Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

BBQ Chicken Legs marinated, grilled and then basted with delicious bbq sauce!

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken drumsticks, Chicken legs, drumstick recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 210 kcal
Author Holly Sander


  • 2.5 pounds chicken drumsticks (9-10 chicken legs)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (use more if desired!)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Grill spray
  • My My Homemade BBQ Sauce (or store-bought if you prefer)


  1. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour over the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours to 24 hours.
  2. Heat the grill to 400 degrees, then spray the chicken drumsticks with grill spray.

  3. Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes on the first side. Keep close eye on them – the sugar in the sauce will caramelize and burn.
  4. Flip the drumsticks over and grill for 4-5 more minutes, or until their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove and baste with BBQ sauce then allow to rest 5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

For the BBQ sauce, I recommend this homemade BBQ sauce we use on our ribs.  But your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce will work too!