Kids love these oven-barbecued drumsticks. Upgrade a prepared barbecue sauce to make this an easy weeknight dinner with a lot of flavor. Leftovers are great the next day in a lunchbox, just make sure to pack some napkins!

Oven-Barbecued Drumsticks | Go Bold With Butter

Oven-Barbecued Drumsticks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Oven-Barbecued Drumsticks


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 cups prepared barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 8 chicken drumsticks


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Brush foil with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Arrange drumsticks in single layer and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. While chicken is cooking, add remaining 3 tablespoons butter to medium saucepan, melt over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5-8 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add barbecue sauce and preserves.
  4. Bring to bubble, reduce heat to low, continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove 1 cup of sauce and reserve for serving.
  5. After 20 minutes in oven, begin to baste drumsticks with sauce every 5 minutes until chicken is cooked through, approximately 40 minutes longer. Serve with reserved sauce for extra flavor.

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