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BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

April 26, 2023 • 0 comments

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Be careful with this recipe - you will end up with the best BBQ chicken in town.
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  • Servings: 10-12


  • (1 Tablespoon) canola oil (for BBQ sauce)
  • (2) garlic cloves, minced (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1/2) onion, finely chopped (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1 cup) ketchup (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1/3 cup) molasses (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1/3 cup) packed light brown sugar (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1/4 cup) mined canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1/4 cup or slightly less to taste) distilled white vinegar (for BBQ sauce)
  • (1 Tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce (for BBQ sauce)
  • (to taste) kosher salt (for BBQ sauce)
  • (for brushing) canola oil (for chicken)
  • (6-7 pounds (about 24)) skin on chicken drumsticks, patted dry
  • (to taste) kosher salt (for chicken)
  • (to taste) freshly ground black pepper (for chicken)


For BBQ sauce:
  1. Heat the canola oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to low.
  4. Add the ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, chipotles, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and a pinch of salt and stir.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
  6. Set aside about 1/2 cup of the sauce in a separate bowl for serving.

For chicken:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 ̊.
  2. Brush 2 rimmed baking sheets with canola oil.
  3. Season the drumsticks with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide between the baking sheets, without letting the pieces touch.
  5. Bake until the drumsticks are very tender and beginning to brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
  6. Turn the drumsticks over and brush with about half the sauce.
  7. Return to the oven and bake until glazed, about 5 minutes.
  8. Turn the drumsticks again and brush with the remaining sauce.
  9. Bake until sticky and glazed, about 5 minutes more.
  10. Serve with the reserved sauce.