Recipe of the Month: Sweet & Tangy Chicken Thighs with Memphis-Style Sauce (with Bonus Recipe)

Sweet and Tangy Chicken Thighs Recipe

Oh, is there anything better than saucy, sweet, tangy, grilled chicken? Well, sure there is. Let’s be honest, but it is pretty damn good; especially when you serve it up with a few of your favourite BBQ sides. We’re partial to a macaroni salad (the creaminess contrasts so well with the tanginess of the Memphis-style sauce) and some warm cornbread. Plus, the timing for this recipe works out perfectly if you want to make a fresh batch of cornbread for yourself – check out the recipe at the bottom of the page (yup - a bonus recipe).



2 pounds chicken thighs (whether you want them to be bone-in, skin-on, or completely boneless and naked, that is up to you)

1 cup buttermilk

Prairie Smoke & Spice Sweet & Tangy Chicken & Rib Rub (for marinade)

½ cup ketchup

¼ cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

2 teaspoons Prairie Smoke & Spice Sweet & Tangy Chicken & Rib Rub



STEP 1: Assemble your ingredients. Place a large grill-safe pan on one side of the grill. Preheat the opposite side to medium-high heat (so the pan is over indirect heat), and then clean the grate. 

Sweet and Tangy Chicken Recipe

STEP 2: Place the chicken in a deep dish and pour the buttermilk over top. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour. If you want to make cornbread (see recipe, below), now would be a good time!

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STEP 3: Take the chicken out of the fridge and transfer it to a paper towel-lined bowl; the point here is to get rid of excess buttermilk, but it doesn’t have to be totally dry.

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STEP 4: Discard the paper towel and season the chicken generously with the Prairie Smoke & Spice Sweet & Tangy Chicken & Rib Rub. Season, then stir; season, then stir. You essentially want it to evoke the colour of a gently setting sun on a late-summer night. Who knew raw chicken could be so poetic?

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STEP 5: When the grill is preheated to about 400-415°F, transfer the seasoned chicken to the pan. Cover, then make the sauce!

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STEP 6: Place a small saucepan over low-medium heat and add the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and the 2 teaspoons Prairie Smoke & Spice Sweet & Tangy Chicken & Rib Rub. Whisk it up, bring to a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

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STEP 7: After the chicken has been cooking for 15 minutes, rotate the pan. Cover and cook for another 15. Take the chicken’s temperature (just with a meat thermometer. Don’t make this weird), and if it’s reached 165°F, it’s time to get saucy! If not, keep cooking until it’s reached 165°F. No one wants undercooked chicken.

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STEP 8: Now take your nice and warm sauce and brush it all over the chicken.

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STEP 9: Transfer the chicken to the lit side of the grill, sauce-side down. Now brush the bottoms with sauce (hehe) and flip ‘em over.

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STEP 10: Give those thighs one more flip and sauce, and then transfer them to a serving dish.

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STEP 11: That’s it, friends! Just serve these tangy little beauties with your choice of sides and enjoy ‘em while they’re hot!

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Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8x8 baking pan. Line with parchment paper, if desired. In a large bowl, whisk 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and a quarter teaspoon salt. In another bowl, whisk ¼ cup melted butter (cooled to room temperature) with ¼ cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 ¼ cup buttermilk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix until well combined, and pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Enjoy warm!

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