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THE Best Marinade For BBQ Chicken!

Now that the holidays are over, everything is coasting back to normal.  I still enjoy pajama time on the weekends, I still refuse to go to the store because they are too busy (I’m an avid online shopper), and finally I still enjoy time spent in front of a grill.

I absolutely love this marinade recipe for BBQ chicken.  The ingredients are fairly typical of your average pantry and it only take an hour for this baby to do its thing (although the longer it sits the better it is).

On a side note, my pantry is hardly average.  I just thought I’d include it so it didn’t feel so left out.

The result is nothing short of tender, juicy chicken that is sweet, sour, tangy and a bit exotic in flavor.  There is nothing overpowering here, just simple BBQ folks, cuz that’s the way we like ‘er here in Coloradee.

The Best Marinade For BBQ Chicken

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yields: Enough for 2 or so pounds of chicken pieces. Add more oil if you find that your marinade isn

The Best Marinade For BBQ Chicken


  • 1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup beer or chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of Sriracha (optional)


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour into a gallon ziplock baggie (double bag it if you're afraid of leakage). Drop your chicken in and poke the meat with a fork so the marinade can really penetrate the meat. Toss to coat, place the bag in a small dish (again, just in case of leakage) then store in the fridge for at least an hour, overnight is best, tossing occasionally.
  2. When you're ready to grill, take the chicken out of the marinade, rinse and pat dry. Grill as desired.

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