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Grilled Chicken with Dad's Sweet BBQ Sauce


  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2-1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 6-12 chicken parts of your choosing
  • salt and ground black pepper


  1. Combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil and then decrease the heat to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes until thickened.

  2. Preheat the grill to medium. Next, trim excess fat from the chicken pieces amd remove the skin if desired. Wipe the chicken with damp paper towels; discard the towls immediately to prevent cross contamination. Season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on the grill and cook until the chicken is tender and no longer pink: 10-15 minutes per side for breasts and thighs, 8-12 minutes per side for drumsticks and wings.

  3. Finally, pour half of the sauce into a bowl to pass at the table; set aside. Baste the chicken with the remaining sauce only during the last few minutes of cooking, to prevent the sauce from burning.