Homemade BBQ Chicken Legs

The best part about this BBQ Chicken recipe – it’s hard to mess up! You can choose to use more or less of any ingredient depending on your specific taste preferences. Have fun by adding your own twist!

Homemade BBQ Chicken Legs


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp. Heinz 57
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • 4 tbsp. apple butter
  • 2 tsp. apple juice per chicken leg
  • Hot sauce – to taste
  • 12 chicken legs


  1. In a mixing bowl, slowly add brown sugar with Worcestershire sauce. Stir until sugar fully dissolves.
  2. Stir in yellow mustard and Heinz 57 to taste.
  3. Add some molasses to thicken up the sauce.
  4. If so desired, add apple butter to remove some of the tartness.
  5. Add hot sauce in mixture to taste.
  6. Rub chicken legs with kosher salt (it sticks to meat better), black pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and paprika (for color and crispy skin)
  7. Using a marinade injector, inject apple juice into chicken legs before grilling.
  8. Heat grill to about 250 degrees, and place chicken legs on grill. Continue cooking the chicken, about 10-15 minutes, turning frequently. Before they are done, inject apple juice again.
  9. Brush sauce on chicken legs to cover them, or dip them into sauce, completely covering them.
  10. Finish cooking on grill to heat sauce. Internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees. Then remove from grill.
  11. Let chicken legs rest 10-15 minutes for best taste.