Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken

Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken Recipe

March 03 , 2015 by: Jessica Pinney Camping, Chicken

Living in a city is great, but sometimes you just need a little peace and quiet. Because of this, Janette and I have started regularly camping at all the different National Parks in the Southwest. While I love sleeping outside, I don’t want to “rough it” when it comes to food. We definitely had everyone in our campsite and all the bears in the Sequoias jealous with the aroma that filled the air while we were cooking this Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken.

Campifre BBQ Whiskey Chicken


1 1/4 cups ketchup
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. hot sauce (I used Tapatio)
2 tablespoons dark molasses
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whiskey (I used Macallan 12, whatever you have will do)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced

6 chicken legs with thighs attached or small bone-in breast halves (3 3/4 lbs. total)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken Recipe


At Home:

1. Make sauce: Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cover and simmer 45 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally. Add a little water if sauce gets too thick to pour. Let cool, then transfer to a plastic container and chill up to 1 week.

2. Prepare chicken: In a large bowl, coat chicken in oil; pack in a resealable plastic bag and chill up to 2 days, or freeze.

In Camp:

3. Build a charcoal or wood fire in a grill and let burn to medium (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds).

4. Place cast iron skillet over fire. Grill chicken in skillet until browned all over, about 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Turn again, generously brush tops with some of BBQ sauce, and cook a few minutes; repeat turning and brushing 2 more times, until chicken is well-browned and cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes total.

5. Remove from skillet and top with additional BBQ sauce. Serve immediately.

Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken Recipe

Original Recipe: Kelly Liken


Campfire Whiskey BBQ Chicken


  • You have style in cooking ..making me go crazy ..i,m a gyspy farrier on the road ..this is hard for me to do ..

  • The weather was so good this weekend that we went camping and tried this recipe. It was by far the best camp food I’ve ever had. The BBQ sauce was to die for!

  • This was the best BBQ sauce I’ve had, thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • Do you recommend skinless or skin on?

  • I like it with the skin on. Stays juicer and you get that little bit of crispiness from the skin.

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  • What a great idea adding a bit of whiskey! This looks amazing and I bet it was even better camping since everything tastes better when camping:)

  • Mccallan 12 is NOT a whiskey!!

    It’s a scotch, COMPLETELY different flavor profiles.

  • Scotch, bourbon, and rye are types of whiskey. Whiskey is a broad category of liquor and can have lots of differences in color, taste, and smell. We think the smokiness of Macallan pairs exceptionally well with the other ingredients in this recipe.

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