Transport your taste buds to a backyard barbecue with our BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. This recipe celebrates the simplicity and flavor of classic barbecue, delivering juicy, smoky, and perfectly grilled chicken drumsticks. Fire up the grill, baste on the barbecue sauce, and get ready for a finger-lickin' good time with this crowd-pleasing dish.
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are a quintessential favorite, combining the succulence of chicken with the smoky allure of the barbecue. The drumsticks, marinated to perfection and then grilled to achieve a crispy exterior, are basted with a tangy barbecue sauce that caramelizes on the grill. The result is a delightful balance of sweet, savory, and smoky flavors that make these drumsticks a hit at any barbecue gathering.
For the Chicken:
12 chicken drumsticks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the BBQ Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and black pepper to taste
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In a bowl, combine olive oil, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt to create the marinade.
Pat the chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels. Coat them evenly with the marinade, ensuring each drumstick is well covered. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate for up to 24 hours for enhanced flavor.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
In a saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Simmer the sauce over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, allowing it to thicken.
Grill the marinated drumsticks for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are fully cooked and have a crispy exterior.
Brush the BBQ sauce over the drumsticks during the last 5-10 minutes of grilling, allowing the sauce to caramelize.
Remove the BBQ Chicken Drumsticks from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
Serve the drumsticks hot, with extra barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.
Tips for this recipe
For a smokier flavor, use wood chips or chunks on the grill. Adjust the level of spiciness by adding cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the BBQ sauce. Pair the BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, corn on the cob, or potato salad for a complete barbecue experience.