How to Make Apple BBQ Chicken Thighs

BBQ Ribs seem to be the passion of many. Today I share a recipe that was designed for ribs but I have rewritten and used for chicken. (If you want to use it for ribs this makes a 2 pound slab) My favorite chicken to use is the thigh.

They have the most flavor and are easy to handle on the grill. If you are a fan of those boneless skinless chicken boobs feel free to use them. It is your mouth that’s going to eat them.

You will note I have suggested Your Favorite BBQ Sauce…that is basically because everyone’s taste buds crave a different version of the sweet and spicy sauce.

Y’all best roll up your sleeves, take off your rings, wash your hands, and let’s get cooking. First check out this video to prep your raw chicken thighs:

Got all that? Great! Lets get on with the cooking:

Apple BBQ Chicken Thighs


  • 6-8 thighs (one package)
  • 2 cups Smoky BBQ sauce (Your favorite)
  • 2 cups Applesauce (your favorite not chunky)
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder (Not garlic salt)
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder (Not onion salt)
  • 1+ Tablespoon Cayenne pepper


Day before: Mix Kosher salt, black pepper, Garlic powder, Onion powder, and Cayenne pepper and set aside. Mix BBQ Sauce and Apple sauce together in separate bowl and set aside.

Place chicken on a double layer of heavy foil. Rub with dry spice mix make sure to rub all sides. Pour about half the sauce over chicken. Close foil up tight and place in a dish…place dish in the refrigerator over night. Mix remaining spices with reserved sauce cover and refrigerate.

Next day preheat grill to Med-High heat. Place foil wrapped chicken thigh packet on grill for one hour turning every 15 min. After one hour remove chicken from foil and place directly on grill. Baste with the reserved sauce spice mix. Turn and baste frequently. 30 min.


This chicken is good right from the grill or cold the second day. I like a good pasta salad, a crusty bread, some cheese, and some fruit for s delightful picnic.. To be honest I make this just for the two of us. I love the cold chicken thighs for lunches later in the week. They make a great addition to a chef’s salad for lunch at work.

OK the recipe is now yours, Share the link with all your friends and enemies..Go to the store and buy the chicken thighs today. You deserve a great meal soon. To make it a romantic meal add candles, music, and serve while watching a sunset.

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