How To Grill Drumsticks!

Firing up the BBQ grill don’t know what temperature or how to grill drumsticks? You’re in luck! Here you’ll learn exactly how long to grill drumsticks, without a fancy recipe. Grilling drumsticks to the right temperature will make them fall off the bone delicious! Don’t forget to check out how to grill beer can chicken, too!

How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks. Cooking the perfect, fall off the bone chicken drumsticks on the grill is easy when you follow these simple instructions!

Like I said, this is not a recipe but a simple outline of how to make them fall off the bone delicious. Your ingredients are whatever you want them to be. You can spice your chicken with salt and pepper, or get creative with garlic salt, cayenne pepper or one of our favorites, Stubb’s Chicken Rub.


  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Optional: Spices (salt, pepper etc…), BBQ Sauce


First, fire up your grill to medium-high heat, about 400 degrees on your grill thermometer. While your grill preheats, prepare your chicken.

Pat your chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels. This will help you get the crispiest skin possible. I love the crispy skin, don’t you? Okay, so make sure to do this step – don’t forget!

Season your chicken if you wish. I usually add a little salt and pepper, or a store bought dry rub nothing fancy here!

Oil your grill grates as usual. I like to use a half onion dipped in veggie oil.

How long to cook drumsticks? Place your chicken on the preheated grill and cook with the lid closed for 30 to 35 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.

The most important part of getting a nice juicy, fall off the bone drumstick is the internal temperature! You need to reach an internal temp of 185 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer for this to get it right! I have this one.

Learn How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks

Optional: Add BBQ sauce and continue grilling drumsticks an additional few minutes.

Now that you know how long to grill chicken drumsticks it’s time to serve up and chow down! #yum!

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How To Grill Chicken Drumsticks

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Optional: Seasoning, BBQ Sauce


  • Preheat grill to medium-high, 400 degrees on your grill lid thermometer
  • Dry drumsticks with paper towels
  • Optional: Season w/salt, pepper or other dry seasoning
  • Cook on preheated grill w/lid closed for 30 to 35 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.
  • Optional: Once chicken internal temp reaches 185 degrees F. w/meat thermometer, add BBQ sauce and continue grilling a few minutes more.


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