Classic BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Chef Ben Ford seasons his chicken with a sweet-spicy rub before grilling and basting with his homemade barbecue sauce.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (3 pounds)
  • Classic BBQ Sauce (see Note), for brushing
  • Bread-and-butter pickles, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except the chicken, barbecue sauce and pickles. Rub the chicken all over with the spice mix.

  2. Set up a grill for direct and indirect cooking, then light the grill and oil the grate. Grill the chicken over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred all over, 
8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Move the chicken to indirect heat. Brush all over with the barbecue sauce. Cover and cook at 425°, basting and turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165°, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve with bread-and-butter pickles and the remaining barbecue sauce.


Use this Classic BBQ Sauce recipe.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy Zinfandel.

Contributed By Published June 2016

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