These Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Alabama White Sauce are a simple, fun, and quick way to cook chicken! Butterflied chicken is lathered in a BBQ spice rub, grilled until crispy, and then served with a rich, creamy, sweet, and spicy sauce!

This recipe is perfect for your Memorial Day grill out! 

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a closeup of chicken drumsticks covered in sauce on a plate

Prep the Chicken for Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Alabama White Sauce

First, prep the chicken drumsticks. And to prep them, you need to butterfly them, this is a technique in which you slice and flatten out the meat. The goal here is to help the chicken cook faster and more evenly. It’s also to create a larger surface area to season and grill for those crispy edges. 

Love butterflied chicken? Check out my Butterflied Peruvian Chicken Drumsticks with Green Sauce!

Start by slicing one side on the drumstick from the top to the bottom all the way down to the bone. Be sure to use a really sharp knife because we want a clean cut. Plus, all prep is easier with a sharp knife. Pull apart the two sides of the slice, separating part the meat from the bone, then lay it flat on your work surface. Make sure that you leave a small section of the meat, on the opposite side of the first cut, still connected to the bone. 

After butterflying all your drumsticks, set them aside while you prep your the other components of the Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Alabama White Sauce.

Looking for more ways to use your chicken drumsticks? Try Beer Marinated BBQ Chicken DrumsticksHoney Bacon BBQ Chicken Lollipops and Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers.

chicken drumsticks lined on a grill from above

Add the Seasoning! 

To season our chicken drumsticks, we’re whipping up a simple sweet and spicy BBQ seasoning mix. To make the spice rub, just mix everything together. Simple as that! 

Now, I love a homemade spice rub because you can play around with amounts to fit your tastes. Do you like it a little bit sweeter? Add more brown sugar! Do you love the heat? Add more cayenne! It’s super easy to make this your own, so take advantage of that.

Next, lather the butterflied chicken with oil, rub on the seasoning and then place them in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour because it needs a little bit of time to soak in that flavor.

Make the Alabama White Sauce for Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks

Next, we have the Alabama White Sauce. This sauce is rich, creamy, a little bit tangy, a little bit sweet, and little bit spicy, and absolutely perfect for serving with our grilled butterflied chicken drumsticks. 

chicken drumstick held over a bowl of Alabama white sauce

To make your sauce, simply whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, brown sugar, horseradish, hot sauce, cayenne powder, and honey.

As with your seasonings, play with flavor and make this sauce to fit your tastes! 

Cook and Serve Your Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Alabama White Sauce

Now that everything is prepped and ready to go, it’s time to cook. First, preheat a medium-high heat fire to around 375ºF for two-zone cooking. Whenever I’m throwing down on the grill, I always reach for my trusty bag of Cowboy lump charcoal. Y’all, this charcoal burns clean, hot, and evenly. These are all extremely important aspects when cooking with fire, and Cowboy Charcoal delivers every time. When you cook as often as I do, it’s nice to have a fuel source you can count on. 

Allow the coals to heat up and become ashed over in a charcoal chimney before adding them to your grill. Pour them into the grill and put the grill grate back on and let the coals continue to heat for another 5 to 10 minuets before cooking over them.

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grilled butterflied chicken drumsticks on the grill with a bag of cowboy charcoal in the background

Place the drumsticks over direct heat. Cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side so they can char and develop that nice crust. Next, pull the chicken over to the cooler side of the grill so that they’ll finish cooking without becoming too charred. Allow them to cook until they reach an internal temperature of 170ºF. 

Finally, pull the chicken off of the grill, let it rest for a couple of minutes so the flavor can settle, then serve with your Alabama White Sauce! 

plate of grilled butterflied chicken drumsticks with Alabama white sauce held over the grill

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plate of grilled butterflied chicken drumsticks with Alabama white sauce held over the grill

Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Alabama White Sauce

These Grilled Butterflied Chicken Drumsticks with Alabama White Sauce are a simple and quick way to cook chicken. Perfect for Memorial Day!
Author:Derek Wolf
4.65 from 71 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people



  • 2-3 lbs Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil

BBQ Seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Cayenne

Alabama White Sauce:

  • 2 cups Mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon Mustard
  • cup Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Prepared Horseradish
  • 1 tbsp Hot Sauce
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 2 tsp Honey


  • Begin prepping your chicken drumsticks. Using a really sharp knife, slice one area on the drumstick from top to bottom all the way down to the bone. Pull apart the two sides of the slice and begin separating the meat from the bone so that the chicken drumstick is flayed open and flat. Make sure to leave some part of the meat, on the opposite side of the first cut, still connected. Repeat this for all of your drumsticks.
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the BBQ seasoning. Lather your chicken with oil then generously season them. Mix together thoroughly, cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat a medium high heat fire (around 375F) for two zone cooking.
  • Mix all the ingredients for your Alabama White Sauce and set to the side.
  • Once the fire is ready, place your drumsticks over the direct heat and cook them for 2-3 minutes per side until they have been charred well. Once they have developed a good crust, pull them over the cooler side of the grill and cook until they reach 170F internal (about 10-15 minutes). Once done, pull them off and let them rest for 1-2 minutes.
  • Right before serving, dip each drumstick right into the Alabama White Sauce and enjoy!



Calories: 1167kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 106g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 56g | Monounsaturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 3787mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1771IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg


Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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  1. I’ve got to say I’ve tried several of your recipes(this one included) and wether I follow the recipe perfectly or branch off on inspiration everyone has loved everything these drumsticks included!

  2. 5 stars
    Dude. Dude. Duuuuude!
    Love. Love. Love this recipe! Thank you so much for your post and amazing recipes. This one’s a favorite in our house. The Alabama White sauce is off the charts. Can’t wait to try some of your others too!

  3. 5 stars
    I cut back a bit on the cayenne for the chicken seasoning so my toddler could try it and she loves it with the sauce. I’ve been sending this recipe out because it is so good and a must try! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m not good at grilling, but I did my best.
    The dry rub alone with the chicken is amazing; adding the Alabama white sauce puts it over the top.
    Substituted Greek yogurt for Mayo.
    Made it to share with someone who doesn’t like spicy, so I left out all cayenne pepper plus a lot of the hot sauce, and it was still really tasty.
    I’ve been looking for a new flavor for chicken and this was perfect.

  5. 5 stars
    Really thought the White BBQ was going to be gross with all that Mayo…. Surprise. It was a fantastic compliment to the rub!!

  6. 5 stars
    An absolutely amazing recipe! I tripled the rub and did 1.5 times the recipe for the white sauce to do 6 lbs of drumsticks. The rub was perfect! Didn’t need to increase the sauce because I had a lot left over. One of my guests said the white sauce would make great slaw dressing, so that’s what I’m going to do with the left overs. Loved the butterflied drumsticks. They turned out amazing!!