These Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are an easy recipe that is made without firing up the grill. These baked drumsticks are family favorites at my house! 

This recipe costs about $9.08 to make six servings. This is just $1.51 per serving!

For more oven-baked favorites, try these Easy Oven Baked Chicken Thighs and these Dr. Pepper Baked Hot Wings

A close up picture of Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on parchment paper.

Grilling chicken is the BEST. I absolutely LOVE to grill all types of food and not just in the summertime. However, sometimes it just isn’t practical. Like when it is snowing in Utah in May. Ugh!

Don’t worry; today, I am sharing a recipe for BBQ Chicken drumsticks that you bake in the oven. That’s right; you can make crispy, flavorful chicken that tastes like it came straight off the grill but really came straight out of the oven!

These BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are sure to be a hit

This chicken is AH-mazing! It has the perfect amount of sticky, charred, juicy flavors in every single bite.

You will be licking your fingers during this meal for sure. With this recipe, each drumstick is covered in a rub while the chicken bakes and then BBQ sauce while it is broiled. 

These Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are so easy to make that you can enjoy them as a simple weeknight meal or even serve them to a crowd. Either way, they are sure to be a hit!

An oven baked BBQ drumstick being dipped in BBQ sauce.

Baked BBQ Chicken Legs ingredients & cost



NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

  • 4 cups water – $0.00
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon salt  – $0.03
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch – $0.06
  • 1 tablespoon paprika – $0.10
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder – $0.08
  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks – $7.84
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar – $0.03
  • ½ teaspoon pepper – $0.04
  • 1 ¼ cup BBQ sauce – $0.90
A pile of the finished Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks recipe.

How to make Baked BBQ Chicken Legs

  1. First, prep the chicken by making the brine and letting it sit in the refrigerator for 15 min to 1 hour. 
  2. Next, preheat the oven to 425 degrees while making the rub for the chicken.
  3. Then, dry the chicken with a paper towel and cover it with the rub. Place chicken on a prepared baking sheet. 
  4. Bake for 25 minutes and then turn and cook for another 5-10 minutes. 
  5. Then broil the chicken for 5-10 minutes, turning over halfway through. 
  6. Finally, brush the chicken with ⅓ of the sauce and continue to broil until slightly charred. Flip and brush with more sauce and finish broiling. After removing chicken from the oven, brush with the remaining sauce and serve. 

***Check out the recipe video in the recipe card below! 

A picture collage of how to make BBQ Drumsticks in the Oven.

Cook’s Tools:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Wire rack
  • Baking sheet
  • Tongs
  • Pastry brush 
  • instant-read thermometer 
An overhead picture of all of the ingredients needed to make Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks.

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks Storage

SERVE: You can keep the drumsticks at room temperature for about 2 hours before they will need to be refrigerated. 

STORE: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days. To reheat, place the chicken on a lightly baking dish and heat in a 325 degree F oven for 10-20 minutes or until heated through. 

FREEZE: You can freeze these drumsticks; just don’t put the final slathering of BBQ sauce on them. Store them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 2 months. 

What goes well with BBQ drumsticks?

Baked BBQ Chicken Legs FAQs

How long should drumsticks be cooked in the oven?

The time will vary based on different variables such as the elevation as foods tend to cook a little differently in different elevations. However, roughly speaking, it takes around 40-45 minutes for drumsticks to bake in the oven. You want the meat to reach 165 degrees to ensure it is done cooking.

Can you overcook chicken drumsticks?

You can overcook chicken drumsticks. There is nothing worse in my mind than dry chicken!
It is hard to chew and has no flavor. Overcooking chicken is a common mistake because we get nervous about salmonella and want to make sure we cook the chicken all the way through.
You can, however, cook your chicken all the way through without overcooking it. Use an instant-read thermometer to make sure your chicken has reached 165 degrees F.
The layers of BBQ sauce on the drumsticks in this recipe will help keep the meat juicy, and broiling it helps keep the chicken’s moisture. 

How do you know when chicken drumsticks are done?

The quickest way to check if your chicken drumsticks are cooked is to check the internal temperature. It should be at 165 degrees F. If you do not have a thermometer, another way to check to see if it is done is to look for clear juices coming from the chicken. 

Should you bake drumsticks at 400 or 425?

Which temperature you choose will depend on your personal preference. If you want crispy skin, bake at 425°F. If you want more tender meat, bake at 400°F.

What temperature do you cook BBQ drumsticks?

You can bake chicken drumsticks at either 400°F or 425°F, depending on your preference and the results you want to achieve. Here’s a general guideline for both temperatures:
400°F (200°C):
Cooking Time: Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes.
Results: This lower temperature will result in slightly longer cooking times but may yield drumsticks with a slightly juicier interior and a less crispy exterior.
425°F (220°C):
Cooking Time: Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.
Results: Baking at a higher temperature will cook the drumsticks faster and give them crisper skin. The meat may be slightly less juicy compared to baking at 400°F, but the skin will be more golden and crispy.

How long do drumsticks take to bake at 400?

Chicken drumsticks will take approximately 35-40 minutes to bake at 400°F. However, the exact cooking time will vary depending on the drumsticks’ size and the oven’s accuracy.

An overhead picture of Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white platter.
4.34 from 27 votes

Baked BBQ Drumsticks in Oven

Recipe Cost $ 9.08
Serving Cost $ 1.51
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
6 people
These Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are an easy recipe that you can make without firing up the grill. They’re delicious, juicy, and cost just $1.51 per serving to make.


  • mixing bowls
  • wire rack
  • baking sheet
  • tongs
  • pastry brush



  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch


  • 4 pounds chicken drumsticks trimmed


  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • 1 ¼ cup BBQ sauce I used Sweet Baby Ray's



  • In a large bowl, combine water, salt, and corn starch. Add chicken, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 15 minutes, but no longer than an hour.


  • Set wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and coat with vegetable oil spray.
  • Move oven rack to middle position and preheat to 425 ° F.


  • In a small bowl, combine paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.


  • Remove the chicken from the brine and place the chicken on a clean cutting board. Quickly dry chicken with pieces of paper towel.
  • Cover the chicken pieces with the rub and transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet.


  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Use tongs to turn the chicken over and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 ° F.


  • Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler and heat broiler. Broil chicken until lightly charred, about 5-10 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through broiling.
  • Brush chicken with one-third of sauce and continue to broil until lightly charred, about 5 minutes, flipping and brushing chicken with more sauce halfway through broiling. Brush chicken with remaining sauce. Serve.



Serving: 2drumsticks | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 3567mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Nellie Tracy says:

    These are our very favorite! So easy and SO good!

  2. Who knew this would be such an easy and delicious dinner? Your recipes are always a hit with my family. The broiling at the end of this recipe really takes it up a notch. SO good!

    1. Lisalia,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe and others on the site. Your comment made my day! 🙂

  3. Doris Huddleston says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipe for:

    The recipe sounds easy!

  4. Bobbi schrieber says:

    Talk about mouth watering!

  5. Jennifer Caldwell says:


  6. Can you do a combination of drumsticks and breasts?

    1. Yes, you can. Just note that the breasts will take a little longer to cook.

  7. These baked chicken are amazing. Had them for dinner and the whole family loved them.

  8. This is the perfect recipe for when it’s to cold to grill outside! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. I love BBQ chicken! Sweet Baby Ray’s is one of my favorite BBQ sauces too!

  10. I want to put that chicken rub on all the things! This looks so droolicious!

  11. Easy enough and who doesn’t love BBQ chicken?! I’m always happy to eat this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Dani Ayotte says:

    Can you use chicken leg quarters

  13. Megan Le Fevre says:

    This is the best chicken recipe I’ve ever made. My daughter always tells me the chicken is dry and she ends up using ketchup. This time she said it is the best chicken and it does not need ketchup at all. Very juicy and I used Apple Bacon barbecue sauce. So very yummy.

    1. Megan, I’m thrilled that your daughter loved this recipe! Thanks for stopping by to let me know. 🙂