Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce and Oven Baked BBQ Chicken

Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce and Oven Baked BBQ Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I love a great BBQ sauce, and I love grilled chicken, however, the two things do not always belong together in my world. I am in the minority this time of year, because it is much more comfortable for me to roast chicken in the oven than it is to deal with anything outdoors in the Phoenix heat. I am blessed with a kitchen where turning on the oven doesn't really heat up the house very much. We grill much more in the spring and fall than we do in the summertime.

I had a lot of chicken waiting to be cooked and I couldn't resist experimenting with another barbecue sauce. Memphis barbecue sauce is thinner and tangier than typical barbecue sauces. I really liked the tang vs the spice in this version. It was a fun change from our usual and definitely a sauce that I will make again. Every ingredient for this sauce is likely to already be in your refrigerator or pantry. The sauce came together in the time it took me to rinse and prep the chicken. An hour cook time, but less than 5 minutes of actual work made this my kind of meal.

Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce and Oven Baked BBQ Chicken
sauce recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light via Jenn's Food Journey
(printable recipe)

2 - 4 lbs bone in chicken
Sauce Ingredients: 
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, over medium low heat. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes and then remove from the heat. Divide the sauce and set aside 1 cup for dipping sauce*.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken skin side down on a large slightly rimmed baking sheet. Brush the chicken with the barbecue sauce and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the pieces over and coat with barbecue sauce. Place the chicken back in the oven, reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 15 minutes. Coat the chicken again and bake another 5-15 minutes depending on the size of the pieces. Juices should run clear when poked with a sharp knife. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

* Set this portion aside in a separate container, so that the brush from the uncooked chicken won't contaminate the reserved sauce.

Tangy Memphis BBQ Sauce and Oven Baked BBQ Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen




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17 comments:

  1. I love cooking bbq chicken in the oven. This looks like a great bbq sauce!

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  2. YUM! This sauce looks great! We usually grill all summer, but this summer has been so HOT that we really haven't grilled as much as we normally do! I'm ready for cooler temps to get the grill back out!

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  3. This sauce quickly became one of my favorites... the tang of it really hits the spot!

    The chicken looks perfect!!!

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  4. I love home-made BBQ sauce! This looks wonderful!

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  5. I have a sauce I've made for years but this sounds pretty great too! Finger licking good I bet!

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  6. YUUUUMMM! Your barbecue sauce and chicken looks AMAZING! I don't blame you for avoiding the barbecue in Phoenix summer heat. I feel ya right about now...with 106 today. No grillin' here...only chillin'. :)

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  7. I'm definitely a 'tang' person, so I know I'd love this. And since we don't have a grill, I need ideas like this. We finally got hit with the unbearable heat here, I can't imagine how you've been coping!

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  8. I'm with you--grilling isn't fun when it's 104. This is my Saturday dinner!

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    1. For this recipe, I used bone-in chicken thighs. Breasts work as well, just watch the time and adjust accordingly.

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  10. This is totally my kind of sauce, thin and vinegar is the way for me!!

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  11. Boy you are preaching to the choir on that one. I'd much rather stay cooped up in my air conditioned kitchen and use my stove top and oven rather that stand out on the searing deck and grill. Even the cool Rocky Mountains have been too hot. I'd like to try this sauce. I just had a friend touting the wonders of Memphis style sauce and I need to learn the regional differences.

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  12. This BBQ sauce sounds delicious and looks so nice and thick. I'll have to try it. It's so much better making it from scratch than buying the bottled stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Excellent sauce, I doubted the sauce, I also used Chicken Thighs, in a shallow baking dish, I placed some sauce in the dish, placed chicken skin side up, covered the chicken with more sauce, covered with aluminum foil, baked at 325 for 30 minutes, uncovered chicken did not turn them, and baked another 30 minutes, let it rest out of the over for 10 minutes and served with rice. LOTS of flavor and tender... Then use some of the sauce as pour over the chicken.

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  14. The smells coming out of my oven were out of this world, I couldn't wait to eat it. omg, this one is a KEEPER! yummy!

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  15. The ingredients for the sauce sounds so good. I can eat chicken every day! Pinned it!

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