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Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Grilled chicken drumsticks roasted over an open flame is a simple and satisfying meal that can easily be customized to fit anyone's tastes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 397kcal


  • Grill


  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce


  • Dust the drumsticks with salt and pepper.*

Charcoal Grill

  • Fill charcoal chimney full of briquettes and lite. Once roaring hot, pour them onto one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty.
  • Place grill grate over the coals and rub with a paper towel soaked in cooking oil to help prevent sticking.
  • Once the grate is hot set drumsticks on the grill just off the coals, not directly over them. Grill for 30 minutes, rotating the drumsticks every 5-10 minutes. Back the drumsticks further away from the coals if they are threatening to burn.
  • If using BBQ sauce, paint the drumsticks with sauce in the final ten minutes of grilling.**

Propane Grill

  • Heat your grill surface to approximately 450 degrees and rub the grates with a paper towel soaked in cooking oil.
  • When the grates are hot add the chicken and grill for 30 minutes, flipping every 5-10 minutes. If the drumsticks begin to burn, lower the heat.
  • Paint the drumsticks in BBQ sauce during the final ten minutes.


*Additional seasoning blends can be used as well.
**BBQ sauce can be omitted if using a seasoning blend, or marinade.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 2055mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg