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Favorite Barbecued Chicken Recipe

Favorite Barbecued Chicken Recipe

What better place to find a fantastic barbecue sauce 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. YIELD: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


  • 1. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Grill skin side down, uncovered, on a greased grill rack over medium heat for 20 minutes.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional 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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rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 268622
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

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

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 267911
Reviewed 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.

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 267754
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8302234 267735
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1675049 267513
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1079567 81912
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

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

thankG0d User ID: 3195075 91866
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2008

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

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