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Brown-Sugar Barbecue Chicken Drumettes

A simple, sweet barbecue sauce will please even finicky eaters. Make a big batch of this scrumptious stir-together barbecue sauce, refrigerate up to two weeks, and have an easy chicken dinner.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 8




  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 6 pounds chicken drumettes, patted dry

Cook's Note

Chicken drumettes are actually part of the chicken wing -- just the right size for kids to nibble on. To store, refrigerate, up to 2 weeks.


  1. Step 1

    In a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside 1 cup sauce for tossing raw chicken; use rest for baked chicken.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds; line two rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.

  3. Step 3

    Divide drumettes between baking sheets, and toss with reserved 1 cup sauce.

  4. Step 4

    Bake chicken until opaque throughout, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheets and tossing chicken halfway through. Toss baked drumettes with 1/2 cup sauce, and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Everyday Food, June 2008



Reviews (24)

  • Ademerse 8 Jan, 2014

    This is a great recipe also. I cut all of her recipes in half due to a smaller family and it still feeds plenty. I'm making the Ham-and-Potato Bake tomorrow. I know love Martha Stewart!

  • Ademerse 8 Jan, 2014

    I hate that I can't edit my typos. lol.

  • hyperspak 12 Sep, 2012

    Correction: I made 1/3 of the sauce recipe, NOT 1/4.

  • hyperspak 12 Sep, 2012

    Correction: I made 1/3 of the sauce recipe, NOT 1/4.

  • hyperspak 12 Sep, 2012

    Great recipe! I made a 1/4 of the sauce and it worked for 2lbs of drums and thighs. Cooked it on a Sil-Pad in a rimmed baking sheet. I didn't have worcestershire sauce, so I used A1 sauce and some Braggs Aminos. Worked great. Absolutely will make again.

  • llewis10 28 Jul, 2012

    Enter your review...

  • lillypop 30 Jan, 2012

    Does anyone know if these would work in the crock pot?

  • lillypop 30 Jan, 2012

    Does anyone know if these would work in the crock pot?

  • lillypop 30 Jan, 2012

    Does anyone know if these would work in the crock pot?

  • cheerio7803 6 Nov, 2011

    Very displeased with outcome. Too Ketchup-y, skin was slimy, wings were greasy. Broiler helped, but I will throw this recipe away.

  • kitkat4 1 Oct, 2011

    Where is the print button?
    Where is the copy/paste?

  • jhammondyny 24 Aug, 2011

    I substituted hot sauce for half the ketchup and the vinegar, and it was delicious with a kick!

  • Anabelle1972 10 Mar, 2011

    This recipe is awesome, my family loved it, the taste, texture everything perfectly incredible sauce.

  • Angelalina 5 Mar, 2011

    These were great! Even for someone like myself who doesn't usually like barbecue sauce, I also added cayenne to make it spicy which was an excellent addition so that they weren't too sweet

  • ninjamom331 6 Feb, 2011

    I didn't have drumettes on hand so I just used chicken legs and cooked for a bit longer. These were really good and a real hit with my husband and kids. Very easy to make as well. Excellent.

  • stephmonster87 18 Nov, 2010

    I prefer this Vegan recipe, my husband isn't even Vegetarian and even he loves it!

  • MarieCastaway 1 May, 2010

    These were so easy, I've mad them twice now! Next time will use some cayenne.

  • natalyg 15 Apr, 2010

    I loved this recipe! So quick and easy to make. I added a bit of cayenne to the sauce for a delicious spicy kick to go along with the sweetness!

  • becca316 3 Mar, 2010

    I don't know why my last comment appeared incomplete...

    My family and I loved this recipe. The sauce is great!

  • becca316 3 Mar, 2010

    My family

  • CasualClimax 3 Mar, 2010

    This recipe is amazing. It is very easy and it taste super yummy. I made it with 6 drum sticks instead of drumettes. It still turned out just as good. I prefer sweet sauces so I added 2 tablespoons of honey to the mixture and it was oh so nice. I recommend this to everyone.

  • Stellasmom 16 Sep, 2008


  • cheftb 6 Aug, 2008

    Sweet, but good.

  • maggymar 4 Jul, 2008

    These brown-sugar bbq drumettes were so easy to make! I added 1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (just for a little zing). I made yukon gold mashed potatoes and sweet corn on the side. My family said it was the best meal
    they had that week. Make this! You won't regret it.