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Happy Memorial Day Weekend 2012!

Here is a mouth watering BBQ Chicken recipe that seems to satisfy even the most finicky BBQ critics! It is very simple to make, and I find it to be among my very favorite BBQ Chicken recipes. You can use any type of grill or BBQ, and feel free to add or remove any ingredient that you or your friends and family may not like. But do so at the risk of ruining this delicious recipe!

● 4 Chicken Breasts Bone-In, 4 Drumsticks (or whole legs)
● 1/4 cup Vegetable oil
● 3/4 cup Chopped onion
● 3/4 cup Ketchup
● 1/3 cup Lemon juice or vinegar
● 3 tb Sugar
● 3 tb Worcestershire sauce
● 3 tb Mustard
● 1/2 ts Salt
● 1/2 ts Pepper

Rinse chickens with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Fire up the BBQ (I use a Webber grill with plain Kingsford charcoal) using direct heat method. In small saucepan, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions. Cook about 5 minutes or until soft. Add ketchup, lemon juice, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Simmer 20 minutes. You can make the sauce ahead of time and bring it to the park or friends house, just keep it refrigerated or in a cooler until using it.

Place chicken on grill on medium heat. Baste with sauce after about 20 minutes. Turn chicken. Baste again after 15 minutes. Cook 5 minutes longer or until chicken is done, turning and basting as needed. Cooking times can vary greatly depending on size of chicken pieces and intensity of heat, so keep an eye on it. Serve with fresh corn on the cob and deli-style potato salad.

If you decide to use wood chips, I recommend mesquite for this recipe as it gives a deliciously robust smoked flavor. Make sure to soak the wood chips in water for 1/2 hour prior to using them. You can either sprinkle them directly on the coal, or loosely wrap them in aluminum foil and place that directly on the charcoal. Many gas BBQ's have wood chip trays built in.

To grill the corn, soak in water for 2-hours ahead of time. Careful peel back the husks and remove the stringy fibers. Cover the corn back up with the husks and place on grill. Cook for 20 minutes turning frequently.

Enjoy with a good Chardonnay or ice cold Beer! Soda for the little ones as a special treat will do just fine!