When it comes to chickens most people like the quick-cooking methods, like grilling, roasting, or just boiling, but we forget the versatility and savoury taste of chicken drumstick which is the other half of the chicken leg.

This recipe shows how to spark up your chicken preparation methods, you can always serve these addictive recipe and switch up your weeknight chicken dinner.


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 12 chicken drumsticks


1: Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion until soft, about 6 minutes. Add next 5 ingredients, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and chili powder. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in bourbon; cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)

2: Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in bowl. Loosen skin on drumsticks. Rub salt and pepper mixture under skin without tearing skin. Cover at room temperature 30 minutes.

3: Grill drumsticks until skin is crisp and juices run clear, turning to cook all sides, about 25 minutes.

4: Transfer 1/2 cup barbecue sauce to small bowl; reserve. Brush drumsticks with remaining sauce and cook until glaze forms, about 3 minutes longer.

5: Transfer drumsticks to platter and serve with reserved sauce.