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Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are a summertime favorite, perfect for grill-outs. Make these with a delicious rub & your favorite BBQ sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Barbequed Chicken Drumsticks, BBQ Drumsticks, BBQ grilled Chicken, BBQ grilled Drumsticks, Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 161kcal
Author Jen


  • 5-6 Chicken Drumsticks (about 2 lbs)


  • 1/4 cup Kosher Salt
  • 6 cup Warm Water


  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper


  • 1/3 cup Barbeque Sauce


  • In a large bowl combine kosher salt and water to make brine.
  • Add chicken to a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and pat dry. Set aside.
  • Turn the grill on high to preheat. If your grill tends to stick, grease with a little oil before starting.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the seasoning ingredients until blended.
  • Rub the seasoning mix into the drumsticks on all sides.
  • Place chicken on grill and sear for 4 minutes.
  • Turn chicken over and sear the other side for 4 minutes.
  • Reduce to low and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Turn chicken over and cook on the other side for 4 minutes.
  • Baste with barbeque sauce and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Turn chicken over, baste with barbeque sauce and then cook on the other side for 3 minutes.
  • Make sure the internal temperature is at least 165.


Be sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 6187mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg