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Sweet chili BBQ chicken

I'd say this chicken falls in the category of lip smackin' hot damn good! The sauce starts with a tomato base and grows from there, getting its sweetness from brown sugar and honey, and a little kick from chili powder and cayenne. Yeehaw! Mama's got her cowgirl apron on now, son!

Here's how I made it:

1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup malt vinegar
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/2 lbs chicken pieces (I used skinless thighs)

I stirred together all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a small mixing bowl. I set aside half the sauce for later, and poured the rest over the chicken pieces and gave them a toss to get 'em all good and saucy.

The chicken went on the BBQ for about 8 minutes a side until cooked through. While Mr. Feedbag manned the grill, I warmed the remaining sauce in a large saucepan then removed it from the heat. The cooked chicken was added to the saucepan and tossed once more to get each piece even more saucy. Yum!

There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, which isn't something I usually like to do as a busy family cook. But the extra trips to the drawer for measuring spoons and fiddling with spice jar lids is totally worth it. Try this one. You'll like it.

Do you make your own BBQ sauce? What goes into yours? Tell me about the yumminess that's coming off your BBQ this summer!