Spicy Grilled Barbecue Chicken Recipe
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Spicy Grilled Barbecue Chicken Recipe

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My grown children still beg for my chicken. They like the savory barbecue sauce so much, they've been known to hover over me, trying to snitch a spoonful behind my back. —Patricia Parker, Connelly Springs, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Grill: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 641 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 1163mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 49g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 40 minutes, turning several times. Set half of the barbecue sauce aside. Baste chicken with remaining sauce; grill 5-10 minutes longer or until juices run clear. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Barbecued Chicken in Country Woman August/September 2008, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"Great tasting sauce! I used this with boneless chicken breasts on the grill, and they came out great! There was plenty of sauce so I had some leftover to use for something else later."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"This is the BEST barbecue sauce I've ever tasted! I use it for all my barbecue meals! I made the chicken in the oven for this recipe and turned out to die for! Even my pickiest eater couldn't get enough of this awesome chicken. Keep this recipe handy!"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"This recipe was delicious, but I left the sugar out completely and used 1/2 cup of honey instead. Perfect combination for my family's tastebuds!"

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"I followed the recipe but did not have the dry mustard so I used what was on hand and the family loved it!

Absolutely great"

Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"much to sweet and chili powder over whelming"

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