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Glass container of prepared barbecue sauce with a platter of cooked barbecue drumsticks behind the barbecue sauce.

Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauce with Barbecue Drumsticks

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  • Author: Celeste
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 2 drumsticks each 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Cuisine: American


Sweet, spicy, smokey and absolutely delicious! This rich luscious sauce is so easy to make, you may find yourself making it again and again. A perfect addition to your backyard or indoor grilling.



8 drumsticks

1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt and pepper

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 medium onion chopped

1 8 oz. Can chopped chipotle peppers

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 cup liquid smoke

1 teaspoon dried fennel seed

1 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes


  1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Season drumsticks with salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon of the smoked paprika and place on a shallow sheet pan. Place in the middle of the oven and allow to cook for 40 minutes.


    Place the remaining ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir to combine.



    When the sauce starts to boil reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes more. Stirring occasionally.



    Transfer sauce mixture to the bowl of a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl or storage container.




    During the last 20 minutes of cooking, brush one side of the drumsticks with some of the sauce and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Flip the drumsticks and brush the other side with the sauce, return to the oven and allow to cook for 10 more minutes.



    Remove the chicken to a serving plate, and serve it up with a side of extra barbecue sauce.                             


Outdoor Grilling Instructions: When using an outdoor grill, heat 40 minutes for charcoal or 10 minutes for gas grill. Grill 4 inches above medium-low heat, about 325 degrees F. Cook in a closed grill for 20 to 25 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from grill when internal temperature reached 165 degrees F. Baste with the sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling. 

Stovetop or Grill Pan Instructions: When using a stovetop or grill pan, heat to medium heat, oil grill or grill pan using a basting brush. Place the chicken on the oiled grill or grill pan and allow to cook for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping occasionally. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Baste during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.