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Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

An easy-peasy, flavorful baked chicken drumstick recipe. You can have BBQ Chicken Drumsticks without grilling or frying. Just bake, baste, broil and enjoy! We even teach you how to turn this into a make-ahead freezer meal.

Yield: 5-6 servings (2 drumsticks per serving) 1x
Prep: 10Cook: 45Total: 55 minutes


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • About 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks (we get ours from ButcherBox)
  • 1.5 cups BBQ Sauce, store-bought or 1 batch of our Homemade Sauce

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Make It Now

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place an oven-safe baking/cooling rack on top.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Pat dry the drumsticks and then coat the drumsticks evenly with the mixture.
  4. Place the drumsticks on the baking rack.
  5. Bake drumsticks for 25 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and baste with the BBQ sauce on all sides. 
  6. Bake for another 7-8 minutes and repeat the basting step. 
  7. Bake another 7-8 minutes. Remove pan and baste with sauce once more. 
  8. Turn the heat up to 425°F. Cook the chicken 5-7 more minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F or are no longer pink inside at all. (Optional: Broil at the end to caramelize the drumsticks even more, if you want it.)
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.

Freeze For Later: Season the drumsticks and place the seasoned chicken in a freezer bag. Try not to stack the drumsticks in the bag; instead, place them flat, side by side. Use parchment paper to divide layers, if needed. Seal and freeze flat. If you want, you can pour BBQ sauce into a small freezer bag or container, seal, and freeze alongside the chicken. 

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw the chicken using one of these safe methods. Follow the cooking instructions in the recipe above. 

© Author: Thriving Home
Cuisine: American Method: Baking