It Doesn’t Have to be Red: Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

When one thinks of BBQ, one typically thinks of beef, pork, or chicken slow cooked and slathered in a tomato based red sauce. Now I love a good BBQ sauce; from the mild sweet to the mouth numbing fire bombs, but every once in a while I look for something different. That’s when I pull out my white BBQ sauce. Although this sauce works well on pork, I believe the tanginess of the vinegar and lemon simply complement the flavor of chicken. Here’s what I did today:


1 whole cut up chicken or your favorite pieces

1 T garlic powder
1 ½ t Smoked paprika
1 T Mexican chili powder
1 T Kosher salt


1 C mayonnaise
1 T ground black pepper
1 T Kosher salt
3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 T distilled white vinegar
2 T white sugar
A few splashes Tabasco sauce


To make the sauce:
In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, pepper, salt, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, and Tabasco sauce. Mix all together until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours to allow flavors to integrate. This sauce will keep for several days in the refrigerator so it is best to make this at least the night before.

To make the rub:

Simply add garlic powder, paprika, chili powder and salt in a sealed container and shake well to combine.

Rub seasoning mixture evenly over all chicken pieces. First grill chicken for a few minutes on both sides over direct heat to give chicken a little color. Continue cooking over indirect heat until chicken is cooked through. This will take approximately 45 minutes.

After chicken is finished grilling, pour sauce over chicken and serve.

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