12chicken drumsticks or 8 thighsabout 3 1/2 pounds
1teaspoonsaltplus more, as needed
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil to grease pan
With a sharp knife, make 2 slashes about 1-inch apart into the thickest part of the drumstick, cutting to the bone. Transfer the chicken to a large sealable plastic freezer bag.
In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the barbecue sauce with the rest of the ingredients. Pour into the bag of chicken, press out most of the air, and seal tightly. Shake the bag gently to distribute the sauce evenly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil and top with a heatproof wire cooling rack. Remove the chicken from the bag with tongs and space evenly on the rack. Discard the contents of the bag. Brush both sides of the drumsticks with barbecue sauce.
Bake for 15 minutes, remove, and brush generously with more sauce. Return to the oven, and repeat this brushing process 3 more times, for a total cooking time of about 50-60 minutes. When done, the chicken will be fork tender and nicely glazed.