Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumsticks

Category Poultry Appetizers
Servings 4
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 150 minutes

These smoked sweet and sour chicken drumsticks are a lip-smacking delicious dinner that will have your family going for seconds! They come together in less than two hours and are the perfect weeknight dinner for smoke flavors. If you're feeling adventurous, double the sauce for dipping!

Pit Boss Kitchen


  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 8 Chicken Drumsticks
  • Garlic, Minced
  • Ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juice
  • 1/2 Lime, Juiced
  • 2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce

Special Tools

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, honey, ginger, garlic, lemon, lime and Pit Boss Sweet Heat Rub. Reserve half of the mixture for dipping sauce and set aside. Use the remaining half and pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the drumsticks and seal bag. Refrigerate for at least 4-12 hours. Remove chicken from bag, discarding marinade.
  1. Fire up your Pit Boss Grill and set the temperature to 225°F. If you're using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for low-medium heat. Smoke the chicken over indirect heat with grill lid closed for 2 – 3 hours, turning once or twice, until the chicken reaches 180°F. During the last half hour, feel free to brush more glaze on.
  1. Remove from grill, and let stand for 10 minutes. Feel free to add more sauce if desired or use it as a dipping sauce for the drumsticks.

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