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Dr. Pepper Drumsticks


Dr. Pepper Drumsticks combine the sweet flavors of everyone's favorite soda with fragrant bourbon, barbecue seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce for a sweet, savory and sticky glaze that is finger-licking-good. Grill this recipe up at your next pool party or summer fun event that all of your guests are sure to love. Serve this recipe with mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and a lightly dressed side salad for the ultimate feast, and be sure to finish it with some Dr. Pepper chocolate cake!

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  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup Dr. Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 teaspoons barbecue seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt, optional
  • 12 chicken drumsticks


Servings 6
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 65mins
Adapted from


Step 1

In a small saucepan, combine the ketchup, Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, bourbon, barbecue seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onion, and salt; if desired, stir in celery salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently.

On an oiled grill, cook chicken, covered, over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Turn the chicken over then grill for another 15 to 20 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 170°F to 175F°, brushing occasionally with sauce mixture.

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