Lancaster County Chicken Bbq Recipe


Lancaster County Chicken BBQ is a classic dish that originated in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. This recipe features tender chicken marinated in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, perfect for grilling outdoors on a sunny day.

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: How to Cook Lancaster County Chicken Bbq

  1. In a bowl, combine ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create the barbecue sauce.
  2. Place the chicken thighs and drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour half of the barbecue sauce over the chicken, making sure it is well coated. Reserve the remaining sauce for basting.
  3. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the excess sauce.
  5. Grill the chicken pieces for about 15-20 minutes per side, basting with the reserved barbecue sauce every few minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice charred exterior.
  6. Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. Serve the Lancaster County Chicken BBQ hot off the grill with your favorite sides, such as coleslaw, cornbread, or potato salad. Enjoy!
Lancaster County Chicken Bbq Recipe