All-American Chicken with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce


Brush on the barbecue sauce on the chicken only during the last 15 minutes of grilling for a gorgeous glaze that won't have time to burn.

All-American Barbecued Chicken
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
4 hrs
Grill Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 3 pound meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)

  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup lager beer

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • cup white balsamic vinegar

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon Asian chile sauce (if desired)

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, stir together lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Pour over chicken; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. Place chicken, bone sides down, on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170°F for breast halves, 180°F for thighs and drumsticks), brushing with half of the Balsamic BBQ Sauce during the last 15 minutes of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Place chicken pieces on grill rack over burner that is off. Grill as above.)

  3. To serve, pass the remaining Balsamic Barbecue Sauce with the chicken.

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan combine beer, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, honey, cumin, Asian chile sauce (if desired), chili powder, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until mixture reaches desired consistency, stirring frequently. (Cover and chill any leftovers for up to 1 week. Before serving, warm sauce in saucepan.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

630 Calories
37g Fat
26g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 630
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 900mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 12.4mg 62%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 629mg 13%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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