Make these Savory Grilled Chicken Quarters with Apricot Barbecue Sauce for your next cookout! Juicy chicken with a savory dry rub and a sticky sweet homemade BBQ sauce.
Chicken leg quarters are usually the most affordable cut at the grocery store! We love to smoke chicken quarters, but when there’s warmer weather, I love to throw chicken quarters on the grill!
This grilled chicken leg quarters recipe calls for a simple homemade spice rub packed with brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
I used a charcoal grill, but you can also use a gas grill. Either way, you’ll need to prepare the grill temperature to medium-high heat (350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit), with at least one zone prepared for indirect grilling.
I use my Apricot Barbecue Sauce to baste the chicken in the last 5 minutes of grilling. This homemade sauce is super easy to make. It uses apricot jam as a starter ingredient!
Adding the sauce while the chicken is still on the grill will get you some nice caramelization on the chicken skin and make it nice and sticky.
What is a chicken quarter?
Chicken quarters consist of two parts: chicken drumsticks and chicken thighs, and they’re still connected at the leg joints.
If you love juicy dark meat chicken, chicken quarters will absolutely give you the most bang for your buck! I’ve been able to find them for under $1 a pound recently.
FAQ: Can I use other chicken cuts?
You can absolutely use other cuts of chicken for this recipe, but you will have to adjust your grilling time. Here’s a few suggestions below:
- Chicken Leg Recipe: Use chicken legs and adjust grill time down to 15-20 minutes.
- Chicken Breast Recipe: Use bone-in skin-on chicken breasts and plan for roughly the same amount of grilling time, 45 minutes.
- Chicken Wings: Use chicken wings and adjust grill time to 12-15 minutes.
- Chicken Thighs: Use bone-in skin-on chicken thighs and adjust grill time to 15-20 minutes.
Grilling Chicken Over Indirect Heat
Chicken quarters are a large cut, and they do need to be grilled over indirect heat, ideally in the 325-350-degree Fahrenheit range.
Grilling over direct heat will often be too intense and leave you with torn, burnt chicken skin. No good!
If you have a gas grill, this grilling over indirect heat is easy to achieve. But if you’re grilling with charcoal, you’ll need to do one of the following things:
- Pile all of the charcoal on one half of the grill and cook the chicken on the other side, opposite from the hotter side of the grill.
- Use a stainless-steel insert like this one to corral all of the charcoal, then place the chicken on the outside rim. This is what I use: Charcoal Whirlpool available on Amazon.
Cooking at a lower temperature requires that you really monitor and pay attention to your vents. I usually start with an partially open bottom vent and open lid vent, and then adjust as needed throughout cook time to maintain temperature.
Recommended Side Dishes for Grilled Chicken Quarters
There’s nothing better than grilled chicken with a few fresh side dishes! The following recipes pair perfectly with this recipe:
- Grilled Corn On the Cob in Foil
- Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
- Julie’s Italian House Salad
- Sesame Sautéed Asparagus
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