Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken

Trader Joe’s has a Summer seasonal barbecue sauce titled Carolina Gold and it’s awesome. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s by you, you can always make the sauce yourself or buy it on amazon, but its pricey.

I created a recipe for BBQ chicken, maybe give this a try for 4th of July? You will not regret it.


10 pieces Chicken thighs (bone in, skin on recommended)

10 pieces Chicken drumsticks (bone in, skin on recommended)

3/4 Cup Molasses

1 Tbsp Applewood Liquid Smoke

Trader Joes Carolina Gold Barbecue Sauce

1 Tbsp Lawry’s Season Salt


  1. Preheat grill on medium heat
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl
  3. Pour on the season salt and mix well
  4. Mix molasses and liquid smoke in a small bowl
  5. Pour molasses mixture onto chicken and mix well
  6. Let sit for 15 minutes
  7. Place chicken onto grill, skin side up for 10 minutes
  8. Glaze chicken with Carolina Gold Sauce then flip
  9. Cook for another 10 minute and Glaze chicken again then flip
  10. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes
  11. With a thermometer make sure chicken is cooked to 175ºF. Grill times will vary based on grill so it is always important to check the temperature for food safety.
  12. Take off grill and let set for about 5 to 10 minutes and Enjoy!
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