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Fast, easy and delicious “BBQ” chicken with homemade sauce

This is a “Martha” recipe which we tried recently. Absolutely delicious. The sauce is very easy to make and created lots of “yummmm…..” noises at the table.



  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cut-up chicken (3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


Modified procedure:

  1. Below are the original recipe instructions. I made and reduced the sauce. As for cooking, rather than using an outdoor grill, I brushed the chicken with a little olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for approximately 35 minutes until reaching the proper temperature of 165 degrees.
  2. Next the chicken was brushed with the sauce and using a hot cast iron grill pan (stove top), the chicken was cooked, and brushed, and turned until receiving those caramelized grill marks. Delicious.

Original procedure:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Simmer sauce ingredients (first 7 ingredients listed above) in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Divide barbecue sauce between two bowls; use one for basting and set aside the other for serving.
  3. In a large bowl, toss chicken with vegetable oil; season well with coarse salt and ground pepper.
  4. Lightly oil grates; place chicken on grill. Cover grill; cook, turning frequently, until chicken registers 165 degrees (160 degrees for breast) on an instant-read thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Uncover grill; continue cooking, basting frequently with sauce, until chicken is glazed thoroughly, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve with remaining sauce.

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