Author: Simple Foodie

Kansas City Style BBQ Chicken

Kansas City Style BBQ Chicken

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Servings: 8

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Kansas City Style BBQ Chicken Recipe. The combination of the rub and the sauce in this recipe will give you a full sweet smoky flavor to the bone.


kosher salt 1/4 cup
brown sugar 1/2 cup packed
brown sugar 1/4 cup packed
black pepper 3 Tbsps
cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp
celery seed 1/2 tsp
garlic powder 1 Tbsp
onion powder 1 Tbsp
paprika 1/4 cup
cider vinegar 1/2 cup
honey 1/4 cup
molasses 1/4 cup
mustard 2 Tbsps
spiced rum 2 Tbsps
liquid smoke 1 Tbsp
Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup
allspice (ground) 1 tsp
chili powder 1 Tbsp
ground cloves 1/4 tsp
garlic powder 2 tsps
black pepper 2 tsps
kosher salt 2 tsps
ketchup 4 cups
chicken breast 6
chicken thigh 6
chicken wing 8
chicken leg 6


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the rub and mix well.
  2. Wash your chicken well and pat dry with paper towels. Season with the rub, cover, and place in the refrigerator.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat combine all the wet and dry ingredients except the ketchup.
  4. Make sure all the dry ingredients have dissolved.
  5. Stir in the ketchup and bring to a boil.
  6. Lower to a simmer and cook uncovered for 30 minutes. Taste and add additional salt and pepper to taste. Separate the sauce into two bowls. One for basting and the other for serving.
  7. Prepare your grill for indirect heat grilling (see notes). Place the chicken onto the grill away from the fire. Cook for 1 to 2 hours until the chicken is done. Baste the chicken with the barbeque sauce and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the grill and serve with the remaining barbeque sauce.


If you have a gas grill have one side of the grill turned on and the other off. Place the ribs on the side that is turned off and close the barbeque. This allows the heat to circulate and cook your ribs without burning them. If you are using a charcoal barbeque separate the coals to both sides of the barbeque and none in the middle. Place the ribs in the center of the grill and put the top on the barbeque. Seriously consider using smoke wood chips when making ribs for added flavor.