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Carolina Style Barbecue Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A lighter sauce you will fall in love with, this Carolina Style BBQ Chicken is what Southern life is all about.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ
Servings: 6
Calories: 609 kcal
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow mustard
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 4 chicken legs
  1. Preheat the grill.

    In a medium saucepan, whisk together the mustard, brown sugar and cider vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat to low and simmer.

  2. Stir in the butter, water, fish sauce, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened a bit. Turn off the heat and cool to room temperature.

  3. Place the chicken on the grill skin side down and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the chicken over and baste with the barbecue sauce. Cook for an additional 3 minutes.

  4. Turn the chicken again and baste with the sauce. Cook for an additional 3 minutes. Repeat two more times.

  5. Transfer the chicken to a platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

    Serve immediately with extra sauce on the side, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Sauce can be made up to 5 days in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Carolina Style Barbecue Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 609 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 1367mg59%
Potassium 525mg15%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.