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BBQ Chicken with Chipotle

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 80 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Chicken, main, Grilled
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Southwest


BBQ Chicken with Chipotle, smoky, spicy and sweet, cooked low and slow on the barbecue, with a scratch-made Chipotle BBQ sauce (and a quick “cheater” version).


  • 12 pieces skin-on, bone-in Chicken (thighs and legs work best)
  • salt and pepper to taste
 Chipotle BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 smashed garlic cloves
  • 2 T oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/4 C tomato paste
  • 1/3 C whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 1 small can Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce ( use 2 peppers, 3 Tablespoons adobo sauce)
  • 3 T Worcestershire
  • 2 T balsamic
  • 1/2 C honey
  • 3 T molasses
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • cracked pepper


  1. Pre-heat Grill to High heat.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Make the BBQ SAUCE : ( See notes for fast version) In a medium pot, saute diced onion and smashed garlic in oil and butter on medium high heat until tender. Add tomato paste and stir constantly, frying in the oil, about 2 minutes. De-glaze with whiskey. Simmer for 1 minute, add  the remaining ingredients -ketchup, chipotles and adobo sauce, Worcestershire, balsamic, molasses, soy sauce, honey, cracked pepper and water. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender or in a blender (careful to cover blender lid with a towel, and hold lid down firmly while starting on lowest speed- to prevent a blender explosion that occurs with hot liquids).  Return to pot, cover, and keep on low heat until ready to use. Taste, adjust salt, heat and sweetness to your personal preference.
  4. Lay the chicken, skin sides down on a hot grill for a 5-7 minutes, turning as needed to give all the skin a good sear, being careful not to burn. Once you have a good sear, lower heat or move pieces to a cooler spot on the grill, or turn grill to medium low heat.
  5. Cover and let cook for 20 minutes. Turn them over and baste them with BBQ sauce, cover and grill for 20 more minutes. Turn over and baste other side with BBQ sauce, covering for another 20-30 minutes or until thigh registers 170 F. Turn grill up to high and give skin side one last hot sear to crisp them up. Let rest few minutes before serving.


FASTER Chipotle BBQ Sauce : Blend 2 Cups of your favorite bottled BBQ sauce with the chipotle peppers (you could start conservatively and add more to taste) and adobo sauce, add honey to taste.  Sometimes a teaspoon of soy sauce helps to give it more depth if it needs it.


  • Calories: 375

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