Smoky BBQ Drumsticks

Smoky BBQ Drumsticks
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 120
  • Servings: 4-5

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About this Recipe

This smoky hickory BBQ sauce doubles as a marinade to create a flavourful and tender BBQ chicken.


1 cup (250 mL) Ketchup
1 cup (250 mL) Tomato sauce
¾ cup (175 mL) Brown sugar
½ cup (125 mL) Apple cider vinegar
¼ cup (60 mL) Molasses
2 tsp (10 mL) Hickory flavoured liquid smoke
1 tbsp (15 mL) Butter
1 tsp (5 mL) Paprika
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Celery seed
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Garlic powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp (2 mL) Onion powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL) Cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) Chili powder
Pinch of salt
10 Maple Leaf Prime Naturally® Chicken Drumsticks
Salt and pepper


MIX together all ingredients, except chicken drumsticks, in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

SEASON chicken with salt and pepper, place in a resealable plastic bag. Pour 1/2 cup (125 mL) of cooled BBQ sauce over chicken, reseal bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

PREHEAT grill to medium high. Place chicken on grill and cook, brushing chicken with remaining sauce for 8-10 minutes or until chicken has reached an internal temperature of 185°F (85°C).


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