‘Best Ever’ Honey Barbecue Drumsticks Recipe

These savory drumsticks will quickly become a regular choice in your recipe lineup.

| September/October 2020

Photo by Valerie Boese

These savory drumsticks will quickly become a regular choice in your recipe lineup. Smother them in your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce, or pull out your best homemade concoction; either way, they’ll be finger-lickin’ good.

Yield: 5 servings.


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 10 raw chicken drumsticks with skin on
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cooking oil, plus more if needed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) honey barbecue sauce, or 1 jar homemade sauce


  1. In a 1-gallon zip-close bag, combine flour and 5 drumsticks. Shake bag thoroughly to coat chicken. Once fully covered, remove drumsticks one at a time, shaking off excess flour, and set them aside on a large plate. Repeat with remaining drumsticks.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. (As you cook, you may need to add additional oil to the pan; you want just enough to brown the chicken and not burn in the pan.) Add drumsticks one at a time, and cook for about 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes until the chicken is golden-brown on all sides.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, or use a nonstick pan.
  4. Place browned drumsticks on cookie sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Pour barbecue sauce over drumsticks, and use a pastry brush to coat them on all sides. Bake for 35 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.

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Valerie Boese is a fourth-generation chicken keeper, and the owner of TarBox Hollow Poultry in Nebraska.

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