Easy BBQ Chicken Marinade

Once upon a time I went to visit two of my sisters-in-law in California for a few days. (Actually, we try to do this every two years, so there have been several once upon a times in which I got to go visit my sisters.)

sisters at the beach

Fun facts: I get along amazingly well with my sisters-in-law. This trip we went to the beach, went shopping, ate leisurely brunches and dinners, and talked for hours. It was fantastic. Oh, and we also went to Disneyland, for free, for an entire day. What did three moms do at Disneyland without kids? We rode all the rides we wanted and screamed like little girls on Hyperspace Mountain. Three times. Talk about exhilarating! (And yes, now I need a chiropractor.)

When I got home from this trip, I kept noticing things. Things like a new exhaust fan installed above my “new” stove. All my spices put back and organized over the stove after the exhaust fan was installed. A cute shelf put in place behind the stove. In short, everywhere I turned, I kept seeing more projects that Matt and Malachi had worked on to surprise me when I got back from my trip. My husband is dear and I’m so thankful for him.

This has to do with bbq chicken how?

Well, a day and a half after I got back from visiting my sisters in California, I had to turn right around and go out of town for a doctor appointment. Phew. Matt was left at home to hold down the fort again. It was while I was there that Matt called to say he was getting the chicken ready to marinate for dinner but, “Where is the bbq sauce?”

Oh that. I don’t have any. I was going to make some but ran out of time. Maybe look up the recipe on my site? Sorry I didn’t get it done before I left.

That’s when he took it upon himself to mix up a little of this and a little of that and create a super fun sauce that I now need to tell you about. Why make normal bbq sauce when you can make it fun?

Easy BBQ Chicken MarinadeYum

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy BBQ Marinade for Chicken
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 Tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  1. Mix ingredients and spread over chicken for at least 2 hours before grilling.
  2. Add a chopped onion to the mix for extra flavor while the chicken is marinating.
  3. This makes enough sauce for 2-3 pounds of chicken.

Matt's BBQ Marinade

Remember my biggest chicken grilling tip? Read the details here, but to sum it up, we much prefer to grill boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts. That’s what I highly recommend for this marinade and grilling recipe! You’ll have yourself some super moist and flavorful chicken this way!

What special ingredients do you like stirring into your barbecue sauces and marinades?


  1. Corrie Johnson says

    i love the brown leathery looking ones!


    Corrie Johnson Reply:

    Ha! That was supposed to go on the Lila Rose giveaway post – sorry!


  2. kentuckylady717 says

    This recipe sounds like a winner….I will try it too…..glad you had fun with your sisters….that is what I’d like to do….I have 3 sisters still living…..but all in different states….would be impossible to get us all together…..I keep asking but it never happens, I love the beach, but you probably wouldn’t get the other 3 to go !!!!Been to Disneyland, I don’t think they have, but they probably wouldn’t go anyways :) one likes this and one likes that so trying to get 4 people to compromise is quite a job ….. so I assume it just won’t happen…..but yes it would be nice….I would love to go to Hawaii, I would even settle for Calif. but 2 of them would absolutely not fly….I am not crazy about it and have several times but 2 have never flown…..so that’s a problem for Hawaii….and Calif would take forever to drive and neither of us would probably want to do that…..so we will just to continue to talk on the phone almost every day……and email and text…..story of my life what’s yours ? LOL…..have a nice day everyone….


  3. kentuckylady717 says

    Correction, .sisters-in-law…..but you could pass for sisters’…..very nice looking ladies all three of you…..guess I should have read your message better eh ?
    Sorry about that…..but too late to delete story…..hope you enjoyed it anyways :) this is why we could use a EDIT button on here Laura :) just saying……I usually go back and reread my msg. after I send it and that is when I catch my mistakes…..but even tho I have reread them I could still find an error…..EDIT button would be better ……are you thinking about giving us one ? :) I hope so…..


  4. Cecelia says

    This might be just the recipe I need to re-create interest in barbecue chicken again. We rarely barbecue outside (it disagrees with me); and doing it in the oven has gotten BORING!

    I love following your blog and religiously use your taco seasoning recipe at least twice a month!

    But question: which in the picture is you, Laura? I know you’re either on the far left or middle.


    Laura Reply:

    I’m in the middle. The sunglasses had me disguised!! :)


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