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Grilled Thighs and Drumsticks

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.


18 servings

When Mom makes chicken, this is the way we like it prepared. It's juicy, has great barbecue flavor and makes a big batch, so it's perfect for a summer picnic and family reunions. -Brenda Beachy Belvidere, Tennessee
Grilled Thighs and Drumsticks Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 10 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Pour into two large shallow dishes; add equal amounts of chicken to dish; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with seasoned salt. Grill chicken, covered, over indirect medium heat until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, 15-20 minutes on each side.

Nutrition Facts

5 ounces cooked chicken: 384 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 970mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.

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