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Spice-Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks

Add these easy spice-rubbed chicken drumsticks to the menu for your next cookout.

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Cooking for 6 people


  • 4.5 lb. chicken drumsticks (about 12)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil


  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp. ancho powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt

1 Food Prep

Place your drumsticks in a large bowl, add your oil then add your seasoning ingredients. Toss to coat your drumsticks well with the spice mixture then set aside until you’re ready to grill.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Original Charcoal Briquets

Method: Two-Zone Method

Temp: 350°F (Medium Heat)

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Place your drumsticks directly over the hot coals and cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for another minute on the other side. At this stage, you’re developing color on the chicken but trying to avoid any burning. If you haven’t gotten as much color as you’d like, simply leave them on a little longer.

  • Once your drumsticks have a nice charred appearance, move them to the cooler side of the grate, away from the coals. Close the lid and allow them to finish cooking until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. This should take about 15-20 minutes.

  • Remove your drumsticks from the grill and serve. These drumsticks taste great by themselves, or you can add your favorite dipping sauce on the side.

Recipe created by Hardcore Carnivore Jess Pryles on behalf of Kingsford® Charcoal.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

6 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make Extra Chicken legs are readily available and affordably priced in my area right now so they are a regular choice when feeding a large crowd, I've noticed lately that chicken legs are a lot larger than I prefer for frying so I like to seek out other ways to cook them. These spice-rubbed chicken drumsticks kingsford recipe gives my family another great tasting option to look forward to and everyone was upset when they were all gone.
Date published: 2023-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Go Wrong Nice, simple, no frills, delicious, tasty, juicy drumsticks. The spice blend is PERFECT.
Date published: 2023-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, these were super moist and tasty! I usually stay away from drumsticks because they seem to get dry, but I tried this recipe and so glad I did. Very moist and the spices were perfect!
Date published: 2023-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! My son and his friends loved these! I will definitely make them again.
Date published: 2023-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Packed with Flavor What a simple recipe, easy peasy and delicious. It's especially a kid pleaser.
Date published: 2023-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes my mouth water I can't wait to make them again I love the taste of these wings .
Date published: 2023-06-08
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