Smoked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven

Only three ingredients are required to make these delicous smoked BBQ chicken drumsticks.
chicken drums on the ninja woodfire bbq

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Smoked bbq chicken drumsticks are an easy and delicious meal that the whole family will love. They only take about 5 minutes to prep and an hour to cook, making them a great option for parties and quick dinners.

I love smoking chicken. The delicious smoke flavor infuses the meat, and the finishing touch of barbecue sauce adds a bit of sweetness that makes these drums so tasty.

Using my Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven is one of my favorite ways to smoke chicken. It has the flexibility and temperature accuracy of an oven but with the option of adding wood pellets to infuse your chicken with real woodfire flavor.

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drumstick dripping with smoke kitchen sweet bbq sauce

Smoked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven

Ingredients you’ll need

Equipment you’ll need

  • Smoker – I love the versatility of my Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven but any grill or smoker that can burn wood will work.
  • Smoke wood – The Ninja takes wood pellets, but if you’re using a different type of smoker any good smoke wood will work with chicken.
Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven
  • Beautiful design with sleek features
  • Super versatile, ability to cook in many ways
  • Could be slighly larger
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How to make Smoked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

1. Fire up the smoker

For this recipe, I set the Ninja Woodfire to the “Smoker” setting at 350°F and added pellets to the grill to ignite.

Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven
Who doesn’t want smoked meat during the week without firing up a full-size smoker?

The grill only takes about 10 minutes to preheat and ignite the pellets to get the smoke rolling.

2. Prep the chicken

While your smoker is coming up to temperature, pat the chicken dry with a paper towel, then season it with your favorite barbecue rub.

I love to use our Smoke Kitchen Pitmaster’s Pick rub. It goes beautifully with smoked chicken.

raw chicken on white plate with a jar of smoke kitchen pitmasters rub

Sprinkle the rub on the chicken evenly, and be sure to coat all sides.

3. Smoke the chicken drumsticks

Once your smoker is preheated, place the drumsticks on the grates and let them smoke for about 45 minutes.

raw seasoned drums on the ninja woodfire outdoor oven

After 45 minutes, it’s time to give them a lick of BBQ sauce.

drumstick being dunked in a container of Smoke Kitchen Sweet BBQ sauce

I used our Smoke Kitchen Sweet BBQ sauce for this recipe. I dunked them so each bit of chicken was well-coated, but you can alternatively use a basting brush if you prefer a little less sauce.

Once the drums are coated in sauce, place them back in the smoker for another 15 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of at least 165°F internal.

cooked drumsticks in the ninja woodfire oven

What to serve with smoked chicken drumsticks

This versatile recipe can be served with any of your favorite barbecue side dishes.

plated smoked chicken drumsticks

Here are a few of my favorite recipes to serve alongside:

chicken drums on the ninja woodfire bbq

Smoked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Breanna Stark



  • Preheat the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven to 350°F on the “Smoker” setting and add pellets to the grill.
  • Pat your drumsticks dry and season them on all sides with the BBQ rub.
  • Once the smoker is preheated, place your drumsticks on the grates and let them smoke for about 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove the chicken from the grates and coat them in your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Place them back on the smoker for another 15 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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