Jack Daniel's Barbecue Chicken Drumettes Recipe

Spicy Jack Daniel's Barbecue Chicken Drumettes

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
848 Calories
44g Fat
34g Carbs
76g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 848
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 1740mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 76g
Calcium 102mg 8%
*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.)

A hot and spicy Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce flavors these great-tasting baked chicken drumettes. We used Sriracha sauce to add nice heat to the sauce, but cayenne pepper or another hot sauce could be used.


  • 5 to 6 pounds chicken drumettes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For the Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup whiskey (Jack Daniels or another good quality whiskey)
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard (or a gourmet mustard)
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (or more, to taste; may substitute about 1 scant teaspoon cayenne pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

  4. Toss the drumettes with a mixture of the flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

  5. Arrange on the baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes.

  6. Turn the drumettes and return to the oven.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes longer, or until nicely browned.

  8. Meanwhile, put all sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan; mix well and bring to a boil over medium heat.

  9. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  10. Transfer the drumettes to a bowl or slow cooker insert (if you'll be keeping them warm for a party).

  11. Toss with about half of the barbecue sauce.

  12. Serve immediately with the sauce or turn the slow cooker on LOW to keep them warm.

  13. If not serving immediately, refrigerate the remaining sauce until serving time.

  14. Serve the drumettes hot with the sauce for dipping. Have plenty of napkins on hand.

  15. Enjoy!