Taste of TNF Recipe: BBQ Chicken and Waffles


The top two AFC West teams face off in FOX Thursday Night Football. And since it’s so close to the holidays, Dr. BBQ decided to whip up a pre-game meal that will have you asking Santa for both a grill and a waffle iron.

Some food historians say that chicken and waffles originated in the Dutch country of Pennsylvania in the 1700s, when settlers put cooked chicken and gravy on waffles. Then in the 1930s, a Harlem supper club served fried chicken and waffles to jazz musicians after completing their late-night sets. From there it took, and the rest, as they say, is history.


  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • Barbecue rubbing
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • Waffle dough, made according to package directions


  1. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat using apple wood for flavor.
  2. Generously season the drumsticks with the barbecue sauce and add them to the grill. Cook, turning occasionally for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine barbecue sauce and maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Barely bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Reserve half of the barbecue sauce for dressing.
  4. Use the rest to brush the chicken on the grill. Begin brushing with sauce and continue cooking, turning and brushing with sauce until drumsticks reach an internal temperature of 190 °, about 30 more minutes.
  5. Using a waffle iron, make a large waffle according to your iron’s instructions.
  6. Transfer the waffle to a plate and top with the chicken thighs. Pour the reserved sauce on top of the chicken and waffles and serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

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