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Pulled Chicken Sandwiches tossed with a glorious barbecue sauce made with root beer and molasses are sure to delight friends and family this summer! Chicken thighs are generously seasoned with a simple 4 ingredient rub recipe, grilled, and then tossed with an easy from-scratch barbecue sauce that will have you licking your fingers in delight! // Mom On Timeout #sponsored #WalmartWOW #chicken #dinner #recipe #bbq #grilling #summer
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, chicken, dinner, grill, grilling
Servings: 8
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Dry Rub for Chicken

  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup root beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 8 rolls or buns
  • coleslaw, optional


  • Heat grill to 400F or thereabouts.
  • Combine the ingredients for the rub. 
  • Drizzle chicken with olive oil and generously season both sides with the rub. Chill until ready to grill.

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent.
  • Stir in chili powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  • Pour in root beer and stir to combine.Stir in ketchup, lemon juice and molasses.
  • Bring sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened. 
  • Place chicken on the prepared grill and grill over direct heat until cooked through, flipping once or twice. Keep the lid closed while grilling. Juices should run clear when done.
  • Let chicken cool for a few minutes and then shred the chicken. Add the pulled chicken the barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
  • Top toasted buns with chicken mixture and coleslaw if you like.