Brown-Sugar BBQ Chicken Drumettes

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

A simple, sweet barbecue sauce will please even finicky eaters.


  • 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


  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. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds; line 2 rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.

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

  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.

Cook's Notes

Make a big batch of this scrumptious stir-together barbecue sauce, refrigerate up to 2 weeks, and have an easy chicken dinner. Chicken drumettes are actually part of the chicken wing -- just the right size for kids to nibble on.

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