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BBQ chicken leg with sauce

Best Southern BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

  • Total Time: 50 minutes


Ready to make the perfect fall-off-the-bone BBQ chicken legs recipe with crispy skin? This simple recipe will wow your friends and family every time and it takes less than an hour!


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (your favorite)


  1. Preheat your grill to 400°F.
  2. Open your package of chicken drumsticks. Pat and dry every piece of chicken with a paper towel.
  3. While the grill is warming, prepare your homemade BBQ rub in a mixing bowl by mixing salt, pepper, and dry spices together.
  4. Place your chicken on a sheet tray or baking pan and apply a light coating of olive oil to your chicken legs. Then use the seasoning to coat the chicken all over with your homemade BBQ Rub.
  5. Over indirect heat, cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, turning it every 5 to 6 minutes.
  6. Then move the legs onto direct heat to sear. Turn chicken every 1 to 2 minutes to ensure even grilling and crispy skin. When the chicken reaches 175 degrees, remove it from the grill.
  7. Allow the grilled chicken to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Use your silicone brush to add your preferred BBQ Sauce to the chicken right before serving.
  9. Serve your delicious BBQ chicken legs with an assortment of yummy sides. Some side ideas that pair well with this recipe are BBQ beans, coleslaw, and potato salad.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes