Chicken drumsticks cook up beautifully on the barbecue. These sweet and spicy drums are cooked in a sticky maple bacon sauce.

Yield: Serves 6.



  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat natural gas barbecue on medium heat for 10 - 15 minutes.
  2. To prepare sauce, combine maple syrup, bacon, onion, lemon juice, butter, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 – 12 minutes.
  4. Whisk together water and cornstarch until blended. Gradually whisk into maple syrup mixture; set aside.
  5. Brush chicken with oil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  6. Place chicken on a grill topper or directly on barbecue grid on natural gas barbecue.
  7. Grill chicken over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until a meat thermometer registers 165ºF, about 15 – 17 minutes.
  8. Reserve half of sauce to serve with chicken. Toss chicken with remaining sauce and grill until chicken is richly glazed, about 5 minutes. Serve with reserved sauce.
Nutritional analysis per serving:

514 calories, 26.1 g fat, 29.5 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 0.4 g fibre, 662 mg sodium