How to Make Perfect Traeger Chicken Drumsticks

June 11, 2024 2 min read

How to Make Perfect Traeger Chicken Drumsticks

Smoked and saucy BBQ chicken drumsticks are a perfect treat for any game day celebration. This recipe, featuring Traeger Kansas City BBQ Rub and Traeger BBQ sauce, guarantees a flavorful and juicy result every time.


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons Traeger Chicken Rub
  • 1/2 cup Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce


  1. Preparation:

    • Season the drumsticks with Traeger Chicken Rub.
    • Let them sit for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.
  2. Preheat the Grill:

    • Set the Traeger temperature to 275°F (135°C).
    • Preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
  3. Cook the Drumsticks:

    • Hang the drumsticks on a chicken leg hanger or place them directly on the grill grates.
    • Close the lid and cook for 1 hour, flipping halfway through if the drumsticks are not hanging.
  4. Cover and Continue Cooking:

    • Transfer the drumsticks to a pan, cover with foil, and place on the grill.
    • Cook until the internal temperature reaches 190°F (88°C), about 45 minutes more.
  5. Add the Sauce:

    • Remove the foil, pour Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce over the drumsticks, and turn to coat.
    • Close the grill lid and cook until the sauce sets, about 15 minutes.
  6. Rest and Serve:

    • Remove the drumsticks from the grill and let them rest for 15 minutes before serving.
    • Enjoy your flavorful BBQ chicken drumsticks!

Tips for Perfect BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

  • Consistency in Cooking: Use a chicken leg hanger for even roasting and smoke penetration.
  • Patience with Preheat: Ensure the grill is preheated properly to maintain consistent cooking temperatures.
  • Monitor Internal Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the drumsticks reach the correct internal temperature for safety and optimal texture.
  • Resting Time: Allowing the drumsticks to rest after cooking helps retain their juices, making them more flavorful and tender.


This BBQ chicken drumstick recipe is designed to be fool-proof and perfect for any outdoor cooking enthusiast. The combination of Traeger rubs and sauces with the precise grilling instructions ensures that your drumsticks will be a hit at any gathering. Enjoy the rich, smoky flavor and the perfect balance of spices and sauce with every bite.

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