Grilled Drumsticks with Honey-Chipotle Sauce

grilled drumsticks with honey-chipotle sauce
  • Yield: 4
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 60m
  • Ready In: 1:10 h

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Grilled drumsticks with honey-chipotle sauce. Grilled chicken drumsticks with delicious homemade honey-chipotle sauce. You can use this smoky, sweet and spicy BBQ sauce for pork ribs. Adapted from


  • 8 drumsticks (about 2 pounds (960 g)).
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • FOR the SAUCE:1/2 red onion,peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup(60 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (250 g) tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) clear honey
  • half of 7 oz (210 g) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 28 oz (840 g) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon liquid Barbecue Smoke®
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Preheat gas grill or barbecue. Using paper towel,dry chicken drumsticks. Season with salt and black pepper.

Step 2

Cook in preheated grill on low heat. After chicken drumsticks reach an internal temperature of 165º F (85 C), brush with honey-chipotle sauce. Turn chicken every minute for another 3 minutes. Remove from grill, place on platter and serve with extra sauce.

Step 3

HONEY_CHIPOTLE SAUCE: Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large sauce pan. Add diced onion and saute until translucent.

Step 4

Add remaining sauce ingredients ,reduce heat to low and simmer?stirring occasionally,until sauce has thickened,for about 1 hour. Remove from the heat,set aside and allow to cool completely.

Step 5

Pour cooled sauce into a blender. Blend until smooth. Store in refrigerator for up to 30 days.

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