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BBQ Half Chicken with Alabama White Sauce

BBQ Half Chicken with Alabama White Sauce


Prep Time: 10 Minutes          Cook Time: 1 hour                 Serves 4 people



  1. Place the whole chicken breast-side down on a cutting board with the neck pointing away from you. Cut along one side of the backbone, staying as close to the bone as possible, from the neck to the tail. Repeat on the other side of the backbone then remove it.
  2. Open the chicken and slice through the white cartilage at the tip of the breastbone to pop it open. Cut down either side of the breastbone then use your fingers to pull it out. Flip the chicken over so it is skin-side up and cut down the center, splitting the chicken in half. Tuck the wings back on each chicken half. Season each half with Sleepy Hollow Smoke Poultry Rub.
  3. When ready to cook, set your grill or oven temperature to 375℉ and preheat, grill lid closed for 15 minutes.
  4. While the grill heats up, mix the remainder of the ingredients for the white sauce.
  5. Place chicken directly on a grill grate skin-side up and place in the grill or oven then cook until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 160°F, about 60 to 90 minutes.
  6. After the breast hits 160°F remove halves onto a sheet tray, spoon the white sauce on the bottom and top of the chicken halves and return to the grill for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!


    Alabama White Sauce

    3/4 Cup Mayonnaise

    1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

    1/8 Cup Lemon Juice 1/4 Cup Apple Juice

    1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

    1 Tablespoon Prepared Horseradish

    1 Tablespoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper

    1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder

    1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

    1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper