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Easy BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on round platter.

Easy BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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These are the easiest BBQ Chicken Drumsticks! Bone-in and skin-on chicken drumsticks simmer in a quick and delicious homemade bbq sauce before being transferred to the grill for caramelization and a kiss of char!
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, chicken, cookout, drumsticks, grilling, summer
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 10 servings
Calories 335
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce or low-sodium tamari if gluten free
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 to 3½ pound bone-in skin on chicken drumsticks


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, measure and add in the tomato puree, sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke, worcestershire and chili powder.
  • Bring to a low boil, reduce to medium-low and add in the drumsticks.
  • Cover and simmer for 30 minute or until fully cooked.
  • Preheat grill to 400 to 425°. Once preheated, grill the drumstick turning every few minutes when grill marks appear, baste with extra bbq sauce as they grill.
  • Serve hot with extra sauce on the side.


Have Leftover Sauce?
Any leftover barbecue sauce and be frozen for later or used through out the week with grilled chicken, pork or seafood of choice.
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on SimplyScratch.com should only be used as a general guideline.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 831mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg