Hot Cheeto Chicken Drumsticks

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Hot Cheeto Chicken Drummies Smoked and Flash Fried


I soaked some chicken drumsticks in buttermilk overnight and then added some seasoning and threw them on the smoker.

I used Mesquite Traeger pellets and set my smoker to 300 and smoked the drumsticks until they reached an internal temperature of about 150.

I then dipped the drumsticks and covered them in Flamin Hot Cheetos and flash fried them to get a spicy, crunchy outer skin on the drumsticks.


  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 quart of buttermilk
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Traeger Chicken Rub
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 3 cups of Flamin Hot Crunchy Cheetos

Smoker Prepping Instructions

  • Soak chicken drumsticks in buttermilk and place in fridge overnight
  • Place on rack and season with kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and Traeger Chicken rub

Smoking Instructions

  • Pre heat your smoker to 300 degrees
  • Place chicken drumsticks in your smoker
  • Once your chicken drumsticks reach 160 degrees, remove from smoker and let rest for at least 10 minutes

Frying Instructions

  • Pre heat your fryer to 350 degrees
  • Crush or blend Flamin Hot Crunchy Cheetos until they turn into coarse powder
  • Add flour to your crushed Flamin Hot Crunchy Cheetos and mix
  • One by one coat smoked drumsticks in buttermilk and then cover with Flamin Hot Crunchy Cheeto mix and place in fryer basket
  • Fry Flamin Hot Crunchy Cheeto drumstick for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and place on rack to cool before eating

Final Smoking Instructions

  • Place wrapped boston butt on smoker at 225 degrees
  • At 195 degrees internally check your boston butt for tenderness with a probe
  • If you do not get any resistance when probing your boston butt, remove from smoker
  • If you do get resistance when probing you boston butt, continue smoking and check for tenderness every 30 minutes
  • Once your boston butt is tender, remove from smoker and let rest for at least 1 hour

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