Jack Daniel's Barbecue Chicken Drumettes - Wine Dine With Jeff


  • 2 1/2 Pounds of Chicken legs Drumettes with skin
  • 1 Teaspoon of sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • Salt and Cracker pepper to taste
  • 1/3 Cup of Jack Daniel's whisky
  • 1/2 Cup of Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 Cup of Ketchup
  • 4 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (1 juicy lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soy sauce
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of smoked paprika


  • 1. If you love making your own barbecue sauce but are never sure which one to use; try this Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce for Beef, Pork, Chicken and Shrimp; it covers all the bases!! If you never made your own BBQ sauce before this one is great to start with because it is not complicated and you can adapt it to your own taste. This Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce has the perfect amount of sweetness and tanginess with a little bit of smoky flavor from the smoked paprika. If you would like some heat in your BBQ please add some chipotle pepper powder to round out the flavors. In a medium sauce pan add all the BBQ ingredients, Jack Daniels's Whisky, Pineapple juice, Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Lemon Juice, Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Minced Garlic, and Smoked Paprika. Stir all ingredients together and bring to a low simmer.
  • 2. After the Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce comes a simmer back the heat down to low and let the sauce simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. The sauce should reduce in half. The BBQ sauce will thicken up as it reduces. I have the best tip, when you know the sauce has reduced in half. Take a wooden toothpick and place it in the sauce until the tip hits the bottom of the pan. when you remove the toothpick there will be a stained section on the toothpick from the sauce. In 20 minutes do the same test to see if the sauce has reduced in half. Remove from the heat and set aside, it will thicken up more as it cools off.
  • 3. While the sauce is simmering you can start on the chicken. Because of the heat in the oven you do not start baking the chicken with the BBQ sauce on because the sugars will burn. For Crispy skin you want to pat dry the chicken skin with a paper towel. Combine Sweet Paprika, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt and Cracked pepper and sprinkle over all sides of the chicken leg. I like to place the chicken on a wire rack for circulation of heat all around it helps for the best crispy skin. You want to spray the rack with a non stick spray so the chicken skin does not tear off when you flip .Place chicken in the oven at 425 Degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  • 4. After 25 minutes remove the chicken legs from the oven. Brush on the Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce all over the chicken legs on all sides you will need to flip them. Place the chicken back in the 425 Degree oven for 10 minutes longer. We will be adding one more coating of the BBQ sauce
  • 5. After 10 minutes with the first coating of the BBQ sauce remove the chicken from the oven. Brush the second layer of BBQ Sauce all over the chicken legs and place in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the chicken reaches 165 Degree Fahrenheit. You will see the BBQ sauce start to darken and thicken up on the Drumettes.
  • 6. After the chicken is done if you want a crispier skin you can place them under the broiler for a minute or two. Remember there is BBQ sauce on the skin so the skin will not be super crispy. Also if you are using the broiler (I did not) the BBQ will burn easily because of the sugars. I love this recipe because you can have a BBQ 12 months out of the year it doesn't need to be summer. I served this with my favorite Asian coleslaw. This is the perfect family friendly recipe all will love.

Recipe Video:

Jack Daniel’s Barbecue Chicken Drumettes

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