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Lip-Smackin’ BBQ Chicken

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Grill: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • lvarner
    Jul 1, 2018

    Excellent recipe. It tasted delicious and is relatively easy to put together.

  • pajamaangel
    Sep 21, 2016

    I was not a big fan of this sauce. I do love tangy and sweet, but I think the cumin ruined it for me and it was a little too sweet and not enough tang. I've had better homemade bbq sauces so I won't be making this one again.

  • my4sweetys
    Aug 30, 2016

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE vinegary sauces that cut the sweet and this is PERFECT! the sauce recipe makes a TON (which is probably why it calls for 6 lbs of chicken) so you may want to cut it in half, or make it all and store for other things (which is what I did). I was skeptical that there weren't other spices in the sauce (chili powder, garlic, onion etc.) but it definitely DID NOT need it!! YUM!

  • homemadewithlove
    Aug 20, 2015

    This sauce is VERY GOOD! I actually cut the recipe in half and used chicken thighs, precooked chicken slightly before grilling. Served with garden veggies and fresh new potatoes and was well received.