Sugar Free Slow BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe

Love low and slow BBQ? This BBQ chicken thighs recipe is sugar-free! Did you know that most sauces and condiments are filled with hidden sugars? One tablespoon of tomato sauce alone has a whole teaspoon of sugar! But BBQ season would not the be the same without the delicious sauces and marinades that add to the flavour of grilled dishes. Good thing there are sugar free options for those who are diabetic, or simply cutting down their sugar intake for a healthier lifestyle.  Here is a great recipe to try on the BBQ this summer.


Sugar Free Slow BBQ  Chicken Thigh with Xylitol. Sugar Free Slow BBQ Chicken Thigh with Xylitol.



Low and Slow BBQ Chicken Thighs:


8 chicken thighs (about 2½ lbs) with or without skin


1/3 cup coarse salt

1/3 cup Naturally Sweet Xylitol

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/3 cup paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

4 cups water


Combine all dry ingredients in a large glass bowl. Add water and mix thoroughly. Add the chicken and allow it to marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge. Set the barbecue for indirect grilling (light one side of the grill to high and leave the other side off, placing the chicken thighs on the side that’s off) and cook the chicken for 2-3 hours, flipping halfway. Feel free to baste with more sauce. You’ll know the chicken is done when the thickest part reaches 170˚ F.


One thought on “Sugar Free Slow BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe”

  • Louise

    I would like to know what brown sugar is if it isn't sugar? Just making up the other ingredients and then adding xylitol to taste at the end would be enough!

    I have been sugar free now for over 4 years and it is incredible how much you don't miss sugar once you adapt to eating vegetables and protein as in meat, chicken, fish, eggs etc. I find just adding vanilla to something and some cinnamon is sweet enough for me. Sometimes I will add stewed granny smith apples to a cake mixture of almond and coconut flour or a couple of dates or some raisins only they are hard to find without some drongo putting canola oil in the bag prior to selling them.

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