Lip-Smackin’ BBQ Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours Grill: 25 min.


12 servings

Updated: Feb. 05, 2022
The kids always say “prepare to lick your lips” when we have friends over for barbecue chicken. I’m proud of this dish, the first recipe I ever created. —Sue Thomas, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Lip-Smackin' BBQ Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 pounds assorted bone-in chicken pieces


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 11 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove half of the sauce; reserve for brushing chicken. Keep remaining sauce warm for serving.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat 25-35 minutes or until juices run clear, turning occasionally and brushing with reserved sauce during the last 10 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked chicken: 402 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 871mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 34g protein.