Rather than barbecuing in the rain, try this amazing Oven BBQ Chicken, and stay dry!

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Oven BBQ Chicken

In general, barbecuing chicken imparts a smokiness into the meat that an oven does not. However, this recipe will teach you how to turn your oven into a homemade smoker! Furthermore, Oven BBQ Chicken allows you to have barbecue flavors without the time commitment of standing outside all afternoon. Furthermore, the sauce for Oven BBQ Chicken is amazing, incorporating sweet ketchup and brown sugar, tangy vinegar, savory deep wine and spicy onions. Moreover, this oven bbq chicken sauce is delicious on its own, or for other meats!

Likewise, if looking for an even simpler chicken recipe; try Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken!

In general, barbecuing chicken imparts a smokiness into the meat that an oven does not.


  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 pound hardwood chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) beer (your preference)
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


The Smoke

First, place the wood chips in warm water, and soak for 2 to 3 hours.
Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

The Sauce

Afterward, in a small saucepan, blend the ketchup, brown sugar, beer, vinegar, and wine.
Next, mix in the onion, bell pepper, and black pepper.
Finally, Simmer the mixture until thickened, (roughly 10 minutes).


Next, spread the wet wood chips evenly in the bottom of a broiler pan, adding enough water to ensure chips remain moist while cooking.
Moreover, Cover the wood chips with the broiler pan grate, and arrange chicken pieces on top.
Afterward, coat the chicken with the sauce, and cook for approximately 1 hour, basting regularly.

Finally, in a small saucepan over medium heat, simmer any remaining sauce to be used for dipping when served.

Oven BBQ Chicken

Lastly, for an amazing meal anytime, perfect for apartments and those without time or space for a barbecue; Oven BBQ Chicken is an instant classic!