Whole30® and Keto BBQ Sauce With Oven “Grilled” Drumsticks

June 17, 2020

If you’ve never made homemade BBQ sauce before, this recipe proves just how easy it is. A long list of pantry staples go into a blender and voilà—a keto-friendly and Whole30®-compliant sauce is ready to serve. We slather it on drumsticks, but you can also try ribs, or chicken breasts. You can even use the sauce as a base for vegetarian baked beans.

Oven “Grilled” Drumsticks With Whole30® and Keto-Friendly BBQ Sauce

Yields: 3 to 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (with marinating)


For the BBQ sauce:
1 (15-ounce) can Thrive Market Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 (6-ounce) can Thrive Market Organic Tomato Paste
½ cup Thrive Market Organic Chicken Bone Broth
¼ cup Thrive Market Organic Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Coconut Aminos Sauce
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons Thrive Market Organic Garlic Powder
2 teaspoons Thrive Market Organic Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper
⅛ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Cayenne Pepper

For the chicken:
6 Thrive Market Organic Chicken Drumsticks
Kosher salt
Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper


Make BBQ sauce:
Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan; simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until thick. Cool slightly, transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.

Make the drumsticks:
Season drumsticks with salt and pepper. Lightly brush the chicken all over with the BBQ sauce; refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Preheat broiler and line a sheet tray with parchment paper. Arrange drumsticks on tray and lightly brush with BBQ sauce; broil 3 to 5 minutes. Once charred, flip over and broil for 3 minutes more; remove from oven.

Preheat oven to 350°F and brush drumsticks with more BBQ sauce. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip, brush with additional sauce, and cook until internal temperature is 165°F, about 15 minutes more Serve with extra sauce on the side.

Note: Be sure to reserve dipping sauce in a separate bowl, so it’s not contaminated by the brushing sauce.

Recipe by Marlie Crisafulli

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.


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