BBQ Chicken Quarters

BBQ Chicken Quarters
Servings: 8 Prep 20 mins Cook 1 hr 5 mins Grill 1 hr to 1 hr 10 mins


BBQ Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet green pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon liquid hot-pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), quartered

Make It

BBQ Sauce:

1. In large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat until melted and bubbly. Add the onion, sweet green pepper and garlic; saute for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.

2. To the saucepan, add the tomatoes, ketchup, water, red-wine vinegar, dark-brown sugar, mustard, paprika, cumin, hot-pepper sauce, salt and black pepper; stir to mix well. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover; lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

3. Uncover saucepan; cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat until ready to use. Sauce may be prepared ahead and refrigerated, tightly covered, for up to 3 days.

4. Prepare outdoor grill with medium-hot coals, or heat gas grill to medium-high. Lightly brush grill grid with vegetable oil. (Or cook chicken using oven method, below.)


5. Reserve half the BBQ sauce (about 2-1/4 cups) for serving on the side and use the other half for cooking chicken.

6. Grill the chicken, uncovered, for 5 minutes on each side. Spoon the BBQ sauce generously over the chicken. Cover the grill; grill the chicken for 10 minutes. Spoon on more sauce; turn the chicken over and continue to grill, covered, turning the chicken pieces over every 5 to 10 minutes, spooning on more sauce each time, until the internal temperature registers 170 degrees F on an instant-read meat thermometer inserted in the thickest parts without touching any bone. The total cooking time will be about 60 to 70 minutes; do not spoon any sauce over the chicken quarters during the last 10 minutes of grilling.

7. Serve chicken with reserved BBQ sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 597, Fat, total (g): 31, chol. (mg): 220, sat. fat (g): 10, carb. (g): 26, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 54, sodium (mg): 979, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.