Get your taste buds dancing with our mouth-watering grilled BBQ drumsticks! Perfectly cooked and slathered in a rich and tangy sauce, they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser on your next camping trip.
With grilling season just around the corner, I am looking forward to eating many meals out on our deck. Though we use our grill setup all year round, it is extra special when we can sit out in the fresh air while we eat our meal.
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One of the many recipes that we will be enjoying is for these barbecued chicken drumsticks.
I love the wonderfully crispy skin and beautiful grill marks that develop as the chicken cooks. You just can’t recreate those things with any other cooking method.
It only takes a couple of basic ingredients and a few simple steps to make these tender chicken drumsticks.
Outside of the marinating time, you can have dinner on the table in just 30-35 minutes. Served with potato salad and grilled vegetables, this is the perfect summer dinner.
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- Traeger 780 Pro Smoker Grill
- BBQ tongs
- Basting brush
- Paper towels
- Aluminum foil
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
Grilled BBQ Drumsticks:
- 6 chicken drumsticks
- ½ cup barbecue sauce*
*Any kind of BBQ sauce will work, but we love this homemade barbecue sauce for all of our grilling.
1. Baste the drumsticks with BBQ sauce, making sure to coat the entire piece of chicken.
2. Place all of the chicken in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Tip: Put the chicken and bbq sauce in a freezer bag to take camping saving some of the clean up!
3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees F.
4. Place the chicken drumsticks on the preheated grill. Baste with BBQ sauce.
5. Cook for 15 minutes, then turn and baste with BBQ sauce again.
6. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.
Tips and Tricks:
- Use olive oil to season your grill before cooking. This will help to prevent the chicken from sticking. Lining your grill grates with alumimum foil will also help.
- Though we love using our Traeger to make these drumsticks, they can also be made using a gas grill, charcoal grill, in the oven, or in a slow cooker.
- The key to really tender meat is cooking it low and slow. The long cook time allows the connective tissue in tough cuts of meat to break down. Marinating your meat also helps this process along.
- This recipe can be made with chicken breasts, chicken wings, and skinless chicken thighs too. Whatever cut of meat you are using, be sure the chicken’s internal temperature reaches the recommended temperature for food safety.
- If you use different chicken pieces, cooking time will vary, particularly if they are bone-in pieces. Always use an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken to determine whether the meat is cooked thoroughly.
- Test this recipe out with different BBQ sauces to find the ones your family enjoys most.
- Instead of using your favorite BBQ sauce, try making your own dry rub for these grilled drumsticks.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days.
The whole family is going to love this recipe for BBQ chicken drumsticks. Serve these grilled chicken drumsticks with your favorite side dishes, or try them with my herb and garlic mashed potatoes and Mexican street corn.
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- 6 chicken drumsticks
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- Baste the drumsticks with BBQ sauce, making sure to coat the entire piece of chicken.
- Place all of the chicken in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees F.
- Place the chicken drumsticks on the preheated grill. Baste with BBQ sauce.
- Cook for 15 minutes, then turn and baste with BBQ sauce again.
- Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 170 degrees F when measured with a meat thermometer.