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Oven Baked BBQ Drumsticks

Updated: May 6, 2020

Happy New Year! And yes, I know it’s July, but since this is my first post of 2019 it feels necessary to say Happy New Year. 2019 has been a wild ride. Actually—the past two years have been intense with grad school. But I’m so excited that I’m finally done with grad school and received my master’s in Media & Strategic Communications.

It’s been tough but now that I’m done and have all this free time™, I can reflect on this blog. I’ll be honest—I’ve neglected this site. It’s definitely lacking some much-needed TLC but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things and post more often. I wanted to write so many things while I was in school, but I didn’t have the motivation to sit down and simply write. It seems silly but I learned it takes time to just sit down and get my thoughts onto electronic paper. Especially since I cooked so many things and took pictures of them.

I’ve finally decided to sit myself down and write. It’ll take some time to get back into the swing of publishing like I used to but I’m looking forward to writing more. And I’m going to try a new strategy, at least for recipes: write less of a story before my recipes. I’ve seen tons of memes where people joke about bloggers writing an essay or even a novel before you even get to the recipe. (See reference tweet from comedian Christina Peretti below). Less is more—I’ll still share some personal stories, but I’ll try to be brief :)

With that, the first thing I want to write is a recipe for oven baked BBQ drumsticks. I made these a long while ago and posted about them on my Instagram story and a few followers wanted the recipe, so here it is! And it’s perfect for summer time and the 4th of July, which so happens to be this Thursday.

Summertime means grilling and this recipe would be amazing on the grill. I say would because I made these in the comfort of my oven. In my old apartment, I used to have a grill, but in my current place I find myself grill-less so I must adapt.

Hence, these oven baked drumsticks. They’re easy to make, especially in large batches to serve a crowd, and they make excellent leftovers! I adapted this recipe from Sweet C’s Designs. I used my own barbecue sauce for these drums, but as the famed Ina Garten says, “store bought is fine.”


Oven Baked BBQ Drumsticks​

Serves About 4-5


4 lbs chicken drumsticks (About 10-12)

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon cumin

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack atop the baking sheet.

  3. Rinse the drumsticks and pat dry with a paper towel.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the spices. Cover the chicken in the spice rub and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

  5. Arrange the chicken on the write rack and bake in the oven for 40 minutes. The skin will start to crisp. Flip the chicken every 10 minutes for even crispiness.

  6. After 40 minutes, brush the barbecue sauce on the chicken. Flip the chicken every 10 minutes with a new coat of sauce. Do this for 30 more minutes.

  7. Once the chicken is finished cooking, turn the broiler on High and crisp the chicken for four minutes longer (two minutes per side) for added crispy.

  8. Serve immediately.

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