BBQ chicken drumsticks stacked into a pile on a white plate.
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BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks cooked in an easy homemade BBQ sauce and then grilled to crispy, smokey perfection! An easy recipe that's always a crowd pleaser.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 12 large chicken drumsticks , washed and pat dry


  • Add all ingredients (besides the chicken) to a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Stir well to combine. Bring mixture to a gentle boil, then add the raw chicken drumsticks.
  • Turn heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and ladle some of the sauce into a cup.
  • Prepare your grill by oiling it well and bringing it to HIGH heat.
  • Once grill is hot, add chicken drumsticks. (The chicken is cooked at this point, you're just wanting to char the skin a bit). Lather some of the extra BBQ Sauce on the chicken as you grill it, and rotate the chicken drumsticks as each side becomes lightly charred. If your grill is hot enough, this should only take a few minutes!



Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 980mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.3mg