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Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes

I frequently get asked questions about making this sauce and cooking chicken.  Here are the most common questions and answers.  

Yes. Make sure the sauce cools completely before you freeze it. Put it in an airtight, freezer-safe container with a lid. You could also freeze this is zip-lock bags and just lay them flat. FYI: this is a great space saver. When you are ready to use it, let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Then just reheat on the stove.
My intent when making this sauce was not to make it low sodium. However, if you look at the ingredients, there isn’t a lot of sodium in the ingredients. If you are sensitive to salt, you make want to find a salt free version of ketchup.
The short answer is no. A traditional bbq mop sauce is usually a very thin, vinegar basted sauce used to baste the meat. The purpose of the bbq mop sauce is to add moisture and flavor to the meat while it is grilling. While this sauce is an apple cider bbq sauce with additional tangerine balsamic vinegar added it, it is made thick and rich with the addition of the other ingredients and is considered a finishing sauce.

While the tangerine balsamic vinegar adds another layer of citrus flavor in this sauce, if you don’t have it, substitute regular balsamic vinegar.

When you are ready to make BBQ chicken drumsticks, you just have to decide how you want to prepare them. As noted in this recipe, I made the BBQ chicken drumsticks in the oven on a rack. I bake them at a high temperature without the citrus bbq sauce for the first 4o minutes. This is because there is sugar in the sauce and that can cook faster than the chicken and can burn before the chicken is cooked through. At the 40 minute mark, I’ll baste the chicken drumsticks with the sauce and let bake 5 more minutes. I’ll baste a second time and put them under the broiler to get brown and bubbly. Nothing better than sticky bbq!

However, there are many ways to bbq chicken drumsticks. Besides making these BBQ chicken drumsticks in the oven, you can grill them.

BBQ grilled drumsticks. If you choose this method, here are frequently asked questions and answer on how to do that successfully. When I’m doing a backyard barbeque, I want to be sure my guests get delicious, fully cooked chicken. Here’s what you need to know.

You can place the chicken drumsticks on the grill without the barbeque sauce and grill on each side for 3-5 minutes until really brown and crispy. Be sure you oil the grill’s grates to prevent sticking.
Follow my recipe and toss the drumsticks in the olive oil with seasoning. Once you’ve grilled them on each side for about 5 minutes (as noted above) and they are brown and crispy on the outside, lower the grill to 300 degrees F. , lower the lid creating an oven environment and grill for about 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. They should be between 165 and 175 degrees F to be done. At the 25 minute mark, you are going to brush them with the citrus BBQ sauce. Rotate them several times and continue basting until you have a nice thick, slightly browned coating. About five minutes total.
Play it safe and use a meat thermometer. They aren’t expensive and why ruin a barbecue by guessing? Raw chicken is not a good thing. The drumsticks are fully cooked when you insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the drumstick and it registers 165 degrees F. I’ll often take it to 175 degrees F. as I’m basting. The joy of working with dark meat is that it is reall hard to dry out the meat and the sauce will add even more moisture.

I get this question all the time. Lot’s of my friends only eat white meat and if they do eat dark meat (like our drumsticks), they won’t eat the skin. Honestly, what a shame since it is the best part! BUT, I get it. When I’m watching the waistline carefully, I might pass on the skin too. However, when you are grilling drumsticks, keep the skin on. It protects the meat and keeps it moist. Guests can always remove it after the chicken is cooked. Note, if your guests are going to remove the skin, most of that delicious sauce is going to go with it so be sure to serve extra sauce on the side.

Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes
Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce | My Curated Tastes

Chicken Drumsticks with Citrus BBQ Sauce

You can make these chicken legs with citrus bbq sauce in the oven or on the grill. Get citrus in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, marmalade and orange juice used in the recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner
Cuisine BBQ
Servings 4 Served
Calories 139 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 2 Lbs. Chicken drumsticks, bone-in, skin on
  • 2 Tbsp. Patricia and Paul Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Orange cut into wheels or wedges to garnish
  • Cooking spray

Citrus BBQ Sauce

  • 1 Cup 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 1 Cup Orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 3 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Patricia and Paul Tangerine Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. Calabrian chili flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with foil.  Top with a baking rack and spray it with cooking spray.
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Put the chicken in a large bowl.  Drizzle with the blood orange olive oil. Liberally sprinkle with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.  Toss so everything is evenly coated.
  • Place the chicken on the prepared rack. Bake for 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the citrus BBQ sauce. Add all the ingredients to a large pot. Stir until well incorporated. Heat over a medium-low heat for about 30 minutes until it is thick, rich and the flavors are completely melded together.
  • At 40 minutes, brush the chicken liberally with the citrus BBQ sauce. Let the chicken roast another five minutes and brush one last time. Put under the broiler to get real brown and bubbly and slightly browned in spots.
  • Serve the chicken drumsticks on a large platter. This is perfect with Grilled Corn On The Cob with Garlic Butter and Grilled Baked Potatoes.


Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.05gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gSodium: 113mgPotassium: 552mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 134IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dinner, poultry
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