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Hickory Smoked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

A homemade hickory smoked BBQ sauce is brushed over chicken drumsticks and grilled to perfection. These Hickory Smoked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are a tasty backyard barbecue delight!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Servings: 12 drumsticks
Calories: 166kcal


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons hickory liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 generous pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 12 chicken drumsticks


  • In a blender combine ketchup, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, soy sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, onion powder, oregano, basil, paprika, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic cloves.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Brush sauce onto drumsticks.
  • Heat an outdoor grill to about 400 degrees. Put your drumsticks onto a well oiled grate. Sear on one side, flip, and brush on more barbecue sauce. Once the other side is seared, brush on more sauce and move to indirect heat. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Serve hot.



Be careful about cross contamination with the barbecue sauce. If you touch your chicken with a brush or spoon and then stick that utensil back into the bowl, the sauce is now contaminated. This means that the sauce cannot be eaten unless it has been cooked.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 263mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg