Chipotle-Beer Chicken Is a Must For Your Next Barbecue: Try the Recipe Now

by Amy Myers

Before you finish off that six-pack, consider using it for your new favorite barbecue recipe – chipotle-beer chicken drumsticks. The summer-ready recipe started to gain popularity just in time for Labor Day weekend celebrations when every neighborhood will be firing up grills and smokers to send off another hot season.

Chef de Home blogger Savita Verma recently shared the simple yet delicious twist on chicken wings. In her initial post, Verma explained that like many Americans during the summer, her weekends and holidays were full of gatherings, parties and celebrations. While hosting these get-togethers can be a blast, they can also be pretty stressful – especially when it comes to food. So, Verma needed to have recipes that are easy to make before the guests arrive and that everyone will enjoy. That’s how she found the inspiration for her chipotle-beer chicken recipe.

According to Verma, the key to a successful barbecue is a great sauce. While it might be easier to just grab a bottle off the shelf at the supermarket, the Chef de Home blogger assures that her recipe will convince you to home make your sauces from now on.

Check out her recipe below.

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Chipotle-Beer BBQ Sauce Ingredients

Chipotle and Beer BBQ Sauce

3 ½ ounces chipotle in adobo
1 ½ cups amber lager beer (for stronger flavor, use dark lager)
1 ½ cups tomato ketchup
2 cloves of garlic, slightly smashed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
½ cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon onion powder
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

3 pounds chicken (about 8-10 chicken drumsticks)
1 ½ cups BBQ sauce 
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Salt and black pepper


Chipotle and Beer BBQ Sauce

1. Combine all ingredients of BBQ sauce in a deep, non-reactive pan.

2. Bring to boil then simmer at low-medium heat, uncovered for 30 minutes. At this stage use an immersion blender to blend chipotle and garlic into the sauce and make a smooth puree. 

3. Return to heat and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or until sauce has thick deep dark color. Remove in a container. Use immediately or keep remaining sauce refrigerated for later use. BBQ Chicken Drumsticks will need about 1 to 1 ½ cup sauce. Sauce will stay good in refrigerator for 1-2 months.

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

4. Pat dry chicken drumsticks with paper towel. Season chicken with salt, fresh ground black pepper and smoked paprika. 

5. For indoor grilling, heat grill pan until hot and smoking. For outdoor grilling, preheat the gas/charcoal grill. Coat grill with oil spray. Place the chicken drumsticks on grill with fatty/meat side down. That quick sear sizzle sound is what we are looking for. Reduce the heat to medium, then continue to grill for 15 minutes, then turn and cook other side for another 15 minutes. 

6. Five minutes before finishing cooking, brush generous coating of Chipotle-beer BBQ sauce on all sides.

7. Continue cooking until chicken is fully cooked or until instant thermometer inserted in fat part of chicken registers 170 F. After grilling 30 minutes, I finished chicken in 375 oven for 7 minutes, to ensure fully cooking. If cooking outdoors on a gas/charcoal grill, transfer chicken to less-heat side of grill until it is cooked fully. 

8. Transfer BBQ chicken to serving platter and slather a few more tablespoons of BBQ sauce for extra fresh flavor.