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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Barbecue Sauce

I've never really thought about what goes into barbecue sauce until recently.  Somehow I found myself looking at barbecue sauces on Pinterest, among other things, and realized that it's fairly simple to make and that I always have the necessary ingredients on hand.

Why not give it a try, right?  So I did, and this is yet another one of those things I wish I'd done sooner and I'll never buy again.

Prep Time: 5-10 min | Simmer until ready for use 
Adapted from {The Pioneer Woman}

Chicken Legs (12)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/4 whole Onion, Diced
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
4 Tablespoons Distilled Vinegar (less To Taste)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 cup Honey
Pinch of Salt

  • Season and bake chicken legs as you normally would until done.*
  • While the chicken is baking, heat canola oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. 
  • Add onion and garlic, and cook for five minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. 
  • Allow to simmer while the chicken bakes. 
  • Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  • Remove chicken from oven and ensure it's set to 350 degrees.
  • With tongs, dip each chicken leg into the sauce, submerging completely. 
  • Place each leg back onto the pan after coating and return to the oven for five minutes.
  • Finally, remove the chicken from the oven and brush/dab generously with remaining sauce. 
*I bake my chicken on a cooling rack (be sure to coat it with cooking spray first) that's placed inside of a cookie sheet that's covered in aluminum.  This helps the chicken to cook quicker and more evenly (see below).
Talk about finger-licking good...

Happy Eating!

Do you make any homemade sauces?!?




  1. Yuuummmmy!!! It's funny because I just made some bbq sauce the other night. I put some boneless chicken breast on the George Forman and saw that I was out of Heinz 57 (I love eating with chicken), so I made some bbq sauce. Emma loved it...she ended up dipping her corn on the cob in it, lol! But anyways, your chicken looks awesome and I love the Pioneer Woman. I've watched her on the Food Network and I use her recipe for homemade breakfast potatoes which are really yummy

  2. Thank you for sharing this home-made version! Pinning it and can't wait to try it!

    Have a great weekend Nicole!



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