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Barbecued Picnic Chicken Recipe

Barbecued Picnic Chicken Recipe

I like to serve this savory chicken at family picnics. Cooked on a covered grill, the poultry stays so tender and juicy. Everyone loves the zesty, slightly sweet homemade barbecue sauce—and it's so easy to make. —Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 45 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Add the next eight ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 2. On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste with sauce. Grill 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reaches 170°, basting and turning several times. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • This sauce is best when made a day or two in advance, giving the flavors time to come together.
  • If you don't have chili sauce on hand, you can use 1/4 cup extra ketchup or 1/4 cup cocktail sauce.
  • Try this cool-guy move if you don't have a basting brush: Tie a few sprigs of rosemary or another hearty herb together with twine, then baste with it.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 piece: 296 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 761mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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    dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 271632
    Reviewed Aug. 11, 2017

    "This was a pretty good sauce. The wife didn't really care for it, but I liked it. quick and easy to make. Used it on boneless chicken breasts."

    Kelly_m14 User ID: 4073352 269175
    Reviewed Jul. 8, 2017

    "I made this on an indoor grill using chicken thighs. Turned out excellent and I'll make it again for sure."

    Carol User ID: 8708204 267434
    Reviewed May. 29, 2017

    "This is one of our all-time favorite BBQ chicken recipes. Have been making it since it first appeared in the magazine. It is finger-licking good."

    jcarley User ID: 8696865 251811
    Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

    "This chicken is delicious! I have made it twice now, using seasoned chicken leg quarters. My family really enjoyed the flavor of the BBQ sauce. I will definitely make this recipe again and again!"

    Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 249433
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

    "The Bar B Q sause was really good . I live in an upstairs apartment with no place to grill so I used my George Foreman grill and It still turned out tasty. Will definitely make the Sauce again."

    Skelig User ID: 8834042 249339
    Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

    "I always use Brook's bold & spicy ketchup and my homemade chili sauce, which has a tiny pinch of cinnamon, for this recipe. Absolutely delicious, and paired with potato salad, hands down, my absolute favorite summer meal."

    Kewee71 User ID: 8859730 248256
    Reviewed May. 15, 2016

    "I love this recipe. I have been using it for years. I lost the little card it came on from the magazine. (I think my daughter threw it away) I use this for everything and anything

    I BBQ. Enjoy!"

    chinadoll2008 User ID: 1574460 228093
    Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

    "So good! We just used leg quarters instead of a whole chicken cut up. & added a few more dashes of tobacco for a kick. Turned out perfectly! So delicious & easy! We will use this recipe again."

    11efn4ra User ID: 1300404 227068
    Reviewed May. 28, 2015

    "Have been making this recipe since the 70's. Got it from a Betty Crocker cookbook. It has been our go to from the first time we made it. Now both my son and daughter make it when they BBQ. It is also good on ribs. We also do a quick "pre-cook" with the chicken and ribs"

    cllw User ID: 289447 48513
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

    "This is one of the best BBQ chicken sauces that I have tried. Definitely a keeper!"

    Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 49884
    Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

    "Priscilla, This is a wonderful recipe. I would not tweak or change one single thing in it. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it and this Friday 6 of our friends will sample this lovely recipe as well. I grilled my split oven roaster on the grill for about 25 minutes. Flipping sides after about 13 minutes . Then I hit it with some of the sauce and finished it up in the oven. I also reserved a small amount of the sauce to serve on the side if desired. It is a winning Keeper *Janie"

    Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 47552
    Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

    "This is a wonderful sauce. I prefer to precook the chicken for a little while so I'm sure it gets done; and takes less time on the grill."

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