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BBQ Honey Soy Chicken Drumsticks 

When it comes to chicken drumsticks for the BBQ, the go to flavour is usually BBQ. Its sweet and tangy but this honey soy marinade has the perfect balance of sticky and rich in flavour. Honey Soy and chicken make for a great pairing and is a real treat for anyone wanting to perfect their BBQ skills.

Cooking Method

  1. Create your sticky honey soy marinade by mixing together the soy sauce, honey, ketchup and garlic to combine. 
    Take your chicken drumsticks and pat them dry with a piece of kitchen roll so they’re dry and ready for the sauce. 
  2. This is where things get messy. Add your chicken thighs to a dish and pour half of your marinade over the chicken. Get stuck in with your hands and cover every part of the chicken with the sauce. 
    If you need more sauce, add it sparingly, making sure to have some left for cooking. 
    For best results, you can prepare this the day before and keep it refrigerated and covered.  
  3. Now to Grill!. Once your barbeque is heated, add your chicken thighs to the grill.
    (To get the best Barbecued chicken drumsticks you’ll ideally want to create two heat zones- one side that is medium heat and the other side that is medium to low so you can move your chicken around.) 
  4. When cooking on the BBQ you want to keep an eye on the internal temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer ( 74 °C / 165 °F). 
    Cook your chicken on the medium- high heat, turning your chicken every few minutes to get a lovely even crispy brown colour. Once you have the desired colour, move the chicken to the medium- low heat, brush over the remainder sauce and leave to cook for 20-25 minutes (until the internal temperature is reached)
    Don’t forget to keep turning the chicken to cook it evenly.  
  5. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the grill and set to the side for 5-10 minutes to rest. 
    Add your sides and serve up to your friends and family on a sunny day.  

The Ingredients

  • 1KG Chicken Drum Sticks
  • 4  tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 5 tbsp Honey
  • 5 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1tsp garlic powder/ garlic granules
  • Cooking oil spray

What to serve with chicken drumsticks

Chicken drumsticks are a great addition to your barbeque and are easy to grill.  If you’re hosting a barbeque with friends and family with a mix of BBQ meat classics, then you can pair these honey soy chicken drumsticks with a range of sides including: 

  • Crunchy (or creamy) coleslaw  
  • Classic salad  
  • Barbecued corn on the cob 
  • Creamy potato salad  
  • Grilled Veggies  

Frequently Asked Questions

Cooking meat on the BBQ is different to cooking in an oven or a pan. You can go off timings but if your BBQ wasn’t hot enough to start with then your chicken might not be cooked all the way through.  

It’s best to use a meat thermometer to record the internal temperature of the chicken to decide if its cooked. You want to achieve an internal temperature of ( 74 °C / 165 °F).  

If you’re grilling chicken on the grill, you can check the chicken is cooked by making a cut close to the bone to check the juices are running clear and the inside chicken is white. You will want to check the internal temperature of the chicken drumsticks has reached 74 °C / 165 °F.