BBQ chicken seasoning recipe by Terry Pomerantz

Terry Pomerantz gives us two excellent recipes for BBQ chicken seasoning, in the form of a dry rub and liquid marinade. These are Terry’s favorite!

Terry’s favorite marinade

For the BBQ chicken marinade, Terry Pomerantz uses:

The ingredients

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey or brown sugar
  • 1 or 2 fresh Quebec garlic cloves
  • A dash of store bought BBQ sauce
  • Salt and pepper

When Terry makes this BBQ marinade he doesn’t measure out ingredients, he uses his intuition. “I have always developed my seasoning recipes by improvising. My mother, like all Quebec moms, was a creative cook. These women had to use what they had in the fridge and the pantry, where they kept their “canning” and dry ingredients

BBQ chicken meat roasted on hot flaming charcoal grill

“When improvising, the trick is starting small. Begin with small doses, especially when it comes to spices and salt. Add a little, then taste. Keep going until you reach the result you’re looking for!”


To prepare this BBQ chicken seasoning/marinade recipe, Terry Pomerantz:

  • Mixes all ingredients in a bowl;
  • Places chicken thighs and breasts in a sealable bag;
  • Pours the marinade into the bag and ensures that the meat is covered thoroughly;
  • Before sealing the bag, Terry removes the air by pressing firmly;
  • Lets it sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

A dry rub

“When I cook BBQ chicken in the oven, I often go for a dry BBQ rub.”

Cooking chicken in the oven


  • 3 tbsp. of brown sugar or maple sugar
  • 4 tbsp. of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. of paprika
  • 2 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. of onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic powder
  • Thyme
  • A bit of store bought BBQ spices.


  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl
  • Dry your chicken with a paper towel
  • Rub the chicken with the BBQ seasoning; only use the required quantity for the size of the chicken
  • Keep the rest of the dry rub in a jar, for another time.

“Enjoy this BBQ seasoned chicken with your favorite Italian rosé or Quebec rosé wine. Bon apétit!” concludes Terry Pomerantz.

Entrepreneur and prominent figure in Montreal's real estate and manufacturing sectors, Terry Pomerantz approaches every aspect of life with heart and character. At the helm of Domfoam and T.R.A.M.S Property Management, he carries on his late father's legacy while dedicating his philanthropic commitment to the Pomerantz Foundation, which has been actively supporting children's causes since 1991.