Spicy Molasses-Barbecued Drumsticks

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
32 min
10 min
22 min
You can make this delicious barbecue sauce in a large batch and refrigerate it in a covered container for up to two weeks.


Chili sauce

3 Tbsp, bottled

Apple cider vinegar

1½ Tbsp, plain or seasoned


1 Tbsp, or light

Chili powder

1 tsp

Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

½ tsp, minced

Garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

Uncooked skinless boneless chicken drumstick(s)

12 oz


  1. To make the molasses barbecue sauce, combine the chili sauce, vinegar, molasses, chili powder, chipotle en adobo, and garlic in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring, until thickened, 2–3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spray the grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare the grill. Place the chicken on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes. Brush the chicken with the barbecue sauce. Cook, turning the chicken, until deeply glazed and cooked through, 5–6 minutes longer. Yields 2 drumsticks per serving.


It’s great on either grilled or broiled chicken, beef, or pork. Two types of molasses are available in supermarkets: unsulphured light (mild) and blackstrap. For most cooking and baking, light molasses is used. You might like to serve these drumsticks with chopped romaine lettuce and shredded carrot tossed with a low-fat blue cheese dressing.If you prefer, you can broil the chicken 6 inches from the heat until cooked through, about 6 minutes on each side. Then brush the chicken with the sauce and broil, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes longer.