Recipe courtesy of Jack's Old South BBQ and Grill

Jack's BBQ Chicken

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 2 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 16 servings
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4 (3 to 4-pound) chickens, halved

Jack's Old South Meat Marinade, recipe follows

1 cup apple juice

Jack's Old South BBQ Rub, recipe follows

Jack's Old South Competition Vinegar Sauce, see recipe 

Jack's Old South Meat Marinade:

2 quarts apple juice

1 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 cup orange juice

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons hot sauce

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup salt

Jack's Old South BBQ Rub:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sweet paprika

1/4 cup kosher salt

3 tablespoons black pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Combine the chicken and marinade in a large non-reactive pan. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 6.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and coat generously with some of the rub. Arrange the chicken, skin side-up, in a baking pan and pour the apple juice in the bottom. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Uncover the chicken and continue roasting, basting with the sauce occasionally, until the skin is golden.

Jack's Old South Meat Marinade:

Yield: 12 1/2 cups
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk until the sugar and salt dissolve. Let cool. 

Jack's Old South BBQ Rub:

Yield: 3/4 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.