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Barbecued Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

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

Makes 12 Barbecue-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • 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 freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • vegetable oil to grease pan


With a sharp knife, make 2 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.

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.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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.

Bake for 15 minutes, remove, and brush generously with more sauce. Return to the oven, and repeat this brushing process 3 more times, for a total cooking time of about 50-60 minutes. When done, the chicken will be fork tender, and be sporting a thick, beautiful glaze.
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 5 out of 5
OMG! So delicious !, Member jasssminexoxo

I'm only 14 by the way. And I love to cook and I took chicken out yesterday and was just searching recipes and came across this one. I followed each step exactly and it turned out amazing. The sauce stuck to the chicken and became a glaze for it . My entire family and company loved it ! I had a lot of BBQ chicken in my life and I have to say , that one is one of the best! I used chicken legs and thighs , but I really want to try it wings next time .

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