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Favorite Barbecued Chicken

What better place to find a fantastic barbecue chicken than Texas, and that’s where this one is from—it’s my father-in-law’s own recipe. We’ve served it at many family reunions and think it’s the best! —Bobbie Morgan, Woodstock, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Grill: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 4 pounds each), cut into 8 pieces each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Grill skin side down, uncovered, on a greased grill rack over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, make barbecue sauce by heating oil over medium heat. Add onion; saute until tender. Stir in remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Turn chicken; brush with barbecue sauce. Grill 15-25 minutes longer, brushing frequently with sauce, until a thermometer reads 165° when inserted in the breast and 170°-175° in the thigh.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 370 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein.


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  • perrymcgowan
    Jun 5, 2019

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  • xxcskier
    Jun 5, 2018

    I made this on a recent camping trip and everyone just loved it!

  • rllewis7
    Jun 28, 2017

    This is a really great mild barbecue sauce - very family-friendly and perfect for grilled chicken!

  • Appy_Girl
    Jun 12, 2017

    What a great sauce. Love all of the extra ingredients in this recipe. It is a little bit of everything. Perfect for ribs, chicken, pork or as a sauce for Meatloaf.My weekend winner.Janie

  • delowenstein
    Jun 8, 2017

    I baked the chicken as I don't have a grill. I also used 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs as I didn't have whole chickens and used 1/2 medium onion. I also just used 1 cup ketchup. The rest of the sauce was kept the same!

  • amsm
    Jun 7, 2017

    This was very good and easy to make! My favorite part about this recipe is that it is made with ingredients that I have on hand. The sauce is a little on the sweet side but has a good tang to it. For my taste, I would add a little more salt. The only change I made was using less onion because my husband doesn't like a ton of onion flavor.

  • jetluvs2cook
    May 30, 2017

    Very good! Made this for supper on our charcoal grill! My sauce got a little to thick, but that was an easy fix by adding a tiny bit of water to loosen it up, and it was very tasty!

  • lisa53202
    Nov 10, 2014

    I made exactly as directed, and we enjoyed this barbecued chicken.

  • thankG0d
    Sep 16, 2008

    I used sesame seed oil and it added just a little extra taste to this already delicious bbq sauce.

  • tam145
    Jun 4, 2008

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