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North Carolina Cheerwine Barbecue Chicken

North Carolina Cheerwine Barbecued Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 people


  • 12 chicken thighs fillets and wings work well too

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup Cheerwine
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


Make the sauce

  1. Melt the butter, add in the onion and garlic and allow to cook slowly for about 3 minutes to soften.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil.
  3. As soon as you see bubbles, drop the temperature and allow the sauce to simmer gently.
  4. It takes about 30 minutes for the sauce the thicken nicely.

Now for the Chicken

  1. Put the chicken into a large bowl and add in most of the sauce, reserving around a ¼ cup for basting later.
  2. Make sure that the chicken is completely covered and then chill for around an hour.
  3. Light your barbecue using coals on just one side.
  4. Place your chicken on the other side of the barbecue and cover.
  5. Cook for around 40 minutes turning the chicken halfway.
  6. Now uncover the chicken and move it closer to the heat.
  7. Cook for a further 20 minutes, basting with the extra sauce every 5-10 minutes.
  8. The chicken is ready when it reaches 165 degrees.