Pressure Cooker BBQ Jelly Drumsticks

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

These 15 minute BBQ Jelly drumsticks are a super easy and super delicious thanks to the pressure cooker!  You get all the great flavors of bbq’d chicken without ever having to fire up the grill. 

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  • 8 drumsticks (~3 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoon grape jelly
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar

BBQ Jelly Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/2 cups grape jelly
  • 1 1/4 cups white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or chili powder


Make the BBQ Jelly sauce:

  1. Add all of the BBQ Jelly sauce ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Bring to a low boil and reduce to a simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes for a thin sauce, 1 hour for a thicker sauce. Set aside.

Make the Chicken:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the stock, 3 tablespoon grape jelly, salt, pepper, chipotle powder, paprika and brown sugar.
  2. Place the drumsticks in the pressure cooker and pour the mixture over top.
  3. Close the lid and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes do a quick release.
  4. While the drumsticks are cooking, turn on the broiler, rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack in the pan *Note only do the broiler part if you want a crispy skin.
  5. When the drumsticks are done, remove them from the pressure cooker and place them on the cooling rack lined pan. If you didn’t want to broil them you could just baste the chicken in the bbq sauce and eat.
  6. For a crispy skin, brush one side with bbq sauce and broil for 5-8 minutes or until the bbq sauces starts to caramelize and the skin becomes crisp.
  7. Remove from the oven and brush the other side with bbq sauce and broil again for 5-8 minutes.
  8. Once the drumsticks are bbq sauced up and caramelized, remove from the oven.
  9. Store any leftovers in the fridge.
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