Make the BEST Smoked Chicken Drumsticks, easily on a Pellet Grill or Smoker.
Are you ready for the weekend? We almost always have our pellet grill going over the weekend to make a variety of tasty dinners, including these Smoked Chicken Drumsticks.
These drumsticks pair wonderfully with these Picnic Salad Recipes!
How long does it take to make Smoked Chicken Drumsticks on the pellet grill?
Chicken Drumsticks take about 2 hours at 250*F to smoke on a smoker or pellet grill.
This is going to vary depending on how much heat your smoker is putting out, but the internal temperature needs to reach at least 165*F to be considered done.
It’s best to have a meat thermometer on hand if you do not have a probe with your smoker or pellet grill.
What type of seasoning should you add to Smoked Chicken Drumsticks?
A simple seasoning that you see in the recipe below will work for these drumsticks, but I also really enjoy this Kick’n Chicken Seasoning from Weber.
This seasoning is gluten-free and a great one to use on a variety of chicken dishes throughout the year.
Tips for Making Smoked Chicken Drumsticks:
Any pellets can be used for this recipe; however, cherry, apple, and pecan work really well to compliment the meat and give a wonderful flavor.
Remember that these can be paired with any barbecue sauce as well or served as is, it’s totally up to you.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Pair this recipe with this Homemade Barbecue Sauce with your favorite grilled or smoked recipes.
The skin will stay on during the smoking and it actually adds some great flavor, but if you want to remove the skin first or avoid it altogether, you can always do that too.
Find many more great smoked recipes with these Pellet Grill Recipes!
Smoked Chicken Drumsticks
- 12 Chicken Drumsticks
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- Unpack the chicken drumsticks and pat them dry with a paper towel, placing them on a tray.
- Coat each of them with olive oil using a brush, you can also use olive oil spray.
- In a small bowl, mix together the spices.
- Evenly sprinkle the spices over the chicken drumsticks.
- Place the tray back into the fridge.
- Get the grill ready for the indirect cooking. You can use any pellets for your smoker or pellet grill, but cherry, apple, or pecan work very well and provide a great flavor.
- Heat the smoker to 250*F.
- Place the chicken drumsticks on the smoker or grill.
- Close and cook.
- Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 175*F (done at 165*F, we prefer them at 175*F). This took about 2 hours. Time will vary though depending on your grill and the size of the drumsticks, it's best to use a probe or meat thermometer throughout the cooking time.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked, take it off the smoker and let it rest for about 4 minutes.
- Coat with barbecue sauce and serve.