Main Dish | July 14, 2017

BBQ Chicken with Homemade Sauce

BBQ chicken is a favorite at our house – in fact, it is my husband’s absolute favorite dinner. Over the years I’ve perfected how to make tender, juicy, and delicious bbq chicken and today I’m sharing all of my secrets!

BBQ Chicken with Homemade Sauce on a white plate

When it comes to special dinners – my hubby always requests a simple bbq chicken dinner.  It doesn’t matter if it is Father’s Day, his birthday, or Christmas Day, his request will always be the same.  So of course I have tried to make this simple meal extra special by focusing on buying really good cuts of chicken, and adding delicious sides like mac and cheese, corn on the cob, or cucumber salad.

BBQ Chicken seasonings in a white bowl

Homemade BBQ Sauce

We really love our Kraft Original BBQ sauce, but I’ve set out to create a delicious homemade sauce and kiss all of those unpronounceable ingredients goodbye. And the best part is that you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. This homemade sauce comes together in about 5 minutes, and is sweet, smokey, tangy, and all around delicious.

BBQ Sauce in a mason jar
BBQ Chicken brushed with homemade bbq sauce

Secrets To Tender Chicken

Another secret to making delicious bbq chicken is marinating your chicken in a little soda water.  I usually use what I have on hand – La Croix, sprite, whatever you have will do.  This tenderizes the meat and makes is super moist and flavorful.  You can marinate overnight, or as little as 30 minutes.  I do both with similar results.

We do boneless breasts sometimes, chicken tenders sometimes, and bone in drumsticks and breasts sometimes.  All are delicious- I just make sure to buy a good cut of meat that is trim.

BBQ Chicken with Homemade Sauce on a white plate

I hope you’ll try this finger licking good recipe this week – special occasion or not! Sometimes the basics are really the best! During the summer you can’t beat a supper cooked on the grill, and this simple bbq chicken is for sure to be a favorite at your house, just like it is at ours.

Homemade BBQ Sauce
Author: Kadee
  • 1.5 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tbsp honey
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container.

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bbq chicken with homemade sauce pinterest image

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