Pepsi BBQ Chicken | Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

Pepsi BBQ Chicken


2  whole chickens, approx. 3 lb. each
3 Tablespoon kosher salt
1 Teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ Pound butter, melted
½ cup Pepsi BBQ sauce for brushing and sauce on the plate
½ cup Apple Slaw
1 Santitas Corn Souffle
½ cup Smokehouse Shoestring Onions

Pepsi BBQ Chicken Sauce
½ cup     Pepsi syrup
2 cups    ketchup
½ cup     diced onion
1 Tbsp.   chopped garlic
½ cup     Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup  lemon juice
1 Tbsp.   molasses
1 Tbsp.   cider vinegar
1 tsp.      salt
2 tsp.      whole grain mustard
½ tsp.     red chile flakes
1 tsp.      chipotle en adobo
1 tsp.      Tabasco sauce
½ tsp.     fresh chopped thyme
1 Tbsp.   liquid smoke, hickory

  1. Combine all ingredients and simmer slowly for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Blend and strain.


  1. One day in advance, dry the chicken with paper towels and then salt and pepper inside and out liberally.
  2. Allow to sit in the refrigerator uncovered overnight.
  3. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 2 hours in advance.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  5. Brush the chicken with melted butter and roast for 30-45 minutes, brushing with butter every 15 minutes until the temperature between the thigh and breast reaches 160 degrees.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then split the chicken in quarters, removing the back bone.
  7. When ready to serve, brush with BBQ sauce and place in a 350 oven for 10 minutes to warm and to caramelize the sauce.