A spoon scooping some bbq sauce for chicken with bbq chicken on the side.

The Best BBQ Sauce for Chicken

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ½ cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This is our favorite BBQ sauce for chicken, It has the perfect balance between sweet and tangy with a little hint of smokiness. It makes chicken taste amazing! It’s also quick to make and easily refined sugar-free.

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  • 1 cup ketchup (refined sugar-free, if needed)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons each: dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce,  and sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder
  • 6 drops liquid smoke


  1. Whisk the ingredients in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring the pot to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Prop the lid over the pot to prevent splatters but do not cover the pot completely.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the bbq sauce to cool before using or storing it.


Primal Kitchen is one brand that makes refined sugar-free ketchup.

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