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Sweet Grilled Drumsticks with Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Updated on October 29, 2014

I love this recipe for Grilled Drumsticks with Pineapple BBQ Sauce, not only because it's delicious, but also because it is inexpensive enough to feed a crowd. It's easy too, since the BBQ sauce can be made ahead and keeps up to a week in the refrigerator. With the sauce made it's a snap to season the drumsticks and put them on the grill.

I like grilled drumsticks with just a little seasoning, but let me tell you, when you lay on the pineapple BBQ sauce, they are decadent! That is saying a lot for me because I would give up chocolate for one of these grilled drumsticks coated in sauce. Yum is the word!

Serving Size

Serves: 8

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  • 2 lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbls. cornstarch
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbls. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Season drumsticks with garlic powder, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine brown sugar and cornstarch.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  6. Continue to simmer until sauce thickens, remove from heat.
  7. Grill drumsticks, turning often until the reach an internal temperature of 175F.
  8. Turn off grill and brush lightly with pineapple BBQ sauce.
  9. Close grill and let sit for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from grill and slather drumsticks with remaining bbq sauce or serve on the side.


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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'm not a huge fan of drumsticks, but this looks delicious. Now my mouth is watering for some!! Thanks for another wonderful recipe :)