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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dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 231402
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."

kiki61 User ID: 5785048 64201
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!"

vbag User ID: 1135425 88935
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!"

Veronak User ID: 6435040 122800
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"

anamae User ID: 349717 60726
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"much to sweet and chili powder over whelming"

savanna2 User ID: 4801602 88934
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2012

"thank you jenbridges, never looked that close on a bottle of ketchup which i never suspected would be the culprit. Just never quit learning, even at my old age. lol"

SapphireIce User ID: 6077971 88843
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I just tried this tonight and it was *really* good. I got a little worried when it first started boiling and it smelled so "mustardy", but that went away. Don't cook it past the 15 minutes because as it cools it gets really thick. Instead of grilling it I baked it at 350 until the chicken was tender (65 mins), basting it every 15 minutes and flipping it after the second basting. It was a bit sweet for my taste, so will decrease the sugar next time - and I agree that it's got a bite, but I wouldn't say it's "hot". I don't think anyone will regret making it - even if you adjust it to your own tastes the 2nd time. Thanks for sharing! Yum. :)"

opieann User ID: 495056 137850
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"this was wonderful. you have to add the 2 tsps. along with the 2 Tbls."

Junycz User ID: 6409891 138282
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"how about the plus 2 teaspoons of chili powder and plus 2 teaspoons of prepared mustard, do i have to add this to the rest of the ingredients? or its just optional"

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 88837
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"This was excellent... my husband couldn't stop raving about it!"

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