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BBQ Baked Chicken Legs

BBQ baked chicken legs have crisp skin with a tender and juicy inside. Prepared in a homemade rub and cooked in the oven for 30 minutes, our drumsticks have a perfect BBQ flavor every time. 

A serving platter of bbq baked chicken legs and corn on the cob ready to be served.

We love get-togethers with family and friends, and these BBQ-baked chicken legs are a perfect addition to any cookout, picnic, or backyard gathering.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • BBQ Rub: I use a homemade rub for this recipe, and I often double or triple the batch to save some for later. BBQ rub keeps for up to 3 months in an air-tight container, like a mason jar. If you prefer store-bought, I recommend Montreal’s mixed with a bit of brown sugar, about two tablespoons.
  • Chicken: You can bake any part of the chicken- breast, thighs, or legs but I love cooking drumsticks! They are easy to eat and universally well-liked.
  • BBQ Sauce: I am sure there are many tasty BBQ sauces I don’t know about, but our family go-to is Sweet Baby Ray’s. This brand is always delicious, and they offer sugar-free, which makes everyone in the family happy.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED CHICKEN LEGS

DRY AND COAT- Dry the chicken legs thoroughly with a cloth. Then, in a mixing bowl, add the spices for the rub and massage them into the drumsticks. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 6 hours.

PREPARE THE CHICKEN- Preheat the oven to 500°, then set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet; line the drumsticks onto it.

BAKE– Lower the oven temperature to 400°; cook for 25-30 minutes, flipping the drumsticks halfway through. Check the meat’s temperature using a food thermometer; depending on the size of the legs, continue cooking until the legs have reached an internal temperature of 165°.

BRUSH AND BAKE- Brush them with bbq sauce and cook for 3 minutes, sauce side down.

FLIP AND BAKE – Brush the other side with bbq sauce, and cook for another 2 minutes. Adjust the oven to broil and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

A serving platter of bbq baked chicken legs and corn on the cob ready to be served.

SERVE– Remove the drumsticks from heat and allow them to rest before serving.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you know when the chicken drumsticks are done?

Use a food thermometer to know when the chicken is done cooking. Insert the thermometer near the bone; the safe internal temperature for the chicken is 165°. 

Are BBQ chicken legs keto? Are they low-carb?

BBQ baked chicken legs are a great addition to a keto or low-carb-oriented diet. Use BBQ sauce of your choice and replace the brown sugar in the rub with Swerve or Golden Monkfruit. I calculated the macros for you; the serving size for this recipe is two drumsticks.

For the Chicken Legs with Rub (Swerve Included):
• Carbs – 1 Net Carb
• Protein – 55g
•Fat – 13g

For the BBQ Sauce- two tablespoons:
• Carbs – 1 Net Carb

Can I freeze chicken legs?

You sure can. First, allow the drumsticks to cool completely. Then, wrap them in foil, and add them to a freezer-safe container or bag. Chicken legs will freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost them in the fridge overnight. To serve, warm the chicken legs in the oven and then broil for 2-3 minutes at the ends for the perfect crisp.

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A serving platter of bbq baked chicken legs and corn on the cob ready to be served.

BBQ Baked Chicken Legs

Tressa Jamil
BBQ baked chicken legs have crisp skin with a tender and juicy inside. Prepared in a homemade rub and cooked in the oven for 30 minutes, our drumsticks have a perfect BBQ flavor every time. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Marinating Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 496 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the BBQ Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Chicken:

  • 8 chicken drumsticks, skin on, and bone-in
  • BBQ sauce

Instructions
 

  • Dry the chicken legs thoroughly with a cloth. Then, in a mixing bowl, add the spices for the rub and massage them into the drumsticks. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 6 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 500°, then set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet; line the drumsticks onto it.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 400°; cook for 25-30 minutes, flipping the drumsticks halfway through. Check the meat's temperature using a food thermometer; depending on the size of the legs, continue cooking until the legs have reached an internal temperature of 165°
  • Brush them with bbq sauce and cook for 3 minutes, sauce side down.
  • Brush the other side with bbq sauce, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Adjust the oven to broil and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove the drumsticks from heat and allow them to rest before serving.

Notes

  • Crisp Chicken Skin: If you want to end up with crisp skin on your chicken legs, be sure to thoroughly dry the chicken legs before coating them in the rub or baking them.
 
  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 2 legsCalories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 62gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 304mgSodium: 536mgPotassium: 587mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 76IUCalcium: 49mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Baked Chicken Legs
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Recipe Rating




Matt W.

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Seriously love this recipe, perfect for a grilling kind of dinner. I specifically like the combination of the garlic and cayenne pepper in the rub. Recipe flows nicely, my fiancé and kids loved it. My son had 3 helpings and my daughter had 2.

Tressa Jamil

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Our kids love this meal too; I am so happy you all enjoyed it!