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Sweet Heat BBQ Chicken

The Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce has a subtle sweet taste when you first try it, then the heat gets you. Not too spicy (though you can adjust the spices to your tastes) but just enough for you to notice the sweet-heat combination. It's the perfect combination for a BBQ sauce.
Author: Lisa Kerhin


For the BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Texas Pete hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp dried onion
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • boneless and skinless chicken breasts as many as you need to feed your family
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.


To prepare the sauce:

  • In a medium sauce pan, combine and stir the ketchup, spicy brown mustard, cider vinegar, hot sauce, brown sugar, dried onion, and ground chipotle.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and let cook till thickened, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Set aside to cool and use at room temperature. Store unused sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. for several weeks.

To cook the chicken:

  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper
  • Heat grill to medium temperature
  • Grill the chicken till it's cooked through, about 20 minutes, turning once halfway.
  • Brush on sweet heat BBQ sauce when there is five minutes left of cooking time. Turn and repeat the other side.
  • Serve with extra sauce on the side.
  • Recipe from: Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen cookbook.