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Zesty BBQ Drumsticks

BBQ rub isn't just for ribs

If you like a lot of smoky flavor in your grilled chicken, then this simple drumsticks recipe is the one for you.

This recipe is courtesy of Perdue.


  • 6 chicken drumsticks, preferably Perdue Fresh Chicken Drumsticks or Perdue Harvestland Organic Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup prepared BBQ spice rub
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Smoky BBQ sauce for serving, optional


In a gallon-size resealable plastic bag, combine olive oil, BBQ seasoning rub, lime juice and zest, garlic, salt and pepper. Add drumsticks and toss to coat.

Marinate in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.

Preheat broiler or grill to medium-high heat.

Grill drumsticks 14 to 16 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Chicken is done when it feels firm to the touch and when a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 170° F.

Remove from grill, sprinkle chicken with cilantro and serve with BBQ sauce on the side, if desired.