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Whole BBQ Chicken Recipe

whole bbq chicken recipe

About Award-Winning Smoked Chicken

This recipe comes from Jason Schouweiler, a competitor in the World Food Championships Thrilla at the Grilla contest.

Jason has been cooking for over 20 years, with a primary BBQ-centric focus for the last 15 years. Married, with 7 children, he says he gets a lot of practice perfecting his craft while feeding his family and friends.


  • 1 whole chicken (4-5 lb) cut up
  • 3 T Meat Church Holy Gospel
  • 2 T Weber Kickin’ Chicken

Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1 C Real Mayo (Duke’s or similar)
  • 1 C Sour Cream
  • ¼ C Buttermilk
  • 1 T Worchestershire
  • 2 T Lemon Juice
  • 2 T Chopped Chives
  • 1 C Blue Cheese Buffalo


  • ¾ C Butter
  • 1 C Commercial Hot Sauce (we used Frank’s Original to keep it kid/family friendly)
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 1 ½ T Worchestershire
  • 2 T Lemon Juice
  • ½ t ground black pepper
  • 1/8 t cayenne


Separate chicken into individual cuts (also works for leg quarters, pieces, or a whole bird already cut up by the grocery store.

Combine rubs and season, allow to rest for 30 minutes, longer is better.

Turn Silverbac on to 275, and grill chicken until 165, turning occasionally to cook evenly.

For blue cheese dressing, combine all ingredients aside from blue cheese in a bowl, and whisk to combine. Fold in blue cheese and allow to sit in the fridge to marry for at least 2 hours.

For the buffalo sauce, melt butter, add additional ingredients and stir to combine. Allow to come to a simmer, whisking constantly. Remove from heat, cool.

Once chicken hits 160ish, brush with buffalo sauce, and flip to set sauce, and mark on the grill. ENJOY!

Food Partners That Go With Whole BBQ Chicken

While you could definitely just serve up this award-winning BBQ chicken with very little else, you will no doubt want to have plenty of other foods to accompany your main entree.

Try some of the following side dishes that go brilliantly with some BBQ chicken:

  • Any kind of smoked veggies. Not only can you easily whip up some vegetables with a smoky flavor, but they will echo the same nuances and undertones thanks to the shared wood pellets. If it is fresh corn season in your area, consider making some amazing grilled corn still in the husk.
  • Homemade breads. Because your main course is so light on carbs, you can afford to fill a bread basket with some of your favorites. From sourdough and pumpernickel to rye and sweet cornbread, give eaters the chance to pick their breads of choice. Have plenty of fresh butter on hand, too.
  • Freshly cut-up fruits. Why not complement the intense flavor of your smoked and grilled BBQ chicken with some fruit on the side? You can go with traditional fruits like citrus and berries, or add some more exotic and tropical ones such as jackfruit or kiwi.
  • Mac and cheese. The creaminess of a grilled mac and cheese balances the seasonings of this barbecue chicken recipe. And yes, mac and cheese can be made right in your Grilla smoker for ultimate convenience.

Of course, one of the biggest needs with any award-winning BBQ chicken recipe is a heaping helping of napkins!

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