Jamaican Sticky Drumsticks

Sticky Jamaican chicken drumsticks

Here’s a great way to make sticky Jamaican chicken drumsticks. They are marinated in a dry rub for a few hours, then grilled on indirect heat. Finally we glaze it with a sticky sauce. Yum! This time they’re cooked on a Weber kettle grill, with the Slow n’ Sear to help with the 2 zone setup.

Servings 4
Cook Time 2 hours
Start the grill 30 minutes


  • 10 chicken drumsticks

Dry rub

  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme (dried thyme leaves)
  • 1 batch Sticky BBQ Sauce


  • Rinse the drumsticks with cold water, and pat them dry with a paper towel. Mix the ingredients for the dry rub. Brush a thin layer of mustard on all drumsticks, this is so the rub sticks better. Apply the rub liberally to all drumsticks. Put them in two plastic bags (five in each). Let them marinate overnight in the fridge.
    Chicken legs rubbed
  • Fire up the grill, get it ready for indirect heat, but this time a little higher than normal, 160° C/ 325° F. Add a few wood chunks to the charcoal/briquettes for smoke flavor.
  • Once the grill is humming along at 325° F, place the drumsticks on the grate, distributed evenly. Close the lid, and cook them for 20-30 minutes.
    Jamaican Sticky Drumsticks - indirect heat
  • Then take a peek to monitor chicken skin color. Once they start to brown up, brush all drumsticks liberally with the sticky sauce, and move them over to direct heat.
    Jamaican Sticky Drumsticks - reverse sear
  • Turn regularly, to make sure the sauce caramelizes nicely, but doesn’t burn. As soon as they’re done, take them off the heat and serve directly. Just make sure the internal temperature of the drumsticks reaches at least 70° C / 158° F.

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