Dry Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks after being "kissed" with smoke from the smoker box with Double filet wood chunks!

Dry Rubbed Chicken Drumsticks after being “kissed” with smoke from the smoker box with Double filet wood chunks!


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You’ve likely heard about limiting your ingestion of chicken skin which can add unnecessary calories and saturated fat. On the flip-side, chicken skin also adds to the overall flavor and moisture of chicken. Here’s the thing: if you limit the amount of chicken skin you ingest, it contains a good amount of unsaturated fat that can be heart healthy, which you may not be benefiting from.

I’m going to give you a dry rub recipe that is salt-free to add in the healthy aspect of this recipe and includes some fat to the skin that will add flavor but also render off. Purchase chicken drumsticks and prepare the gas grill for this easy technique and super flavorful chicken you’ll want to be sure to make extras of.

Grill Set Up

Double filet wood chunks in the smoker box ready to delicaly flavor our chicken drumsticks

Double Filet Wood Chunks

Before starting the rub recipe, get the gas grill preheated by turning on only half the grills’ burners. That will be the side that we will add the wood chunks to while the side that remains off will be where the food will be placed. For the wood chunks, you can either place them directly on the heat shields, on the hot grill grate, or in a smoker box. Yes, that smoker box that you see advertised for wood chips is going to hold double filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious®.

Salt-Free Dry Rub

I’m balancing my salt-free dry rub flavor by incorporating a variety of ingredients:

  • Whole allspice
  • Ancho Chile pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Curry powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Fresh ground pepper

I always like to use a mortar and pestle when I make a rub as I usually have whole pods or seeds that need to be reduced. Once the rub is reduced to powder, I apply it to the drumsticks.

mortise with all our great dry rub ingredients mixed and ready to apply to the chicken drumsticks

Salt-free Dry Rub

These I lay on a roasting rack placed in a disposable foil pan. This will allow the chicken to render without causing a mess to the grill and allow the smoke vapor produced by the wood chunks to rotate around the chicken.


A Little Fat Will Do

After the drumsticks are lined up on the roasting rack, I add a sprinkling of almond oil and 8 tablespoons of butter. These two items will allow the skin to crisp slightly. They also provide the moisture on the outside to attract the smoke vapor. If you want to skip this step, just keep a spray bottle of tepid water ready and you can moisten the chicken skin with a calorie-free alternative.


Make a Lot!

After cooking for about 35 minutes, flip each drumstick on the rack and check your wood. It will likely be black as the wood combusts and renders the flavonoids in the lignin that produce the great flavor. Close the lid and allow the chicken to cook an additional 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 165°F. Be sure to make extra so you have a great go-to protein to feed you throughout the week.

The cooking dry ribbed Chicken Drumsticks on the gas grill


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Purchase products:

Wood Chunks- Double Filet

Additional reading:






Dr. Smoke you must try this recipe dry rubbed chicken Drumsticks

Dr. Smoke, you must try this recipe dry rubbed chicken Drumsticks

Our smoked strawberries work perfectly to make a smoked strawberry marinade for our pork or any other meat!

Our smoked strawberries work perfectly to make a smoked strawberry marinade for our pork or any other meat!




Smoking on a Gas Grill or Charcoal Grill and using smoking wood chunks brings out the power of strawberries for this special smoked strawberry marinade. Smoked fruit by using Single filet® and a mild hardwood species like ash, alder, maple or cherry will have you adding this to your smoked strawberries marinade recipes.

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If you’re like me, you love strawberries for the incredible juice they contain. One of my favorite ways to capture the essence of that juice is to smoke the strawberries on a grill. Not only do you end up with phenomenal smoked strawberries but the juice the grilling/smoking process renders is a must-have ingredient for so many recipes. I took a batch of the smoked juices and made a fabulous marinade for fish, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, and goat.

The Simple Grilling Method

Whether you elect to use a standard gas grill or a charcoal grill, you’ll want to use wood chunks from SmokinLicious® to bring clean smoke flavors to the strawberries. You can visit our previous articles on smoking on a gas or charcoal grill in Dr. Smoke’s Tips and Technique.

For me, I’m using a gas grill equipped with single filet wood chunks. I prefer to use more mild hardwoods when smoking fruits like Ash, Alder, Cherry, and Maple.

Strawberries on the gas grill with the double filet on the lite burner

Strawberries on the gas grill with the double filet on the lite burner

I simply lay out my fresh strawberries on a sheet pan or disposable foil tray after cleaning and trimming the stems. I place the pan on the unlit side of my grill using a medium heat setting on the burners that are on the opposite side. It will take less than 30 minutes to bring the strawberries to the smoky side. After the strawberries are tenderly smoked and the juices have rendered, I carefully remove the tray and all the strawberries to cool slightly. I then transfer the juice to a bowl to be used in my marinade.

The Smoked Strawberry Marinade Recipe

This marinade is so simple yet really packs great flavor. Of course, the longer you marinate your protein, the better the outcome. For one cup of marinade you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of smoked strawberry juice
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons blueberry balsamic vinegar or similar fruity flavor
  • ¼ cup Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle pepper

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Select your protein: I recommend chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, or goat. Place the protein in the bowl and coat completely with marinade. Place the marinated protein in a resealable food storage bag, pouring the remaining marinade into the bag, and seal tightly. Refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours but preferably overnight

Our pork roast and smoked strawberry marinade

Our pork roast and smoked strawberry marinade

Now you can choose the cooking method to bring all the flavors together. Grill, oven roasting or even smoking. Once you’ve selected your cooking method, remove the marinated meat from the bag and cook until done. Remember, the marinade has been used on raw meat so you cannot reuse it as it will contain some bacteria.

Purchase products:

Wood Chunks- Single Filet

Additional reading:




-Smoked Strawberry Napoleon


Dr Smoke

Dr. Smoke flavor! Bring out the smoky flavor in the strawberries when you use as a marinade!


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