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Oven BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
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This Paleo and THM friendly drumstick recipe really wowed my family with flavor AND tenderness! You can't get simpler than this. The spice rub is enough to cover about 8 pounds of drumsticks. This would be a THM S recipe, because drumsticks are a dark, fatty meat.
Serves: 2-4 servings
  • 2 pounds chicken drumsticks (5-6 drumsticks)
Spice Mix (see my notes for lowering the heat)
  • ¼ c. paprika
  • 1½ tablespoons black pepper, ground
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon cayenne
  • ½ tablespoon granulated or powdered garlic
  • ½ tablespoon dry mustard
  • ½ tablespoon cumin powder
  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Line a baking pan with foil and set an oiled rack on top for best, crispiest results.
  3. Do not rinse chicken, for crispiest skin. You'll be cooking it to such a high temp, it will be sterilized. :)
  4. Pat drumsticks dry.
  5. Combine spices in a small bowl or jar, and sprinkle over the drumsticks, rubbing it all over to coat.
  6. Place drumsticks with the fat sides facing out onto the rack.
  7. Bake until the meat registers 185* with a meat thermometer. This took about 55 minutes in my oven.
  8. Enjoy!
I altered Dr. Lee's spice mix from her cookbook Easy Paleo Instant Pot Recipes as follows:

I subbed out 1-2 tablespoons of smoked paprika for the 4 tablespoons of sweet paprika called for (4 tablespoons is ¼ cup)

I used only 1 tablespoon of black pepper to pull the heat back

I subbed a less spicy pepper mix (a dry Franks Hot Sauce seasoning) for the cayenne.

This recipe is a THM S main dish, since chicken drumsticks are a healthy dark meat fat source.
Recipe by Gwen's Nest at https://gwens-nest.com/bbq-chicken-drumsticks-thm-paleo-instapot-oven/