Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumsticks

Cook Time

150 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

30 mins




3 tbsp Brown Sugar

8 Chicken Drumsticks

Garlic, Minced

ginger, minced

2 tbsp Honey

1 cup Ketchup

½ lemon Lemon, Juice

1/2 Lime, Juiced

2 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

¼ cup Soy Sauce

1 tbsp Sweet Heat Rub

Cooking Instructions

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!

Note: It is recommended to use Fruit Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, honey, ginger, garlic, lemon, lime and 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Special Tools

  • Basting Brush
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Small saucepan
  • Temperature Probe
  • Whisk

Bigger. Hotter. Heavier. Tip

This recipe is great for chicken wings as well!

Diet Info

  • Flexible Dieting

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