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Top 10 BBQ Chicken Sauce Recipes

The Most Popular and Best BBQ Chicken Sauces


Chicken is amazingly versatile because it can take on so many flavors. Whether you grill it hot (but not too hot) or smoke it low and slow, chicken is a great and inexpensive way to have a barbecue. Because chicken doesn't have a lot of flavor on its own, you will need a great sauce to finish it off. These 10 BBQ chicken sauces are the best I know of. Better still, these sauces come in a wide variety of flavors, so there is something here for everyone.

Remember, sauces that contain sugars will burn at temperatures above 265 degrees F. so either keep the temperature low or apply them at the end of the cooking time.

1. Better BBQ Chicken Sauce

Simple yet delicious, this barbecue chicken sauce is easy to make and packed with flavor. Reminiscent of the barbecue sauces of yesteryear, this sauce will bring forth nostalgic memories of childhood cookouts and summer evenings. Try this barbecue sauce the next time you grill chicken and be pleasantly surprised.

2. North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce

North Carolina BBQ Chicken Sauce
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Smoked and pulled chicken takes half the time of pulled pork and gives you the fixings for a great barbecue sandwich. To give that smoked chicken a great barbecue flavor you need the perfect sauce, and this Carolina inspired sauce is perfect.

3. Cornell Barbecue Chicken Sauce

The famous barbecue sauce for chicken created at Cornell University's Farm Home Extension in the 1950's. This recipe was designed to get people to eat more chicken. Try it and see if it works. This is a classic of the 50's patio barbecue once occupied by Dad (or Grandad).

4. Caribbean Chicken Sauce

Caribbean Chicken Sauce
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Infused with colorful Caribbean flavors, this sauce has a hint of jerk style components that adds a powerful kick to grilled chicken. If serrano peppers are too spicy, use a milder jalapeno. If you are a seasoned hot pepper eater, then by all means, add 1 seeded habanero to the sauce as your pepper base. Enjoy this sauce thickly coated on your favorite chicken pieces or even use on pork or seafood.

5. Alabama White Barbecue Sauce

Alabama Barbecue Chicken in White Sauce
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This traditional Alabama Barbecue Sauce uses Mayonnaise as its base rather than tomato sauce, vinegar, or any of the other traditional barbecue sauce bases. Like many barbecue sauces you want to apply this only at the very end of your grilling or smoking. It will breakdown and separate if it is heated too long. Use this sauce on chicken and turkey. It is also good on pork. Alabama White Barbecue Sauce has a tangy flavor that is a great addition to grilled foods.

6. Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sauce

Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sauce
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A deeply rich sauce, bursting with sweet bourbon and tomato flavor, this barbecue sauce is a great accompaniment to chicken. Whether grilling breasts, thighs, or drumsticks, you'll fall in love with this bold, but delicious chicken sauce.

7. Apricot-Chili Glaze for Chicken

Rich with sweet apricot flavor and the boldness of Asian inspired ingredients, this barbecue sauce is perfect for chicken. Given that this is a somewhat sugary glaze, take care not to allow flare-ups on the grill as this can burn the meat. Monitored properly, this barbecue sauce will perfectly coat and caramelize on the meat, rendering a most mouthwatering grilled chicken experience. While this sauce works well on most pieces, I recommend using chicken thighs.

8. Smokey Chicken Sauce

Whether on smoked or grilled chicken, this barbecue chicken sauce will add extra flavor to your freshly cooked bird. This sauce works well on anything from rotisserie chicken to thighs, drumsticks, or even wings. So, slather on this sauce for tasty treat.

9. Balsamic-Cherry BBQ Sauce for Chicken

Sweet and tart from the cherry preserves and balsamic vinegar, this barbecue sauce is perfect for any cut of chicken. Apply this rich and flavorful glaze on wings, thighs, breast meat, or on a rotisserie chicken. Adjust the chipotle chili powder to your liking or simply replace with plain chili powder to add an earthy flavor with less heat.

10. Apple BBQ Sauce

You probably wouldn't think of applesauce as the base for a barbecue sauce. However, this recipe combines concentrated apple flavor with traditional ingredients, yielding a mouthwatering barbecue sauce specifically designed for grilled chicken. Be sure to pick an unsweetened applesauce so it doesn't turn out too sweet.
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