Tired of all the big meals are similar flavors that the holidays bring? Spice things up a bit with these Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers. Marinated in a habanero mezcal sauce overnight and then cooked over live fire. The mezcal brings a robust smoky flavor while the habanero cements the spiciness. It is an epic cook for any time of year.


What is Mezcal?


The first thing that you might be wondering is, what is mezcal in these Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers? That is a valid question, and I am so excited to share this with you if you have never heard about it. Similar to tequila, the agave plant is the base for Mezcal. The process is the defining factor between the two. For tequila, the agave plant steams before it is distilled. For Mezcal however, the plant is cooked in large open earth pits over fire before being distilled (just what we like to hear). I have loved this drink for a long time, and it is only fitting to make it an amazing recipe: the Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers.


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Let’s Prep and Cook these Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers


Once I snagged myself a bottle of mezcal (this recipe would also go great with my single barrel rye), I started prepping the chicken drumsticks by marinating them overnight. Instead of toning down the smokiness of the mezcal, I amped it up with habanero hot sauce. The large smoky & spicy flavor is definitely needed on these wings.


Next, I skewer the drumsticks. When ready, I place them over the fire to cook for 20-25 minutes over medium-high heat. I am shooting for the drumsticks to be around 175F. Though this is ten degrees above the norm, I think the dark meat from the drumsticks can take the heat.


spicy mezcal drumstick skewers


After flipping the Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers a couple of times, it is time to pull them off to rest for a minute. I will then quickly prepare the Avocado Salsa that will go on top. I prep the salsa last as to keep the avocados fresh & green! You are more than welcome to prepare the salsa earlier if you like! Add the fresh salsa over these skewers and we are in business!


Time to Eat!


This is a fun recipe for anytime of year. I was craving some summer grilling in the middle of December, but feel free to make this work for any event. These Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers are the perfect compliment to the fire cooking process. Cheers!


Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers


spicy mezcal drumstick skewers


spicy mezcal drumstick skewers

Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers

Tired of the same old stuff? Spice things up a bit with these Spicy Mezcal Drumstick Skewers. 
Author:Derek Wolf
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 2 people



  • 12 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 2.5 tbsp of Achiote Seasoning
  • 3 Limes juiced
  • 2 Navel Oranges juiced
  • 8 oz of Mezcal
  • 2 tsp of Habanero Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Canola Oil

Avocado Salsa:

  • 2 Ripe Avocados diced
  • 2 Small Roma Tomatoes diced
  • 1 Serrano Pepper diced
  • ¼ of a Red Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp of Cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 1 tsp of Sea Salt


  • In a food safe bowl or bag, place your chicken drumsticks. Add the achiote seasoning, lime juice, orange juice, mezcal, habanero hot sauce and canola oil. Mix together thoroughly then place in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours but ideally overnight.
  • Preheat your fire to a medium-high temperature (around 350F).
  • Pull the chicken drumsticks out of the bowl and begin skewering them. Make sure to only skewer them on one side as to avoid breaking the bone. If possible, pour any of the excess marinade over the top of the skewered drumsticks for added flavor.
  • Add your skewers over the fire and cook for about 20-25 minutes until they reach 175F internal. Rotate the skewers every 5-7 minutes to avoid getting burnt on one side. Once done, pull them off and let rest for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the Avocado Salsa.
  • Top the drumstick skewers with the avocado salsa and enjoy!

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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