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Apple Butter BBQ Chicken

Apple Butter BBQ Chicken Recipe

Easy and delicious are the two terms associated with our Apple Butter BBQ Chicken. This devilishly delicious treat is enough to kick off any backyard party. The only way to adequately describe it is as a late summer BBQ party in your mouth.

Making recipe is pretty straightforward. Just follow these simple steps below to be known as a Grill God.

Total time

  • Prep: 15 min.

  • Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing


Apple Butter BBQ Recipe Ingredients


1: Prepare grill or smoker for indirect heat (225° - 250°), using a drip pan or Preheat Oven at 350°.

2: Prepare chicken by patting dry the inside and outside to remove excess liquid. Mix the apple butter, Knuckle Dragger, and BBQ sauce together in a small bowl. Stretch the breast and back skin, then apply some of the apple butter bbq sauce under the skin. Feel free to additionally rub the whole exterior of the body with Knuckle Dragger and use any remaining apple butter bbq sauce.

Knuckle Dragger Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

3: Pour half of the apple juice into another container and save. Holding the chicken with legs pointed down, slide chicken down over the can so it fills the body cavity. Place chicken on grill or rack directly over the drip pan.

4: Grilled or Smoked: Uncovered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/2-2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°. Combine apple butter and barbecue sauce; baste chicken occasionally during the last 30 minutes. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove can from the chicken before carving.

Baked: Preheat the oven to 350 F. While the oven is heating up, wash the chicken breast and pat dry. Place in oven uncovered and bake. This should be approximately 45 - 60 minutes depending on oven type, however ensure that your internal temperature is 165°. Remove chicken from oven; cover and let stand for 10 minutes.

Technical Note: If you wait till internal temp reaches 180 degrees your chances of dry meat goes up greatly.


Apple butter is a super concentrated form of applesauce. It is cooked slow and long so that the sugar in the apples caramelize… they turn the sauce a rich, dark brown. It’s great on toast and muffins, or in marinades or dips. The smell is heavenly. Substitute apple butter in some of the holiday dishes you make that call for other fruit fillings.

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