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Contest-Winning Barbecued Chicken

When our neighborhood has a cookout, I always take along this chicken and watch it quickly disappear! My family loves this recipe because of the zesty seasoning blend and no-fuss barbecue sauce. —Linda Scott, Hahira, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Grill: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 4 pounds each), cut up
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt or salt substitute
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional


  • Pat chicken pieces dry. In a small bowl, mix spice rub ingredients; reserve 1 tablespoon spice rub for sauce. Rub remaining spice rub on all sides of chicken.
  • Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat 20 minutes, skin side down. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients; stir in reserved spice rub. Turn chicken; grill 20-30 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting frequently with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
7 ounces cooked chicken (calculated without Liquid Smoke): 471 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 2062mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.

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  • kiki61
    Oct 19, 2018

    The sauce is amazing!

  • Bev
    Jul 1, 2018

    I haven’t made this yet, but I’m wondering if I could make this with skinless chicken pieces? Thoughts?

  • dldibble
    Dec 29, 2017

    Great recipe! I had to bake it in oven! I thought it was much much better the next day. I baked on a rack in a cookie sheet, on lowest rack in oven, covered for 45 minutes. Took off foil, then baked another 30 minutes oven set at 350. Last 10 minutes I set on top rack and broiled . Will make again

  • cruisingail
    Sep 10, 2016

    Very moist and great BBQ sauceIt can be prepared in the oven by baking with alittle sauce and then adding remainder of sauce by broiLing it til crispy!!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Sep 1, 2016

    This is a good rub for chicken. I cut way back on the salt because I always brine my chicken/turkey before grilling. I used my own sauce because it took me 25 yrs to get it just right. lol I might suggest putting a small handful of Applewood chips in your portable smoker box to add just a hint of smoky flavor. If you do you will need to grill with the grill cover on and the vents wide open.

  • devotion101
    Aug 31, 2016

    I don't have a grill, but this sounds delicious. Has anyone ever made this in the oven, and if so, how did you prepare it?

  • jbruizer
    Aug 29, 2015

    Pretty good, nice blend of spices and BBQ sauce. I will make it again. :-)

  • gucci65
    Jun 2, 2014

    I used to make chicken like this when I was younger. Omitted the liquid smoke. It was wonderful !

  • cwbuff2
    Jul 4, 2013

    An added advantage of this BBQ sauce is that you don't have to marinate the chicken ahead of time. When in a rush or if you decide to grill at the last minute, that's a plus.

  • 08arctic
    Jun 19, 2013

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