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Brook's Famous BBQ Chicken Can't Be Beat

By Kelsey Banfield |

BBQ Chicken

When I was growing up in Cooperstown, a small town in upstate New York, Brook’s Chicken BBQ was the ultimate. All school fundraisers and summer picnics revolved around the chicken barbecue truck pulling up and serving perfectly moist chicken, corn on the cob and cornbread. It was sticky, drippy and just perfect in every way. Thankfully you can still buy Brook’s Chicken at the original store in upstate New York. However, since I don’t live there anymore I now have to make the sauce on my own. I’ve worked on a lot of variations before and am getting pretty close to the right formula. This is the recipe I am swearing by these days for perfect chicken barbecue sauce, almost just like Brooke’s!

Just Like Brook’s Famous Chicken BBQ Sauce

4 bone-in split chicken breasts

¾ cup ketchup

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcesterhisre sauce

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1 large pinch kosher salt

2 dashes hot pepper sauce


Stir everything together in a large bowl. Baste the chicken with the sauce and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Heat the grill and cook the chicken over medium heat, flipping the chicken as needed and basting the chicken as it cooks. Enjoy!



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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Brook's Famous BBQ Chicken Can't Be Beat

  1. Cookin' Canuck says:

    Wow! Does that chicken ever look good, Kelsey!

  2. Malyssa says:

    Try it

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