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Chicken Drumsticks with Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce

Tender BBQ chicken is a special kind of comfort food. There’s just nothing like that smoky sweet flavor, and the way it caramelizes and crisps on the outside of the chicken as it cooks. When it comes to the chicken part of the barbecue chicken equation.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq chicken, chicken drumsticks, homemade bbq sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 145kcal


Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce:

  • 15 ounce can Tuttorosso tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tuttorosso tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper plus more to taste


  • 12 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • For the BBQ sauce, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring all sauce ingredients to a boil. Reduce the heat to keep the sauce at a simmer, whisking frequently, until thickened and slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Taste and adjust heat and seasonings as desired.
  • Grill Method: Heat your grill. Grill the drumsticks, turning 2 or 3 times to allow the chicken to brown all sides and brushing with additional BBQ sauce as they cook, until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes to 20 minutes. Serve.
  • Oven Method: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Season the skinless chicken thighs with salt and pepper and coat them on all sides with BBQ sauce. Bake for 35 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and brush each drumstick with BBQ sauce. Bake until the chicken is cooked through or the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 800IU | Vitamin C: 5.5mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2.4mg