Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Have you ever tried making your own barbecue sauce? Well it’s easier than you think! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect place to start. Fresh rhubarb and apricot preserves pair perfectly to create this surprising and unique flavor profile. It’s tangy and sweet, with just the right amount of kick. Slather it onto some drumsticks for wonderfully moist chicken that’s finger-licking good right down to the last bite. Fire up the grill!! There’s plenty to go around.

Here’s all you’ll need: olive oil, onion, garlic, rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, barbecue seasoning, salt and pepper, and chicken drumsticks. Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks ingredients list

In a large sauce pan, cook the chopped onion in oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Now just the start of this recipe will make your kitchen sell amazing, but wait…it gets even better!

Chopped onions cooking in a sauce pan on the stove top.

Next mix in the sliced rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Now it’s really starting to get fun! Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender. If you’re not familiar with barbecue seasoning, you can find it in the spice aisle.

Sliced rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper are added to the sauce pan.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Blend until smooth. My handy dandy Ninja was perfect for the job. I love that it doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen. Reserve one cup of barbecue sauce for serving.

Barbecue sauce blended together in a Ninja blender.

In a small bowl, combine In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 4 teaspoons of barbecue seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken drumsticks, then cover each drumstick with barbecue sauce. Slather it on real good!

Chicken drumstick being dipped into a bowl of barbecue sauce.

Lightly oil the grill rack and preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill rack over indirect medium heat.

Chicken drumsticks covered in barbecue sauce on a grill rack.

Grill the chicken drumsticks covered, over medium heat, for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170-175 degrees. Turn and baste, every 5 minutes or so during cooking time to avoid burning.

Chicken drumsticks cooking on a grill rack.

Serve with the reserved bbq sauce for dipping and enjoy!! I’m about to dive into these Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks Fred Flintstone style. Serve with our Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad and Slice and Bake Watermelon Cookies for a picture perfect picnic! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks by Happylifeblogspot.com #rhubarb #chicken #grilledchicken #chickendrumsticks #grilleddrumsticks #barbequechicken

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

July 7, 2019
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 5 teaspoons barbecue seasoning, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 4 pounds)
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large sauce pan, cook the chopped onion in oil over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Step 2 Mix in the sliced rhubarb, ketchup, water, apricot preserves, apple cider vinegar, molasses, Dijon mustard, chipotle pepper, 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender.
  • Step 3 Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Blend until smooth. Reserve one cup of barbecue sauce for serving.
  • Step 4 In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 4 teaspoons of barbecue seasoning. Sprinkle the mixture over the chicken drumsticks, then cover each drumstick with barbecue sauce.
  • Step 5 Lightly oil the grill rack and preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill rack over indirect medium heat. Grill the chicken drumsticks covered, over medium heat, for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170-175 degrees. Turn and baste, every 5 minutes or so during cooking time to avoid burning. Serve with the reserved bbq sauce for dipping and enjoy!

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