Greg Bates BBQ Chicken

Born and raised right in Nashville, Greg Bates is a true product of Music City … motivated not by the trappings of country-music stardom, but by the reward of a well-written lyric.

Recently, those lyrics sent Greg Bates right up the Billboard Country Music charts with his top 5 single Did It for the Girl. “The day that I figured out that you can tell a story with three chords in three minutes and just kill somebody emotionally, I was hooked,” says Greg. “The stories are what really drew me to country music. All I wanted to do was write.”

But lately, all Bates wants to do is grill … on his Big Green Egg, of course! A favorite of Greg’s is BBQ Dr. Pepper® Chicken. Give it a try, and you might start to think that he really Did it for the Grill!


  • Trimmed chicken Breasts


Set the EGG for direct cooking without a convEGGtor at 400°F/204°C.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, brushing the Dr Pepper BBQ sauce (see recipe below) on the chicken each time you turn it over. Grill until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cups Dr Pepper
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup no-pulp orange juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle Chile powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce Instructions

Mix the Dr Pepper, ketchup, orange juice, Worcestershire sauce and molasses in a saucepan. Season with paprika, ginger, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, chipotle powder and onion powder. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat, proceed to reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Use right away on your BBQ chicken, or store in your fridge for about a week! ENJOY!

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