Lip Smacking BBQ Drumsticks

Makes 5 servings

Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 35 min

These delicious drumsticks are coated in heavenly homemade barbecue sauce. Sweetened with Medjool dates, this is guaranteed to be your go-to sauce. Use it with grilled meats for that everlasting taste of summer. Turn up the heat factor if you like things extra spicy.


1 tsp canola oil 5 mL
onion, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme 15 mL
2 tsp chili powder 10 mL
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper 1 mL
2 cups tomato passata 500 mL
3/4 cup chopped pitted Medjool dates 175 mL
1/4 cup cider vinegar 60 mL
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 15 mL
1 tsp hot pepper sauce 5 mL
10 skinless chicken drumsticks 1 kg


Step 1
In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion, garlic, thyme, chili powder and pepper for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in tomato passata, dates, vinegar, Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Scrape into blender and purée until smooth. Makes about 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) of sauce.

Step 2
Place drumsticks on greased grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn and grill for 5 minutes more. Start brushing with about 1 cup (250 mL) of sauce, turning often and basting for about 10 minutes more*.

Step 3
Serve with some of the remaining sauce, if desired. Cover and refrigerate remaining sauce for up to 2 weeks.


You can use the same amount of skinless, bone-in chicken thighs instead of drumsticks.
Food safety move: measure out 1 cup (250 mL) of the sauce for basting the chicken. Cover and save the rest in the fridge for later. 
* Use a digital food thermometer to check that chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
per 1 serving
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 229
Fat / Lipides 8 g
Saturated / saturés 2 g
+ Trans / trans 0 g
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 97 mg
Sodium / Sodium 182 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 12 g
Fiber / Fibres 2 g
Sugars / Sucres 10 g
Protein Protéines 27 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer