Blueberry Barbecue Drumsticks

Take a close look at that barbecue sauce – it’s purple! Flavored with fresh blueberries, this fun bbq slather makes kids think twice about refusing yet another chicken dinner.

Casey Barber

Blueberry Barbecue Drumsticks

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    1 Tbs vegetable oil 1/2 cup cider vinegar
    1 large shallot, minced 1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbs molasses
    1 pint blueberries, rinsed 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup tomato paste 8-12 chicken drumsticks, skin-on


    Prep: 10 min Total:
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    • 1

      Heat the oil in a small stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the shallot and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes until very soft and translucent but not browned.

    • 2

      Add the blueberries, tomato paste, cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, and black pepper and bring to a simmer.

    • 3

      Cook for 15-20 minutes until the blueberries have completely broken down. For a smoother sauce, transfer to a blender and puree for 1 minute.

    • 4

      Preheat a gas or charcoal grill for direct heat cooking.

    • 5

      Baste each chicken drumstick with sauce and place on the grill. Cook, turning occasionally and basting as needed, for about 10 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked through and registers 165 on a meat thermometer.

    • 6

      Baste with fresh sauce and serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping, if desired.

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