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Saucy Barbecue Drumsticks

After searching for an out-of-this-world bottled barbecue sauce, I threw in the towel and stirred up my own with ketchup, honey, brown mustard—the works. —Kathleen Criddle, Lake Worth, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Grill: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 cups sauce)


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 16 chicken drumsticks


  • In a large saucepan, mix the first eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Reserve 2 cups sauce for serving.
  • On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat 15-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, turning occasionally and brushing generously with remaining sauce during the last 5 minutes. Serve with reserved sauce.
Nutrition Facts
2 chicken drumsticks with 1/4 cup sauce: 422 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 95 mg cholesterol, 909 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate (48 g sugars, 0 fiber), 29 g protein.

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  • jetluvs2cook
    Feb 17, 2020

    Very good sauce recipe! I baked my chicken instead of grilling it and it turned out delicious!

  • katecrid47
    Apr 25, 2018

    I just made this sauce again and put it over leftover pork chops that I sliced up and put in the crockpot for 4 hours. YUMMY!

  • lauripobanz
    Sep 6, 2017

    These have become a family favorite at our house. I switched out the honey for molasses (when I ran out of honey) which makes them slightly less sweet, but oh so good! Love the sauce with oven roasted potatoes too.

  • BeckyJCarver
    Aug 12, 2016

    This sauce is very sticky & sweet & very good. The recipe was easy to make. I don't have a grill so i baked mine in the oven. Watch the sauce carefully so that it doesn't burn while cooking.

  • justmbeth
    May 28, 2016

    I really enjoyed these. The barbecue glaze was very tasty.