Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Melanie Clarke
Prep Time
15 Mins
Chill Time
4 Hours
Grill Time
25 Mins
Makes 12 servings

Depending on where you live in the South, it may be 85° on January 1 or chilly. If it's the latter, our team says to "bundle up, and do it." The results of these chicken drumsticks are worth a brief shiver.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 7 ingredients. Rinse chicken, and pat dry; rub mixture over chicken. Place chicken in a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal bag, and chill 4 to 24 hours. Remove chicken from bag, discarding bag.

Step 2

Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 20 to 25 minutes or until done, turning once. Garnish, if desired. Serve with White Barbecue Sauce.

Step 3

Grilled Herbed Chicken Drumsticks: Substitute 10 to 12 drumsticks for drumettes. Proceed with recipe as directed, increasing grilling time to 25 to 30 minutes or until done, turning once. Makes 10-12 drumsticks. Prep: 15 min., Chill: 4 hr., Grill: 30 min.

Ratings & Reviews

JeffAxelrod's Review

February 28, 2012
Really, really good--I had a hard time stopping myself from overeating. The changes I made were reducing the cumin to 1 tsp since I was afraid my daughter wouldn't like it and adding a tablespoon of brown sugar to the rub like Cooks Illustrated seems to do in most of their rubs. I also got a little bit of smoke from the leftover wood chips still in the grill from the last time I did BBQ on the grill. I used drumsticks as well. The white sauce kind of grew on me after a few tastes.

Holly3's Review

October 29, 2009
This was friggin' awesome! We made this tonight using drumsticks. LOVED it! We will be making this again and again! Thank you soooo much!

love2coooook's Review

July 30, 2009
Loved the rub, although changed it up a bit, which is why I give 4 instead of 5 stars. Used wings and placed in bag with canola oil and seasonings, grilled immediately. Served with the white sauce which was good, although I added a bit of worchestshire sauce.

mommy2kh's Review

January 11, 2009
We thought these were good and would fix them again. We used drumsticks. Also fixed the white sauce and thought it was good but not great.