Honey Ginger Barbecue Chicken

The smell of summer to me is a few things, my favorite being BBQ. I always get a little jealous when our neighbors start up the grill at 9PM at night, yes they still live like they are in college, although they aren’t. Anyway, just the smell of their selection of meats makes me salivate even writing this, maybe it’s because they are all chefs at Whole Foods, so I am sure it is top notch. But either way, I have almost invited myself over on more than one occasion.
I also love, watching my hubby stand by the grill…I know this is weird but to me it is very sexy. I remember the first time I thought this, he had our oldest, Aiden who was about 11 months at the time in a backpack carrier for kids, he put him in there and they started to grill it was their “male bonding time”.
Maybe it’s the memories I have throughout my life, but I sure love the smell of summer and the delicious BBQ that follows. Here is my favorite, and my kid’s favorite grilled BBQ chicken!

Honey Ginger Barbecue Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Honey Ginger Barbecue Chicken

With a touch of caramelized sweetness from the ginger and honey, this takes your traditional barbecue sauce and elevates it to a whole new level.


  • 4lbs. chicken drumsticks or thighs, I used bone-in but you can easily substitute for boneless-skinless, 3lbs. chicken thighs or 3 lbs. chicken breast
  • 1 (packed) cup brown Sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ¼ heaping cup honey, meaning a little over ¼ cup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and diced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, you can use regular paprika too
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



Mix brown sugar, ketchup, red wine vinegar, water, honey, fresh ginger, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, paprika, kosher salt and pepper in a large bowl. Place chicken in marinade. Cover and let chicken marinade for at least 1 hour, I make it in the morning and let it sit all day in the fridge. I also, like to throw all the ingredients into a Ziplock and let it marinade this way.

Heat gas or charcoal grill, remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill and cook 3-4 minutes, then using the left over sauce baste the chicken, turn over the chicken and cook another 3-4 minutes. Repeat the process until the chicken is done, it takes my grill 20-25 minutes to cook the chicken thoroughly, and center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Remove from grill and serve. Or cover with foil and serve later.

Great to serve with grilled corn on the cob, cornbread – my favorite Sweet Jalapeno Cornbread and coleslaw.

Want to make this into a slow cooker recipe, add chicken and marinade in a crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8.


Total time does not include the time you let your chicken marinade.


With a touch of caramelized sweetness from the ginger and honey, this takes your traditional barbecue sauce and elevates it to a whole new level.


  1. Angela S says

    That looks so delish! I plan to mix things up a bit on the grill this summer, and will have to try this recipe for sure! I don’t cook with ginger very often.

    • Sandra says

      Why not give your husband an excuse to grill and you the break from cooking for a night? :) I am excited for the family to try this dish out! Happy grilling! xo San

  2. Shauna says

    There is something about honey, ginger, and the taste of the grill that blend so nicely. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. says

    This looks amazing…perfect for BBQ time.. thanks for sharing, we love chicken on the grill and ginger is a great item to add to your BBQ….

  4. says

    Looks so sticky-licious!! This will be a must try next bbq! I bet it would be yummy on wings too – have you tried it in the crockpot?

    • Sandra says

      This barbecue chicken is a wonderful meal! I haven’t tried it in the crockpot, but that sounds like a good idea. Have fun making it! xo San

    • Sandra says

      This dish work for any kind of setting! Summer is here, and what a perfect to dish to serve to all of your friends! Have fun making it! xo San

  5. says

    There’s nothing that beats the smell and taste of BBQ on a Summer evening! We’ve already grilled out several times and you really do miss that taste over the winter, that’s for sure. This recipe looks and sounds beyond delicious!

  6. says

    Your honey BBQ chicken looks heavenly! Three cheers for the Summer and BBQ season! Thanks for stopping by the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. We are so glad you came! Blessings, Shari

    • Sandra says

      Thanks for your comment! This dish is totally wonderful for the summer! You’re welcome too. I loved stopping by! xo San

  7. Amy D says

    I wish I wasn’t sorta scared of using my grill. I mean my husband is our grill master, and I am the stove one! These look so good!

    • Sandra says

      Honey and ginger is a yummy combination, and makes a dish wonderful! Have fun making it this summer! xo San


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