Honey Chili Barbecue Chicken

Honey Chili Barbecue Chicken - an easy homemade chili barbecue sauce gets combined with honey, then brushed on in multiple layers to create a deliciously sticky sweet glaze on barbecue chicken.
Course BBQ/Grilling, Dinner
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 3-4 pounds of chicken pieces , well trimmed
  • cup honey

For the Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 large red onion , diced
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 large very ripe diced tomatoes with the skins removed ( or a 28-32 ounce can crushed tomatoes)
  • c ups brown sugar
  • ½ cup malt vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 4 tbsp chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. To prepare the barbecue sauce
  2. Saute the onion and garlic all together with the olive oil in a medium sized saucepan until the onions have softened.
  3. Add the tomatoes. Simmer gently together until the tomatoes begin break down and get mushy (or until the sauce is reduced by ¼ if using canned tomatoes).
  4. Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce.
  5. Simmer all together over low heat for about a half hour or until the sauce reaches the consistency of a good barbeque sauce. I like mine a little thicker than most because it is easier to brush on whatever is being grilled. Store in airtight mason jars in the fridge.
  6. To make Honey Chili Barbecue Chicken
  7. Take one cup of this sauce and blend in ⅓ cup good quality honey.
  8. Grill your chicken pieces until almost completely cooked, then start brushing on the glaze over low flame, turning the chicken pieces often and continuing to brush multiple layers of the glaze onto them, until the pieces are fully cooked.