Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

The combination of a flavorful spice rub and a honey-chipotle barbecue sauce makes this chicken stand out.


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot or mild onion
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs


  • Preheat your grill.
  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, then add shallots. Saute 2-3 minutes, stirring, until tender. Turn the heat down to low. Add ketchup, water, honey, cider vinegar, mustard, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir well and cook about 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Turn off the heat and let sit while you fix everything else.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the 1/4 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, cumin and pepper. Sprinkle the mix over the chicken pieces, pressing in so it sticks.
  • Grill the chicken until almost done, about 15 minutes on each side over indirect heat.
  • Baste chicken with sauce, turn over, baste the top side and cook 1 minute. Baste again with more sauce, turn over, baste again, and cook another minute.
  • Serve remaining sauce at the table.