Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe for Grilled Chicken

We eat a lot of chicken here in our home and often buy it in-bulk from a local meat shop to save money. My husband and I both love white meat, but from time to time, we will indulge in a little dark meat too. Now that summer is here, we’re eating a lot more chicken and we love tossing it onto a hot grill and smothered in some homemade barbecue sauce.

This recipe for homemade barbecue sauce is more on the ‘sweet side’ than the ‘spicy side’ and reminds me of a popular sauce that comes in a bottle. If you like a spicier sauce, you can add in some drops of hot sauce to spice it up. If you want to add-in a little garlic flavor, feel free to add in a little bit of garlic powder or garlic salt.

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe - Perfect for Grilled Chicken

Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe for Chicken

1 pkg. dry onion soup mix (comes in a packet)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 cups ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

In a medium mixing bowl combine together the dry onion soup mix, brown sugar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. If you like a spicier sauce, add in a few drops of hot sauce to suit your own taste buds. Refrigerate the sauce for 2 hours to allow flavors to infuse.

Toss your chicken onto a hot grill. During the last 5-7 minutes of the cooking process, brush the barbecue sauce onto both sides of the chicken and then finish cooking. Remove from grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love this sauce because it uses ingredients that we usually have in the pantry or refrigerator. I think I would add garlic powder and some fresh lemon juice to it.

  2. I have used a similar sauce to this when I grilled ribs. Using the onion soup mix sure gave it a nice flavor. Noticed that you have Brussel sprouts on the plate. I grilled some last night and they were really good. Easy to do too.

  3. Tamra Phelps says:

    Using dry soup mix is a good idea that I haven’t tried before! I’ll give it a try. I was planning chicken for dinner anyway.

  4. Sarah L says:

    That’s a clever use of the dried onion soup mix. I can see where it would make a good BBQ sauce. I would personally add the garlic since I think most things can use some garlic.

  5. I am one that likes the hot and spicy recipes. I put red pepper flakes in most everything and even dashes of hot sauce and cayenne. We have community grills at the apartment but I’m looking forward to trying it in my Instant Pot. I’m sure it’s pretty easy and quick.

  6. Cathy Jarolin says:

    This Homemade BBQ Sauce. Sounds Awesome. I know it is Delicious just by what is in the ingredients. We love sweeter BBQ Sauce and not crazy about spicy or Hot sauce. Your sauce will work just fine! Thank You for sharing this Yummy BBQ Sauce Recipe. I pinned it…