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The Triple D Drum Sticks

I love a dish that has a ton of character and flare to it. My triple D Drumsticks has to be one of those; Delicious. Daring. Dark. At triple dose of  juicy goodness in each meaty bite. Easy to make yet with such beautiful culmination of flavors, these drumsticks will change your life for ever! And you know when I say that, I actually mean it ;))

I was home alone while making these, and I gave you a sneak peak on my InstaStory mid last week. Lord God! These were really good! So many of you asked for the recipe, and the day is finally here that I get to share it with you. I was kinda broke but had to make enough so that when my sisters came back home they would a taste of my best drumstick recipe yet. Food is simply a lot more delicious when you can share it with people you love, is it not? Today, I give you this recipe, which I hope to bring you just as much joy. My Triple D Drumsticks are exactly how delicious chicken should taste like and made even more spectacular with a dark rich garlic stout BBQ sauce that has the most daring of all flavors. Buckle up! This will take you to the moon and back!




For the marinade:

4 Drum sticks

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary)

4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

For the sauce


1 red onion, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 cup of ketchup

3/4 cup of guinness stout

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar


Do peep the video below then come back and read all the why’s and why not’s <3


In a container, place your drum sticks and add all the marinade ingredients. Allow them to marinate for 24 hours or more in the fridge. Remember, the longer the marination period, the deeper and more intense the flavors shall be.

This is marinade has just three ingredients, but go surprisingly well with chicken. Sometimes, less is more. It is the marinade recipe passed down from my mum to my sisters and I and I have stuck with it since. Mum knows best!


After you are done marinating the chicken, proceed to boil it along with all the marination content until tender.

Once done, season the drumsticks by dipping them in a paste of these three spices: Black pepper, royco all spice and shalimar tikka masala (the same method we used here). To my readers who are outside Kenya, you can make your own royco and store a batch in your pantry when need arises. This are the spices you will need for the royco. Alternatively, any other seasoning of your liking would work just as fine. After that, proceed to deep fry them until cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.


Now this is the part where we transform our drumsticks from good, to out-of-this-world FANTASTIC. The garlic-stout BBQ sauce we are about to make will change your entire existence FR!

For the sauce, add the red onions and garlic into a sauce pan and let them cook until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Then, add the ketchup, ,sugar, vinegar, cayenne pepper,worcestershire sauce, black pepper and Guinness Stout. Because Guinness has coffee-malt bitter undertones, the resultant sauce develops a delicious balanced smooth roastiness. Also, the dark color of the beer (which results from the intensely roasted barley) will make our BBQ sauce have a darker deeper color, not to mention a fuller more layered taste. When you make a sauce to accompany your meats, go all out. And if you use a beer, use the best, i.e Guinness stout, for the best results.


Cook this down for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens and all the flavors come together. You can adjust the chili-sugar ratio to suit your taste and personal preferences. Once simmered down, add your drumsticks into the pot and let them simmer on low heat for about 5-7 minutes. The simmering down allows the flavors of the garlic stout BBQ sauce to meld with those of the seasoning of the chicken hence producing a more cohesive flavor profile as opposed to just slathering the sauce over the drumsticks.


I would like to address one of the most frequent question I get asked: “So, will I get drunk when I cook with Guinness (or any alcoholic drink)? “

The answer: NO

Cooking is very much a science as it is an art. Do you guys remember when we were learning about various liquid boiling points during Chemistry class in high school? We learnt that alcohol has a very low boiling point. Meaning, it evaporates very fast when heat is applied. Now, when you cook with an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol evaporates in the very early stages of cooking. It is cooked off. What is left behind is the other ingredients and flavors that were used to make the alcoholic beverage; and that is EXACTLY what we are after. We cook with alcohol not to get high (which doesn’t even happen), but to get to the other layered flavors there in. Please please remember this! When someone tells you they got high after eating food cooked with alcohol, just know they are lying because you know and understand the science behind what happens when you cook with alcohol.


Also, you can make this sauce and just keep it in your fridge for use in other dishes. I have a batch in my fridge too just for that purpose. You can use it in other meaty dishes to really bring out their savory flavor. Be it your nyamachoma/braai, goat ribs, or dry fries, my garlic stout BBQ sauce will give it the much needed flare.



Add your finely chopped coriander just before taking them from the heat. A fresh herb ties everything together so it is totally a must. You can use finely chopped parsley or chives for the same effect.


Now the only thing left to do is to shut out the entire world and eat all the drumsticks by yourself  share this awesome meal with people you love! Lets please take a moment and appreciate how awesome my Triple D Drumsticks look:


Why make boring chicken when you have the chance to make my very delicious drumsticks..and the best part for me, besides the actual eating and the explosive flavors, was how easy it was to make this.


The chicken was so so tender, and the marinade flavors sipped into every single strand of the flesh. The seasoning was beautifully complimented with the flavors of this amazingly layered, delicious sauce. The fresh coriander added some much needed freshness and tied it all together. Can you almost taste my drumsticks just by reading that paragraph? Well, that is the taste of Friday!


For your family, for your boyfriend or girlfriend just to treat them to a great meal, for your friends who are over for the weekend or maybe just for yourself, my Triple D Drum Sticks are THE plan for the weekend!!!

Delicious. Daring. Dark.



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  1. Zuhura

    Hi dear.. am in Dar and a veery recent but big fan of ur dishes..has transformed my life….
    Would like to know inplace of the shalimar tikka masala (dnt thnk i can find it here tho am yet to check on our nakumatt in Tz) wat can i substitute it with?
    Thank uuu
    P.s. that garlic paprika liver is da booomb

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Oh you tried the liver recipe and loved it!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!

      If you fail to find shalimar tikka masala, any chicken masala will do as a substitute.

  2. Biyaki

    Oh Lordy Lord, looks delectable! Loving the recipe!
    Quick qstn though, by any chance can the Worcestershire sauce be replaced with Soy sauce?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      They have similar colors but totally different qualities and cannot be substitutes for each other. You can do without for this sauce. I’d advise you to get some from our supermarkets, they are usually in the same shelf as soy sauce and cost about 200Kenya Shillings.

      • New Follower

        I beg to differ. Worcestershire sauce has in it soy sauce, vinegar, and other ingredients. But the 2 sauces are cousins. Worcestershire is the fancier one though.

        • kaluhiskitchen


  3. wangari kihura

    totally amazing recipe
    am definitely going to try this

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Fantastic!! Let me know how it all goes :)) Take a pic of your final master piece and tag me on Twitter of IG

  4. Debbie

    aauuwiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!! *salivates* i think i will buy a whole lorry of Guinness and be making these every other day. my boyfriend will for sure be addicted to these as i will be ????????????????. God bless your creative mind miss K!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Addiction is very very very real and this will be one of the causes. LOL. Do try it out and take pics as you cook and tag me on social media <3

  5. karamoja

    stay winning.must try this weekend.HEAVY!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      MUST try for sure! Cheers to great food!

  6. Gymf

    Great recipe so excited to try it out!! Is there a non-alcoholic alternative to using the stout that you could recommend please?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Imagine you just have to try it out! At the moment, I do not know any non alcoholic stout sources. But you know what, cooking with beer wont make you drunk. You remember chemistry we learnt that alcohol has a very low boiling point. This means during the cooking process, most of the alcohol burns off. What remains it the stout – malt flavor that we want. I encourage you to try something new and this should be among them. It is not that scary, promise.

  7. Julie

    Can I substitute the beer?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes you can, but that will be a whole other recipe and not my Triple D recipe. The Guinness Stout serves a very specific purpose in this recipe, and nothing else can take its place. Might I ask, why don’t you want to use beer?

  8. Kemi

    Must try for me…always winning????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      **happy dance**

  9. niC

    This is definitely my weekend plan!
    Bae needs to send you a thank you card!! I’ve been sampling your recipes for 3 straight weekends….. the boy is about to propose! ????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I must be invited to the wedding!!!!!! Actually I have invited myself to the wedding LOL! Bae deserves all the good food there is and these triple D drumsticks are top of the list!!!

  10. Soila

    I murdered this recipe, I made four drumstics and after the meal I was there wishing i made 4 for each of us. heheheh that Sauce is just AMA ZING!!!! My husband has never been that happy while after digging into a meal. I am happy, this has just fueled my adventure to try more recipes from you..
    Thank you.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      OMG!!! You have no idea how happy that comment has made me! This should be his treat every now and then. Cheers to many many maaaanyyyy more amazing recipes.

  11. abiola

    hey girl this is amazing ewoo

    • kaluhiskitchen

      *Happy Dance* Hope you try this out :))

  12. Doreen

    Kaluhi your blog is officially my food Bible! Made these over the weekend and it was heaven, ???????????????????? thank you!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I swear I think this is one of my best chicken recipes yet!!! SO so happy you enjoyed this :))

  13. Anna Banana

    Trying this out tomorrow

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Awesome!!! Let me know how it goes down ! :)))

  14. Beryl

    I must try this. Can I substitute the brown sugar with honey?

    • kaluhiskitchen


  15. Miss_l0v3_Ender

    Wanna try this out for a an indoor dinner on 31at Dec. …
    Hope all goes well.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It definitely will!! Take pics and tag me on social media. I’d love to see your master piece :))

  16. Soni

    Omg!!! This is the best dish I’ve made this year. ????????. I had to marinate the rest of the chicken for tomorrow.gha!!!!

    Your blogs are so good & easy to follow.


    • kaluhiskitchen

      This is by far the besetestest dish ever and I am sooo thrilled you enjoyed it as well :)))))
      Cheers babe!

  17. Edwin

    Definitely a MUST try this weekend and post the pics….hope will be exactly as yours

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I hope so too! Take pictures and tag me :))

  18. Anne Wambui

    Hi this recipe is the bomb!!! I have made it twice in a spam of 3 weeks. Thanks for the recipe

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Like, it legit is the BEST chicken recipe EVER!!!

  19. Jenny

    Hi, your recipes are the bomb. Quick question, for the sauce do you mean frying the onions and garlic in oil, or what did you mean by ‘cook’? It left me kidogo confused.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I know frying is more specific (though frying is a form of cooking), but I am sure you still get the point. I am so sure you know exactly what to do. Don’t over think the terms. Do not overthink my form of writing. You know what to do even without asking. In short, fry the onions. 🙂

  20. Collins

    Hi Kaluhi,

    Bomb ass recipe you got there!!! Can the recipe be used on other chicken parts and not just drumsticks?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Yes, they are all on the blog. From whole kuku, to kienyeji, to wings to breast. You can get each one by using the search tab on the blog to retrieve them.

  21. Sadia

    Hey love any sub… for the beer am Muslim

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You can only substitute one beer with another. You can make the sauce without the beer, but it will m=not have the dark color and the taste as described here

  22. Noni

    Love the recipe. How much worcestershire sauce did you use?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      A tablespoon <3

  23. Maggie

    Hey Kaluhi can I use White cap beer instead of stout

    • kaluhiskitchen

      It has to be a stout beer. White cup is a lager and will not give you the same depth in flavor.

  24. Kristine

    Can i serve it to the kids??

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Some do but it ultimately depends on your parenting style and flexibility

  25. Mwai

    Hi 👋👋👋 On the video you boil then deep fry the chicken. On the typed recipe you only speak of deep frying. What do you recommend please. Lastly what are the quantities/ratios for Royco, Shalimar, BlackPepper.

    P.S your recipes are Bomb! All the way to the top

    • kaluhiskitchen

      boil then fry.

  26. Melvin

    Is this the same recipe used in Naivas drumsticks? They look yummy

    • Kaluhi

      Definitely not the same

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