We’re big fans of barbecues in our family. One little ray of sunshine and we’re reaching for the charcoal! But sunshine is hard to come by in the North West of England so we have to get our barbecue hit wherever we can find it.
I recently went out for barbecue food with my work colleagues and seeing pulled pork and chicken brought out in enamel tins, I got thinking….why not just cheat and cook it in the oven?!
So this is my ‘oven faked’ Barbecue chicken recipe, made with a little advice from a friend across the pond. It’s a bit spicy so if you aren’t a fan, maybe reduce the amount of chilli powder? This sauce would be perfect on ribs and burgers too, but chicken drumsticks are a favourite of mine 🙂
This recipe makes enough sauce to cover 12 drumsticks.
You Will Need:
2 teaspoons mustard
2 teaspoons Worcester sauce
2 tablespoons butter (oh the horror!)
3/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons soft dark brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon hot chilli powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
12 chicken drumsticks
A little olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
fresh oregano to garnish
- Brown the chicken drumsticks in a little olive oil and lay in an oven dish.
- Preheat your oven to 190 / 350
- Chop your onion and soften in a large frying pan.
- Add the ketchup and mustard and mix well over a low heat.
- Add the spices and dried oregano and stir.
- Add the water, Worcester sauce, water and vinegar and stir well.
- Cook on a low heat for five minutes.
- Add the sugar and stir through.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken.
- Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, checking the chicken halfway through and redistributing the sauce if necessary. Don’t try to move the chicken at this point as it will be so soft it might just fall off the bone!!
- Sprinkle with fresh oregano.
- Serve quickly with wedges and salad.
The result is chicken so soft that it literally falls of the bone! It’s a little spicy as I said so if you’re making chicken for little ones, perhaps reduce the pepper and chilli? Otherwise, prepare for sticky fingers and clean plates 🙂