A Culinary Experiment That Earned Raves

"This is terrific for outdoor cooking," Geraldine Burchard writes. "I serve it for our annual Fourth of July party and for our Sunday school group. The kids love it with potato salad. I really don't care much for bottled barbecue sauces. So I just started doing a little experimenting with some ingredients I had around the house and they worked." JOE'S BARBECUED CHICKEN

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/3 cup corn oil

1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon minced onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon catsup

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1 chicken, cut up

Orange slices, optional

Mix together vinegar, corn oil, Worcestershire, onion, garlic, salt, catsup, hot pepper sauce and mustard in shallow glass casserole. Add chicken pieces and let stand at least 3 hours.

Brush chicken with sauce and place on broiler rack or barbecue grill over medium-hot coals about 5 inches from heat. Broil or grill about 45 minutes, basting with sauce and turning frequently, until chicken is tender and browned. Serve immediately. Garnish with orange slices. Makes 4 servings.

--GERALDINE BURCHARD

Playa del Rey

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