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Simple ingredients, simple to make, the best spicy BBQ-style grilled chicken drumsticks recipe ever. For best results marinate chicken drumsticks overnight and up to 24 hours before grilling.

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Marinade recipe is adapted with slight changes from Professional Cooking, 7th Edition by Wayne Gisslen.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Author Victor


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • For the marinade:
  • 4 Tbsp / 60 ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp / 30 ml sherry vinegar alternatively, use red wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard Coleman's mustard is recommended
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a Ziploc bag and mix well. Add chicken drumsticks and toss by hand so they are well coated. Expel as much air from the bag as you can and seal. Refrigerate overnight and up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat, about 300F-350F at the grate level.
  • Place chicken drumsticks on the grill, close the lid and grill for about 30 minutes, turning every 8-10 minutes and moving around the grill to account for hot spots, until the internal temperature has reached 180F-190F.


This recipe produced very mildly spicy chicken. For more spiciness double the amount of chili powder or add your favorite spicy pepper, such as cayenne pepper.