BBQ Chicken Recipe is easy to make with chicken thighs slow cooked in a crock pot or baked in the oven.
It could not get easier than with this homemade bbq sauce made with only four ingredients.
My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me in the late 1950s. Her original recipe contained only Heinz 57 and ketchup.
Sometime later, I added vinegar and chopped onions for additional taste.
A few years ago I changed the recipe a little more by deleting the onions from the sauce and adding the liquid
hickory smoke flavoring to create an outdoor grilled flavor.
2-2 1/2 lbs. chicken*
1/2 cup Heinz 57 steak sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
4 teaspoons liquid hickory smoke flavoring
Note: You may add 1/2 chopped or sliced onionn to the sauce.
Mix together all ingredients in a mixing bowl, except chicken, and set aside.
Wash chicken until water is clear and place parts in the bottom of a slow cooker. Spoon sauce over chicken to coat well. Turn pieces over to coat other side.
Place lid on cooker and turn heat to high. Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until they are done. They will be tender when probed with a fork and starting to turn loose from the bone.
Carefully remove cover, turn chicken pieces over and cook about 10 minutes longer, uncovered for the sauce to thicken slightly.
Remove to serving dish.
Top with leftover sauce or serve it as a side. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs if desired.
Note: To oven bake, spoon
bbq sauce over chicken, cover with aluminum foil, and cook 30 minutes.
Remove foil, turn chicken pieces over and bake another 30 minutes
uncovered, until tender and sauce has thickened.
Place on serving dish and spoon over more sauce, if desired.
Click here for other Barbecue Sauce Recipes to use with these chicken thighs.
*Cut up a whole chicken or use your favorite pieces such as wings, thighs, or drumsticks.
A frying size chicken is best used for this bbq chicken recipe.
A broiler chicken is a young chicken that weighs about 1 1/2-2lbs. A fryer weighs up to 3 lbs. and a roaster, which is a mature hen or rooster, weight over 3 lbs.
A fryer has more meat than a broiler and less fat than a mature chicken. It is more tender, contains some fat giving more flavor, and cooks up faster than a hen, which is an excellent choice for Chicken And Dumplings.
Chicken is an excellent alternative to red meat. It is a complete protein source and contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, and some other trace minerals and vitamins.
The bonus is that it is very tasty and almost everyone likes it!
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