Classic Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Three steps to amazing charcoal-barbecued chicken: Cut before you cook so your chicken holds its juice, caramelize the skin with a red rub and olive oil, and put your meat on the heat. Then sit back, relax and enjoy a beer in the good company of friends. John Stagegives his recipe for the best barbecue chicken and reminds us to enjoy the luxury of having time to cook a great meal.

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Charcoal Barbecue Chicken


8 chicken quarters (leg and thigh)

2/3 cup olive oil

7 tablespoons store-bought all-purpose barbecue spice rub or Dinosaur BBQ All-Purpose Red Rub (recipe below if you have all spices on-hand)

2 cups store-bought barbecue sauce, preferably Dinosaur BBQ Sensuous Slathering Sauce


Prep the chicken by breaking the joint between the leg and thigh, and trim away any backbone attached to the thigh. Mix up the oil and spice rub, and massage it into the chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate the chicken until you're ready to grill it.

Build a medium coal bed in your grill. It should register 325° to 350° with the lid down. Open the lid and position the rack as high above the coals as possible. (This keeps the skin from getting too charred before the chicken is cooked through.) Arrange the chicken pieces, skin side up, directly over the coals. Close the lid and cook for 25 to 30 minutes; then give the chicken a flip, skin side down, and cook, covered, for 20 minutes more or until it has an internal temperature of 160° to 165°.

Check the chicken, and push the pieces that look the most cooked to the cooler edge of the grill. Keep cooking the thicker pieces, moving them to the hotter spots on the grill till they reach the same amount of doneness.

Flip all the pieces skin side up and slather on the barbecue sauce. Close the lid of the grill andcook for 10-15 minutes more to glaze the chicken. Serve with the barbecue sauce for ladling. Serves 4-6.

All-Purpose red rub


1Ž2 cup paprika

1Ž2 cup kosher salt

1Ž2 cup light brown sugar

1.2 cup granulated garlic

6 tablespoons granulated onion

1Ž4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1Ž2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Dump all the ingredients into a bowl and rub them together with your hands. Store in a plastic or glass container until ready to use. Makes 2 3Ž4 cups.


  1. roggiedale February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Man this recipe was great. Not burnt geniuses. Good char on grilled meat is
    excellent. If you don’t care for it why watch a grilling clip. Stay indoors
    with mama and cook on the oven.

  2. Daniel Plowman February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Chicken is dude food?? Are you serious?? Have you ever heard of beef???

  3. Byron Bradley February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Dude you burnt the hell out of that bird…

  4. Kenneth shaheen jr. February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I noticed that that the rub said ALL PURPOSE. Can it also be sued on pork
    and beef? 

  5. Byron Bradley February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    You never washed your hands…

  6. Edward Sutton February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I cooked this recipe today and it turned out awesome! I used chicken wings
    with the drumette attached. Sliced the meat prior to putting the paste on
    and really just sat back and drank some tea!

  7. Gary Wang February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    they are burned, yeah good luck for all that action on chickens

  8. shablaminablah February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    my first thought as well

  9. Chuck Norris February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    just eat the tiger :3

  10. progressivas February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    This guy is the BEST! Cook some pastrami! Show us how to cook pastrami in
    our home kitchen!

  11. JayIsHere February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    plan on doing some grilling this summer

  12. Jelloz104 February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    God damn, I love this channel so much.

  13. Cesarin Pillin February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    wish they could sell these delicious condiments in my country D:

  14. Wesley Meckstroth February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Y u no share? Sharing is careing!

  15. Rick Perry February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT SO EASY. All other sites/tubes make it so

  16. Bob Steve February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    this is so fake

  17. samboats1 February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    this is his weed 😛

  18. PikachuSaysPika February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm


  19. Beat Conductor February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Red Rub = Delicious

  20. sixfeetontop February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm


  21. sky kim February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    i actually prefer john stage over the 2 guys on tasted when it comes to
    tasted videos. Stage does a much better job in introducing the food. The 2
    guys that come out together.. It always feels like the fat guy is getting
    judged by the skinny guy when hes introducing the second part of the
    recipe.awkward xD.

  22. tmellon February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I love how he’s cross contaminated everything by not washing this hands
    after handling the chicken…. Awesome!

  23. MyBMBeans February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    This looks amazing! Great recipe.

  24. Ryan G February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Why is john stage not on dude food anymore?

  25. Luke Faez February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm