Carolina Style Barbecue Chicken


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Carolina Style Barbecue Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Slightly sweet, tangy with a hint of spice, this was a great barbecue chicken marinade. Living in the desert has some advantages this time of year. When I came home the other night, our neighbor’s barbecue smelled fantastic.

I knew that I wanted to grill the following night and I was inspired to try making something different.

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I checked out Jenn and Chris‘ blogs for inspiration. I hadn’t tried making my own barbecue sauce before, so I went straight to my favorite experts. I now have several recipes saved to try this year.

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Carolina Style Barbecue Chicken

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Jenn's Food Journey


  • 1/3 cup dijon mustard
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 chicken legs thighs and drumsticks


  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place in a gallon size ziploc bag or airtight container. In a small bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients. Reserve about ½ cup of the marinade and pour the rest over the chicken. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours.
  • Preheat grill and oil the grates. Remove the chicken and place over the fire. Grill 10-15 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces. Serve with reserved sauce. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Chris says

    Hey, thanks for the link:)

    Looks like you did really well. It's funny, I started my whole grilling/bbq adventure trying to perfect the Carolina style bbq pork and Carolina style burger (slaw, chili, onions, mustard). Now that you mention it, I don't really have an idea of what Carolina style chicken would be except maybe with a South Carolina style mustard sauce. You have my wheels turning now:)

  2. Anonymous says

    My husband hates BBQ sauce, but this looks like it is a doer… gonna try this this week. Thank you so much.