How to Make Barbecue Chicken Sauce

by zesty on January 12, 2011 · 22 comments

Ever want to escape the weather?  Some choose to go to an all inclusive resort, other choose to have special weekend away in seclusion and than there is some that just pretend to relive the summer and make a kicked up barbecue chicken sauce in the middle of January.

I guess for this week I am the latter of the three described above.  For me, nothing beats the barbecue.  The thrill of the grill and the flavors make my mouth water, hairs stand up and belly growl.  For today, I thought I would share one of my favorite sauces to have on hand – homemade barbecue chicken sauce.  This BBQ sauce can we used on just about anything… from chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, rice, nachos, you name it.

I am pretty sure you could smear this BBQ sauce on your car bumper and love it.

Barbecue (BBQ) Chicken Sauce Recipe


  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 2 Tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 Clove garlic ( crushed)
  • 4 Tsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Cup cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Pepper


  1. Preheat large sauce pan over medium heat
  2. Stir all dry ingredients together and than add remaining liquid.
  3. Mix thoroughly and bring to a gentle boil ( stirring occasionally )
  4. Reduce to a simmer for 25-30 minutes
  5. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip:  The longer you simmer this barbecue chicken sauce, the better it will be.  If you notice it getting to thick, just add a little water.  Package this in resealable jars and give it to your friends, they will be happy.

OK, so you have to try this sauce… not because I love BBQ but just for the shear excitement of your taste buds.  Let me know if you do give it a try and let me know your thoughts and alterations if you made any.  Take care


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny

This is very similar to how I make mine, except I add thinly sliced onion. Yumm.


2 LauraJayne

I LOVE this sauce. I added some chili paste and cayenne and made it spicier – and I am actually using it as a sauce for one of my Asian-inspired stir-fry’s!


3 Stace

This sauce sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it. If I jar some, how long will it last?


4 Tom K

Bravo! I tried this recipe and it turned out wonderfully! Will definitely share with my friends!


5 zesty

Thanks Tom


6 Lauren Jones

cant wait to try this for my bbq this weekend fingers crossed the weather will be nice x



I tryed this simple BBQ sauce it was nice we had a BBQ for around 80 pepole and all of them liked it well done wold like to have some recipes for pork and fish too.


8 Damon

I love this recipe. I didn’t add all of the chili powder or the paprika but in their places I added some habañero seasoning and red chili flake. Thanks for all of the GREAT ideas Cooking!


9 zesty

Thanks Damon – I like you additions as well.


10 George

I am looking to make 2 Gallons of bbq sauce for chicken for a BBQ Chicken fundraiser. Do you have recipe for large amounts at one time? If i just add enough ingrediants from the recipe on this site it seems i will overdue some of the ingrediants. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If it was for BBQ pork I would have no problem, I have my own recipe for that but that wont be good for chicken. Ty, George


11 zesty

Hi George, I don’t have a recipe for a large amount ( like 2 gallons) I would be tempted to increase the quantities in this recipe but taste a long the way and watch for the level of sweetness. I would start by quadrupling the ingredients and only tripling the sugar portion. Hope this helps


12 George

I will probably use crushed red pepper


13 George

i guess i need to ask how much this recipe yields


14 zesty

George, this yields about 3-4 cups


15 George

Working on my large quantity of bbq sauce. Small batches at a time. taste great, cant wait to put it on some chicken tomorrow


16 George

All I can say is, Delicious. I have fund my recipe for BBQ Chicken. Cooked 134 leg quarters and there was none left. Played with the ingredients just a little and really worked out great. Look forward to trying more recipes from Zest Cook. Thanks


17 George

What is the difference between smoked paprika and regular parika?
having a little trouble finding smoke and want to know if it would make a big difference in the recipe if I was to use plain paprika.


18 linton

I like that recipe


19 evans

grate the garlic in instead of crushing! releases the flavour better


20 zesty

Good Idea Evans… I will try that


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