The classic barbecue chicken turns out best with the homemade barbecue sauce and this hassle-free method will guarantee perfectly charred yet succulent barbecue chicken every time!
I am sure that the picture above of that sticky & gracefully charred barbecue chicken has already made you hungry! Even more so if you are a chicken lover; in case you are not one, this sensational barbecue chicken will convert you to a chicken lover today and make you crave for this deliciousness immediately! I can bet on that; don’t lie! Barbecue chicken is such a popular recipe, especially in summer when you can enjoy the sun and smoke together while barbecuing outdoors with friends and family. But the barbecuing becomes more special if you happen to make your own customized barbecue at home with all your special touch and that’s exactly what I have come up with! This homemade barbecue sauce is simply awesome for an awesome barbecue chicken! It’s sticky. It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s all that which can take your barbecue chicken to a dramatically different level altogether; you got to trust me on that!
There are ample barbecue sauces available in the market from various brands and I am sure they are quite good; though in the supermarkets here in India, I do not find too many options. So, when I discovered that the barbecue sauce can actually be made at home investing just a little bit extra time, I was simply on could 9! I love to make things from scratch! Be it condiments, sauces, spice blends, pesto or whatever. The sense of accomplishment that comes with making these goodies at home is indescribable in words; don’t you feel the same if you love to cook as much as I do? Making barbecue sauce at home provides you with ample freedom to play around with the flavor profile apart from the satisfaction of knowing what is actually going into your sauce. Plus, sometimes we can’t finish up the whole bottle which eventually expires and ends up in the bin. This recipe of barbecue sauce will suffice for a good batch of barbecue chicken serving about 6 to 8 people and you can refrigerate the leftover (though I am sure you won’t have much!) sauce for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Summer is all about outdoor barbecues I know; but not all of us is lucky enough to own one. Plus, outdoor barbecuing is not yet so popular in India may be due to lack of enough open space or sometimes unavailability of good outdoor grill (which again may be because lack of potential buyers). So, this barbecue chicken recipe of mine will prove to be a savior for you if you love the idea of barbecuing and that too without sacrificing any of the smokiness, I promise! If you are fortunate to have your own outdoor grill, you too can follow this recipe of barbecue chicken and get an amazing result. If using an outdoor grill, you may coat your chicken with the barbecue sauce lightly in the beginning because if you add a thick coating of sauce from the start, it will burn quickly in open flame leaving a terribly bitter taste as the sauce contains sugar in it. Once the chicken is completely cooked, glaze them with a thick smear of barbecue sauce and leave it on grill for 5 to 6 minutes more for that ultimate glaze which is the primary attraction of barbecue chicken!
I tried to replicate the similar smokiness of an open flame grill using our trusty oven in my version of barbecue chicken. I baked the chicken legs in the oven after seasoning them with salt & pepper and coated with some oil. Also, I had covered the chicken pieces in aluminum foil to ensure they don’t get too dry in the oven while being baked. Once the chicken is fully cooked, I added a thick layer of barbecue sauce all over the chicken pieces and finished the glazing on a grill pan over stovetop. Doesn’t that sound a cool idea? It worked wonderfully for us as you can see from the pictures of our gorgeously glossy barbecue chicken legs with all that smoky grill marks all around! This homemade barbecue sauce is extremely versatile. It would be of great use if you make a good amount of this sauce at one go and freeze it. This recipe below will make about 2 cups of the sauce and for one pound of barbecue chicken you will need about half a cup of sauce to glaze. So, if you make a large batch of barbecue sauce, you are sorted for the whole summer! Happy barbecuing!
- Chicken drumsticks – 6 [I used skinless chicken drumsticks only but you can use any skin-on pieces too]
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Tomato ketchup – ½ cup
- Sriracha or any other hot sauce – ½ cup
- Apple cider vinegar – ⅓ cup
- Dijon mustard – 3 tbsp
- Honey – ¼ cup
- Light brown sugar – ½ cup
- Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves, minced
- Salt – ½ tsp
- Crushed black pepper to taste
- Mix all the ingredients for sauce in a small saucepan and gently simmer it on medium heat until reduced to half and turned thick. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes. Pour the sauce in a glass jar with airtight lid and use as required.
- Preheat your over at 200 C / 390 F. Take the chicken in a large bowl and toss with the vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray/smear cooking oil all over it. Aluminum foil is optional though but helps for easy clean up.
- Cover the chicken with another aluminum foil and roast them in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes turning them once in between after about 20 minutes.
- Once the chicken is nicely roasted and almost cooked through, take them out for glazing with the barbecue sauce.
- Heat a grill pan until super-hot. Brush it with some oil so the chicken doesn’t stick.
- Place the chicken on the hot grill pan and brush the top with barbecue sauce. Turn them over and brush the other side too. Continue to cook the chicken, basting frequently with the sauce, for about 5 to 6 minutes until the chicken legs are glazed thoroughly.
- Serve your hot & smoky barbecue chicken drumsticks with more barbecue sauce on the side. Enjoy!