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Easy Barbecue Chicken Rub.

You'll love this sweet and savory barbecue chicken rub! Take a few minutes to make this spice blend and enjoy the most delicious grilled chicken ever!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Dairy Free, gluten free
Keyword grilling ideas, summer recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 352 kcal


For the barbecue seasoning:

For the chicken:


Make the barbecue spice rub:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in an airtight jar.

  2. Shake or stir to mix well.

Grill the chicken:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat.

  2. Place the chicken drumsticks in a large bowl and pour the olive oil over them. Toss to coat.

  3. Sprinkle the seasoning over the drumsticks. Use your hands to evenly distribute the seasoning, pulling back the skin and making sure some spice rub gets under the skin.

  4. Let the chicken sit with the spice rub on it for about 10 minutes.

  5. Place the seasoned chicken legs on the preheated grill. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning once.

  6. Put the heat to low, and continue to cook for about 30 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees when read with a meat thermometer.

  7. Remove the chicken from the grill, and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serving size is 2 drumsticks with barbecue seasoning and olive oil.

You can make this blend ahead of time and store in an airtight jar in a cupboard or pantry. This seasoning blend should stay fresh for about 2 months in an airtight container.

The brown sugar may make this spice rub clump together. Just use a knife to break it apart.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Barbecue Chicken Rub.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 616mg27%
Potassium 432mg12%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 817IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.