Barbecued Chicken Drumsticks

Barbecue chicken legs

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  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1092 Calories
57g Fat
33g Carbs
105g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1092
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 332mg 111%
Sodium 1644mg 71%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 105g
Calcium 84mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

What's more fun to eat than a tasty chicken drumstick? Especially one covered with a thick, glistening barbecue glaze.


  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (to grease pan)

Steps to Make It

  1. With a sharp knife, make two slashes, about 1-inch apart into the thickest part of the drumstick, cutting to the bone. Transfer the chicken to a large sealable plastic freezer bag.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce with the rest of the ingredients. Pour into the bag of chicken, press out most of the air and seal tightly. Shake the bag gently to distribute the sauce evenly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 F.

  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease lightly with vegetable oil. Remove the chicken from the bag with tongs and space evenly on the pan. Discard the contents of the bag. Brush both sides of the drumsticks with barbecue sauce.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and brush generously with more sauce. Return to the oven and repeat this brushing process three more times, for a total cooking time of about 50-60 minutes. When done, the chicken will be fork tender and sport a thick, beautiful glaze.