicken becomes golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. The wing and the drumstick should become very tender and will easily pull away at the joints. Brush the chicken with Neelys Barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Neely Italian Dressing:

2 tablespoons ground mustard

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons Neelys Barbecue Seasoning

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 cup canola oil

Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, except the oil and salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Neelys BBQ Seasoning:

1 1/2 cups paprika

3/4 cup sugar

3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Neelys BBQ Sauce

2 cups ketchup

1 cup water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

5 tablespoons light brown sugar

5 tablespoons sugar

1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 tablespoon onion powder

1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups


  1. Pat, the chicken sounds good! I think I might have to give it a try for my crew. Have a great holiday weekend.
    hugs Colleen

  2. Happy Labor Day, Pat...sounds like things are getting back to normal at your house. XOXO

  3. Happy labor day. I lost my camera adapter cord and wal mart had them for around $25.00 and here we have RadioShack and they had them for $18. Well i was broke and needed a cord so i could post my pics. Guess where I found a cord? Dollar Tree and of course it was a $1.00. It works great and my digital camera is a Sony cyber shot. Just thought i would share how I saved so much money. Janice-Black Creek Primitives

  4. Thanks Janice. I looked in radio shack and Walmart. Neither had the right one. I would have never thought to check the dollar Tree.
    I found one on ebay for 3.59 and free ship. I just have to wait for it to arrive.
    Have a good Labor Day weekend.