BBQ Chicken Lollipops

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Have you ever had BBQ chicken lollipops? They’re made from chicken drumsticks, but with an extra layer of flavor, and some of the juiciest chicken meat you’ve ever sunk your teeth into. The best part? They take less than an hour to make!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway and Albertsons Market Street. The opinions and text are all mine. 

To get everything I needed for the BBQ Chicken Lollipops I stopped by Albertsons on Broadway. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that this is one of my favorite stores. The butcher department is great and has some of the best meat I’ve found in town.

bbq chicken lollipop ready to be eaten

After grabbing a package of chicken drumsticks I had a quick conversation with one of the butchers and shared with him what I was making.

“I can French those drumsticks for you if you want?” he said to me. WHOA. Not what I expected, and looking back, I should have taken him up on his offer! It seems like I get that kind of great customer service every time I shop at Albertsons on Broadway.

I declined his offer and decided to French the drumsticks myself. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know the answer!

How to “French” Chicken Drumsticks

Prepping the bbq chicken lollipops is a simple process. You need a sharp knife, and some kitchen shears to get the job done. Your goal is to trim away the meat on the thin end of the drumstick, leaving you with a clean presentation, and a thick juicy bite of meat.

Make a cut with your knife all the way around the lower part of the leg with your knife. Then, using your shears cut through the meat and tendons that you’ve exposed. Push the meat down, and then trim away the cartilage and skin around the knuckle.

Everything You Need for a Great Fourth of July BBQ

bbq chicken lollipops on a plate with cole slaw brussell sprouts and strawberries

In addition to the chicken drumsticks, you’ll need a good bbq rub, bbq sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and cherry wood pellets (or charcoal and wood chunks). I was able to get everything I needed to make these bbq chicken lollipops at Albertsons on Broadway.

If you’re planning on having a Fourth of July BBQ, the team at Albertsons on Broadway and Albertsons Market Street have you covered. They have fresh in-store made sausage, delicious local seasonings and sauces, and ready to grill kabobs and burgers. They even have in-store beer experts that will help you find the perfect beer to pair with all the bbq goodness you’re creating for the Fourth of July. With the help of their team, your Fourth of July barbecue will be the best on the block.

How to Cook BBQ Chicken Lollipops On Your Smoker

After you French all of the chicken drumsticks wrap the exposed bone with a small strip of aluminum foil. You don’t have to do this, but the bones will get black and gummy during the cooking process if you don’t.

Prepare your smoker or barbecue grill to cook at 365 degrees. Clean your grill grates, and then lightly oil them. This will help keep the chicken from sticking to the grates.

Season each of the chicken lollipops with a liberal dusting of your favorite barbecue rub, and then place them directly on the grill rack. For my rub I used a 1:1:1:1 ratio of paprika, kosher salt, brown sugar, and black pepper, but you can use a premade rub here – found at Albertsons on Broadway or Albertsons Market Street of course – and have great results.

BBQ Chicken Lollipops on a plate
Look at all that deliciousness. I LOVE the flavor profile of these BBQ Chicken Lollipops

BBQ Chicken Lollipop Sauce

While the chicken lollipops are cooking mix together the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of the BBQ Rub you used to season the Chicken Lollipops

After 10 minutes flip each of the drumsticks over and continue cooking. After 20 minutes spot check the internal temperature of a few of the drumsticks. When the internal temp hits 165 degrees it is time to dip each of the drumsticks in the sauce you made, and then place them back on the grill.

Let the bbq chicken lollipops continue to cook until their internal temperature hits 175 degrees. This should take approximately 10-15 more minutes. Serve immediately!

The Perfect Addition to Your Summer BBQ Lineup

I hope this recipe made your mouth water and inspired you to give it a try! Albertsons on Broadway and Albertsons Market Street have everything you need to be inspired and ignite your appetite to eat life up. They have a great lineup of Fourth of July specific events that I’ll highlight on my social channels this weekend. If you can’t make it, that’s okay! They have fun and exciting events and seasonal promotions all year long.

Love this recipe? Here are a few others you should check out: Flank Steak Roll-Ups, Smoked Beef Ribs, Smoked Huckleberry Cobbler.

BBQ Chicken Lollipops might just be the best chicken I've ever had.

Cooked on a smoker and then sauced with a homemade sauce, the end result is amazing!

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BBQ Chicken Lollipops on a plate
Yield: 12 servings

BBQ Chicken Lollipops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Have you ever had BBQ Chicken Lollipops?

They're the juiciest, tastiest chicken you'll ever try. The best part? They don't take long to make!


  • 2 pounds of frenched chicken drumsticks


  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of the BBQ Rub you used to season the Chicken Lollipops


  1. Wrap the bone end of each drumstick with foil, and then season the meat with bbq rub.
  2. Setup your smoker to cook at 365 degrees.
  3. Place the drumsticks directly on the grill grate and let them cook for ten minutes, and then flip.
  4. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  5. After 20 minutes spot check the internal temperature of the drumsticks. When the internal temperature hits 165 dip each of the drumsticks in the sauce, and then place them back on the grill grates.
  6. Continue to cook the chicken drumsticks until the internal temperature hits 175 degrees.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 19g

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