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Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks + Cave Tools Chicken Wing & Leg Rack Review

Tangy and flavorful lemon garlic chicken drumsticks that you can cook on the grill or the oven. Perfect for a summer BBQ!

Disclosure: I received a product to try and review for this post. As always, all opinions are my own, and I would never promote or endorse a product that I don’t fully stand behind.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks Paleo

Grilling season is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. What is it about the grill that makes food taste SO much better? I think it’s the char and the smoky flavor that’s infused into the food that makes grill recipes so dang tasty.

So when the lovely folks at Cave Tools reached out to me to review one of their grill accessories, I of course said yes! I decided to go with their Chicken Wing & Leg Rack, because I love me some grilled meats, and I was intrigued by the idea of this convenient tool that can cook the meat and vegetables at the same time. Such a perfect opportunity to make these lemon garlic chicken drumsticks!

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Here’s how it works. The stainless steel rack can hold up to 12 chicken legs or wings, and the tray on the bottom catches the oil drips, which makes it a perfect place to put some hardy vegetables while on the grill so they can be cooked in some delicious chicken fat. Kinda brilliant, right?

You can even use the rack in the oven, which I will try out the next time I’m cooking wings or drumsticks. For the drumsticks, I suggest you use ones that are a bit bigger in size because the base of the bone needs to be big enough to hook onto the loops of the rack.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks Paleo

Overall, I really liked it. Using the Cave Tools rack does take a bit longer for the chicken to cook on the grill than if you place them directly on the grill rack, because the Cave Tools rack elevates the chicken so they are farther away from the heat. However, on the plus side, I didn’t have to turn the drumsticks every few minutes. I just closed the lid and was able to do other chores without worrying about it, and it was done in 45 minutes, and the chicken came out juicy and crispy.

Also, I cooked brussels sprouts and potatoes on the tray with the chicken, and they came out so crispy and delicious as well.

One thing to note – if you have a smaller grill, you may not be able to close the lid. We do have a small, portable grill, and the  Chicken Wing & Leg Rack was too tall for me to close the lid fully, so I cooked with it slightly ajar. However, the lemon garlic chicken drumsticks still turned out moist and flavorful, and I highly recommend you try it out.

Don’t have a grill? Don’t worry, didn’t forget about you! Even without a grill, this rack will work wonderfully in the oven, and I even included in an oven method for this tangy, garlicky drumsticks in the directions below. Summer’s just around the corner, so I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe during barbecues and gatherings!

Want to try out the Cave Tools Chicken Wing & Leg Rack? You can buy it on Amazon or on the Cave Tools website. Use code “WING15” for 15% off your purchase!

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup coconut aminos
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 3 lb chicken drumsticks
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish, combine and whisk together all ingredients, except the chicken drumsticks.
  2. Lay the drumsticks in the marinade in a single layer, and marinate in the fridge for 6-24 hours, flipping halfway through.
  3. Cave Tools Chicken Wing & Leg Rack method: Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Fit the drumsticks into the racks, and place some hardy vegetables tossed with a little bit of oil and spices on the drip tray. Place on the grill, cover and let it cook for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Direct grill method: Preheat the grill to medium high heat. Place the chicken on the rack and grill for 30 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
  5. Oven method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the drumsticks on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 40 minutes, until the chicken is dark brown.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, heat the marinade in a small saucepan on the stovetop over high heat. Once the sauce starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 7-10 minutes. Drizzle over chicken before serving.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken Drumsticks (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free)

Instant Pot Barbacoa

Quick and easy Instant Pot Barbacoa is so tender and delicious, and great for leftovers!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Barbacoa is always my first choice when we go out for tacos (that, and fish tacos). There’s something so amazing about how tender and spicy it is, and I just love it just melts in your mouth. If you don’t know what Barbacoa is, you should learn and try it because it’s just the best!

Barbacoa is slow roasted meat, usually beef, seasoned with various spices to give it a delicious chipotle flavor. BUT, if you have no patience for slow roasting anything like me, you can just throw everything in the Instant Pot and it’ll all be ready in an hour or so!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

Beside some simple prep work, there’s not much you have to physically do for this Instant Pot Barbacoa. That’s what’s so magical about Instant Pots. They take a fraction of the time that a slow cooker requires, but you still have a delicious fall-off-the-bone meal at the end of it without stinking up the whole house!

Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

The versatility of this recipe makes it a great one to make for meal prepping at the beginning of the week. So far, we’ve had it in tacos, salads, taquitos, and eaten it just on its own. Next time, I think I’ll build a burrito bowl with them with cauliflower rice and veggies. Oh, the possibilities!

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Instant Pot Barbacoa
 
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  • 3-4 lb beef bottom round roast or chuck roast, cut into 3 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth or bone broth
  • ¼ cup raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to Sauté setting and heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil for 10 minutes.
  2. Add beef to the Instant Pot and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Work in batches if needed.
  3. Leave the beef in the Instant Pot and turn it off.
  4. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except cilantro, in a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat, close the lid, and cook for 60 minutes on high pressure.
  6. Release the pressure and open the lid. Take out the meat, shred it with 2 forks, and return it back into the Instant Pot.
  7. Stir, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve as taco meat, in a burrito bowl, or in any way you want to enjoy it!

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Paleo Gluten Free Instant Pot Barbacoa

The Best Guacamole Ever

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any gathering with this best guacamole ever! I’m not kidding. 

The Best Guacamole Ever

Okay… I know that it’s a bold statement to say that a recipe is “THE BEST EVER,” but this really is the best, I promise! Not to toot my own horn, but hey, there’s a reason why I’m in charge of making guacamole for any gathering with family and friends. I’ve been making and perfecting guacamole for years now, so I don’t even measure anything anymore, but I did just to share this amazing recipe with you all!

To me, the perfect guacamole is something that’s simple, with no crazy ingredients. There are various versions out there with unique add-ins that I have seen and tried. However, I always go back to this simple and classic recipe that tastes pretty dang close to the guacamoles that I have tried in Mexico.

The Best Guacamole Ever

I’m actually quite excited that it’s less than a week since I came back home from Mexico after our wedding there, and it’s going to Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! I seriously loooooove Mexican food and I’ll take any excuse to consume it as often as I can. And no Mexican dish is complete without some delicious guacamole.

So if you want to be loved on by your friends and family tomorrow (or any day), whip up a batch of this guacamole, and they won’t stop raving about it. And if you need some delicious paleo chips to go along with it, I highly recommend Siete Foods tortilla chips. They are grain free, crispy thin, and so delicious! They make three flavors that are all amazing: Sea Salt, Lime, and Nacho.

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Need more Mexican dish inspirations for Cinco de Mayo? Here are some of my favorite recipes from the archives:

Grain-Free Paleo Taquitos

Mexican Stuffed Delicata Squash

Chili Lime Pork Spare Ribs

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Shakshuka

Paleo Horchata

Hope you enjoy this colorful and fun holiday!

The Best Guacamole Ever

5.0 from 6 reviews
The Best Guacamole Ever
 
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  • 2 large or 3 small hass avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin (Omit for AIP)
  • Optional: ¼ tsp cayenne (Omit for AIP)
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Optional: 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Peel and seed the avocados, and scoop out the pulp into a large bowl.
  2. Pour lime juice over the avocados.
  3. Add salt, cumin, and cayenne (if using), and mash together with a fork or a potato masher.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and cilantro (if using), and stir together.
  5. Let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving, so the flavors can meld together.

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

The Best Guacamole Ever (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan)