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Sticky Oven-Roasted Apple Cider Barbecue Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original from How Sweet It Is


  • Apple Cider Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chicken:
  • lb chicken drumsticks
  • Olive oil to taste (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


  • Make the barbecue sauce. Combine the ketchup, apple cider, honey, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, paprika, and sea salt & freshly cracked pepper, to taste, in a small saucepan then whisk together until well combined.
  • Heat the stove over medium heat and bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Pat the chicken drumsticks completely dry with a paper towel.
  • Drizzle the drumsticks with olive oil and spread it on evenly.
  • Season both sides of the drumsticks with garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, evenly.
  • Place the chicken on the baking sheet. Place into the oven and roast the chicken for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush the drumsticks with the barbecue sauce evenly.
  • Place into the oven bake for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Brush with sauce again, and bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve the chicken drumsticks with any extra sauce.