Southern BBQ Chicken

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Slow-grilling over indirect heat keeps this chicken moist and tender. Giving the drumsticks a long rub with seasonings makes them taste great. Always baste at the end of grilling to prevent the legs from burning.

close up view of Southern BBQ Chicken drumsticks on a white platter with white rice
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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 large cloves cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 10 chicken drumsticks

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ¾ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Directions

  1. Mash brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a mortar and pestle to form a paste. Spoon paste into a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken, coat with the paste, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir ketchup, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce into onions; bring to a simmer and cook until flavors blend, about 10 minutes.

  3. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade.

  4. Cook chicken on the preheated grill until lightly browned on all sides, about 1 minute per side.

  5. Turn off one of the grill burners or move the coals and move chicken so there is no heat source directly below it.

  6. Baste drumsticks with the sauce and cook another 10 minutes; turn again and baste chicken with sauce. Continue to grill drumsticks until juices run clear, 10 to 15 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can also blend the brown sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor to make the marinade paste.

Nutrition:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
21g Fat
18g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 1528mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 559mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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