At our home, it just wouldn't be Labor Day weekend without preparing some type of barbecue. Generally, my family and I have always grilled burgers, weiners, and BBQ pork steaks outdoors for the last summer holiday, but this year we are preparing barbecue chicken in various ways. For this recipe, I used chicken leg quarters and prepared my own barbecue sauce. I hope you all enjoy it!
- 10 to 12 pieces of chicken leg quarters
- Homemade barbecue sauce (a list of ingredients will be below for the barbecue sauce).
Ingredients for making the BBQ sauce:
- 2 cups of ketchup (If you desire, you can use 15 ounces of tomato sauce and 1 can of tomato paste as a substitute for ketchup.)
- 1 pint jar of honey
- 2-4 tablespoons of mustard (the amount you use should depend on how tangy you like your barbecue sauce).
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons of ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon of onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Instructions for preparing the sauce and the chicken leg quarters:
In a bowl, mix the BBQ sauce ingredients together. Combine well. Set aside. At this point, you can cook your barbecue sauce in a saucepan to thicken it, if you'd like. I didn't do that today.
Place the chicken in a large roasting pan. Then transfer the pan to a 425-degree oven and allow the chicken to bake for approximately 15 minutes. Don't worry about seasoning the chicken at this point.
Next, mop as much of the barbecue sauce as you desire over the chicken leg quarters.
Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Then finish cooking the chicken leg quarters for about 45 to 50 minutes.
Serve and enjoy! I wish everyone a safe, blessed, and happy Labor Day weekend!