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Smoky Grilled Chicken Recipe

Smoky Grilled Chicken Recipe

Instant coffee is the "secret" ingredient in this sweet and spicy sauce. Don't be surprised when folks tell you this is the best chicken they've ever had! —Kathy Whipple, Twin Falls, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Grill: 45 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), quartered


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar, mustard and coffee in hot water. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke if desired. Reserve 1 cup for basting; refrigerate remaining sauce.
  • 2. Grill chicken, covered, on an oiled rack over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning and basting with sauce frequently. Grill, covered, 15 minutes longer, turning and basting occasionally or until juices run clear. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

14 ounce-weight: 516 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 50g protein.

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omaeileen User ID: 7057928 237380
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Directions are a bit confusing. This makes a lot of sauce. My take on the directions is make the sauce to use some as a marinate and some to baste chicken while grilling. I filled a jar with more than half . The rest I marinated the chicken overnight. Excellent flavor. The sauce can be used on any meat you grill or BBQ!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 228904
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Loved this!"

jiljilsch User ID: 8294399 228528
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2015

"This was great! Definitely had a distinctive "smoky" taste! So good!"

christquest User ID: 6648138 40011
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"Finger-lickin' good is not an overstatement! I caught my husband dipping his finger in the sauce and licking them. It's that good! Thank you for sharing!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 40009
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"This is the best chicken ever!! Friends and family love it, and it's so easy! The sauce is great, use it for other barbecue. This chicken will impress any guests!"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 39307
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"gary0452......what is so confusing for you. Seems like a rather simple recipe to follow. Maybe it is just a rookie mistake?"

nosella User ID: 6395387 202000
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"very tasty easy to make, maybe a bit ketchupy"

Durkheim User ID: 573684 39305
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"Recipe is simple. You MOISTEN a paper towel with oil. You the pick up the paper towel with long handle tongs. You then wipe the oil coated paper towel on the grill to grease it. Once you start grilling the chicken on the oiled grill you BASTE the chicken with the BBQ sauce. I tried it for dinner and it was very good. Everyone liked the flavor."

gary0452 User ID: 7336315 19969
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"sause or not to sause, marinade or not to marinade? Whats the paper towel for? never could grill a paper towel, they have a bad habit of bursting into flames!! instructions very confusing."

gary0452 User ID: 7336315 43464
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Yup, when do you grill and when do you sause, Do you marinade or not Marinade?

wHATS THE PAPER TOWEL FOR?? never was able to grill a paper towel they seem to burst into flames, Very poor instructions!!"

mjpcjp User ID: 6866998 16106
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"The directions are confusing on the grilling part. Is it the whole chicken I put on the grill or the paper towel for 30 minutes? There is nothing said about when to put on the chicken."

Estes Gal User ID: 6983224 43463
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"Does anyone else notice that these are old recipes they are sending us daily?"

janabelle User ID: 4105960 45383
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I'm confused too, if all you need is one cup of sauce for basting why don't you just cut the amounts in half?"

marylazaro User ID: 7321239 42578
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"Me resulto un poco confusa la explicacion de la receta en cuanto si debe ser marinado el pollo con anterioridad o bien si es pincelar el pollo en la coccion los ingredientes muy acertados Gracias"

cmead User ID: 1313690 19844
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"This has become our favorite barbeque sauce. It's so simple! Because it's not cooked, you don't even have to think ahead. Not only is it great on chicken, but it's also yummy on beef and pork. It freezes just fine to use another day."

weirich User ID: 4203270 19346
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"I think I am missing something? Is the chicken to be marinated in the sauce? I would think it needs to absorb the sauce to be flavorful."

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