Saucy Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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Saucy Barbecued Chicken Recipe

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My aunt was affectionately called "The Barbecue Queen". As the aroma of her grilled chicken filled the air, folks in town would stop by just to sample her scrumptious food.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. Grill: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. Grill: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds) cut up

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without liquid smoke) equals 686 calories, 33 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 161 mg cholesterol, 2334 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 43 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 15 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  2. Set aside 1 cup for basting. Store remaining sauce in the refrigerator for another use.
  3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste with marinade; grill 5-10 minutes longer or until juices run clear, turning and basting frequently with marinade. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Saucy Barbecued Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p89

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"The sauce was just ok."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"An all american classic. The liquid smoke is a must."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"I decided to do a whole chicken on the grill using one of those beer can holders for chickens, I let the chicken settle in about 20 minutes of grilling and I started basting the chicken with the sauce until the juices ran clear to serve, what a beautiful and great tasting BBQ chicken made a easy way. I also have a upright poultry stand for my oven and tried the same way in my oven and it turned out great, I will not cut up a chicken for the BBQ again. - Joel"

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"Could this be made in the oven?"

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"Sounds delicious, but could this also be used in the oven or crock pot?"

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