Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


Here’s how to make great Grilled Chicken Drumsticks every time!


  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 3 lbs.)
  • 1 and ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. pepper
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder
  • About ½ cup barbecue sauce (optional)


  1. Prepare a grill to medium heat, with areas for direct and indirect cooking, and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Cook over indirect heat with the lid closed to an internal temperature of 165°F, 30 to 40 minutes. While you’re cooking, check the grill every 10 minutes or so and adjust the heat as needed to maintain an “oven” temperature of about 325°F.
  4. Brush the chicken with the barbecue sauce, if using.
  5. Move the chicken to direct heat and cook until it has nice grill marks, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Brush on more barbecue sauce halfway if desired.