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 barbecue chicken 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 F/103 C so either keep the temperature low or apply them only at the end of the cooking time.
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Go for the classic flavor of barbecued chicken with this simple, rich, and sweet sauce. It's the secret to perfectly grilled chicken. Make sure you have a lot of napkins on hand.
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This is the barbecue sauce that made Big Bob Gibson's restaurant one of the top destinations on the barbecue trail. It's a mayonnaise-based (yes, mayonnaise) barbecue sauce that is perfect for chicken and if you ever manage to make it down to Decatur, Alabama, you have to stop in and give it a try in its native habitat.
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A great way to make barbecue chicken is to smoke the bird low and slow and shred the meat. This makes a wonderful alternative to pulled pork that is quick and easy. This sauce, inspired by the barbecue sauces of the mountain country of the Carolinas, is the perfect sauce for pulled chicken. It has the tangy tartness of vinegar with a touch of sweet and heat.
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This is the famous barbecue sauce for chicken created at Cornell University's Farm Home Extension in the 1950s. It was designed to get people to eat more chicken. Try it and see if it works. This is a classic of the '50s patio barbecue.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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For some reason, the flavor of bourbon works perfectly with chicken. This rich and deep barbecue sauce has a bourbon base but is piled high with flavor, from ancho chili to dijon mustard. This is a sophisticated and amazingly good sauce for chicken.
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Sweet flavors work well with chicken, and this barbecue sauce starts out with apricot preserves to create that sweetness.
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Want to add a rich depth of flavor to your grilled or smoked chicken? This sauce brings that along with a hint of smokiness that will have you dreaming of summer cookouts any time of the year. This sauce balances tangy red-wine vinegar with brown sugar in a ketchup base and is the perfect sauce for basting chicken right on the grill.
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Sweetness with heat is what gives this sauce a distinctly Caribbean flavor that makes an almost jerk-style chicken. It has buckets of flavor with just enough spicy heat to make it really interesting. This is a perfect sauce for any cut of chicken from breasts to wings. You will want to keep a bottle of this one in the refrigerator at all times.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Applesauce doesn't sound like the starting ingredient of a great barbecue sauce, but here it is. Apple is a perfect accompaniment for chicken and this sauce brings the savory and the sweet to any kind of chicken you are grilling or smoking (or baking).
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This is the perfect barbecue sauce for sticky, sweet chicken. The combination of bourbon for kick and maple syrup for sweetness makes this a fantastically rich sauce.