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Cornell-Brooks BBQ Chicken {An Upstate New York Favorite}

written by Julie Cohn

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This Cornell/Brooks BBQ Chicken recipe is an upstate New York favorite and can be your favorite too…no matter where you live!

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Ever since I can remember, my Dad has been active in the Knights of Columbus.  Growing up in upstate New York, the Knights in my area hosted a famous chicken BBQ every summer.  Chicken soaked in a delicious marinade, then slow roasted and pulled sizzling from the grill, and served with salt potatoes, corn, and a roll.  People would line up for miles to get a plate of this deliciousness!  (Okay, I am exaggerating about the miles, but there were definitely long lines!)

Cornell Brooks BBQ Chicken

My husband also grew up in upstate New York, but in a different area, several hours away from where I grew up.  The famous barbecue chicken in his area was Brooks BBQ from Oneonta, NY.   I went online to see if I could find a recipe for Brooks, and lo and behold, it is the same recipe as the chicken my dads Knights of Columbus used to make!  Upon further research, I discovered that the recipe originated at the Cornell University Farm Home Extension in the 1950’s!  I tweaked the recipe just a little bit and this is one of our favorite ways to barbecue chicken.   I serve the chicken with potato salad, Broccoli Slaw, raspberry razzle jello salad, and watermelon.  YUMMY!

Cornell/Brooks BBQ Chicken Recipe

  • 2 c. Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1 c. oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. poultry Seasoning (I use Bell’s Seasoning)
  • Pepper to taste
  • Half Breast Chickens w/Skin  (I used a package with three breasts)

Whisk together all ingredients except the chicken.  This makes a lot of marinade, and since I only used three chicken breasts, I put half of the marinade into a container and froze it.  Place chickens in a large baggie or marinade pan.  Pour marinade over the chicken, seal the container, and allow the marinade to sit for at least eight hours or overnight.

 Heat the grill, and slow cook the chicken over medium heat for about 40-45 minutes.


Cook until skin is crispy but not black.  (Cut into the chicken to make certain the center is no longer pink before serving.)

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