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Are you looking for a fool proof way to make Grilled BBQ Chicken? This recipe includes a secret step that results in the juiciest grilled chicken you have ever had!
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Barbecue Chicken

This recipe is from the Gooseberry Patch Grilling and Campfire Cooking Cookbook.


  • 3 pounds chicken or 6 chicken breasts
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder divided
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoons onion powder divided
  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1 to 2 cups brown sugar packed and divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoke flavored cooking sauce


  • Place chicken in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Cover with water; add 3 teaspoons garlic powder and one teaspoon onion powder.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile. in a saucepan over medium heat, mix together ketchup, one cup brown sugar, mustard, chili powder and remaining garlic and onion powders.
  • Add remaining brown sugar to taste.
  • Simmer about 15 minutes; add smoke flavored sauce and cook another few minutes.
  • Place chicken on an oiled grate over medium-high heat.
  • Grill for 20 - 40 minutes, turning and basting often with sauce, until chicken juices run clear.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken is cooked to the correct temperature.