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Grilled BBQ-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks

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Fire up the grill and bust out the spices for some crazy simple Grilled BBQ-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks!

Everyone could use a good BBQ spice rub in their lives. More often than not, I prefer a flavorful spice rub to sauce. Overdoing sauce and masking the flavors of the meat itself is easy to do, but with spice rubs you get the best of both worlds.

Another perk? With these drumsticks, you don’t have to worry about basting or marinating or anything like that. All you’ve got to do is toss the chicken in the spice rub until it’s properly coated and grill. Couldn’t get easier, could it?

Paleo Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks |

I know, I’ve gone a little overboard with BBQ recipes lately. Between my Peach Barbecue Sauce and BBQ Chicken Smothered Fries, this means, 3 out of my last 4 recipes were BBQ-related. Whoops! I tend to get a little stuck on one general idea and run wild with it.

Fortunately, this one’s a little different since you have to fire up the grill. As I already said, sauces are all well and good but dry rubs are ideal for grilling. No messy dripping or anything like that.

Paleo Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks |

I’m only half satisfied with these pictures. Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to share this recipe until I took my first bite. Drumsticks can be rather boring, so I quickly put together a BBQ spice rub based on a few different recipes out there in InternetLand. Tossed the drumsticks in the rub, threw ’em on the grill, and after I started devouring them, I knew I wanted to share what I did.

So these pictures were thrown together pretty quickly so I could return to eating. #badfoodblogger but sometimes, that’s life!

I enjoyed these plain, but I keep daydreaming about how good they’d be dipped in some Primal Kitchen Ranch. Worth a shot, yeah? Let me know if you try it!

Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Paleo Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks |

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Paleo Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks |

Grilled BBQ-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks

  • Author: Chelsea at Do You Even Paleo
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: grilled




  1. Preheat the grill to medium – about 350 degrees F. Brush the grill grates with extra virgin olive oil to prevent sticking (optional).
  2. Combine paprika, coconut sugar, sea salt, black pepper, ground mustard, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, and cinnamon in a bowl and stir until completely combined. Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels. Toss the drumsticks with the spice rub until completely coated.
  3. Grill the drumsticks for 10 minutes, then flip and grill for an additional 10 minutes. Maintain the temp at around 350 degrees F, and avoid opening the grill unless you’re flipping the drumsticks—which you should only do once! If there are flare-ups from the chicken juices, reduce the temp slightly.


  • Serving Size: 2 drumsticks

Keywords: Grilled BBQ Chicken Drumsticks


Fire up the grill! With a quick spice rub and 20 minutes, these Grilled BBQ-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks make a simple and fast summer meal. |


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

2 thoughts to “Grilled BBQ-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks”

  1. Hey it’s Mahir. I tried the Bbq recipe at home but can’t find the easiest way to make.Then found this blog and was fully helped to complete the recipe.Thanks alot for this amazing recipe.

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