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Friday, August 27, 2010

Coffeecue Chicken Drumsticks

Meat always tastes great when it's left on the bone, particularly meat such as chicken which is inherently less flavorful than many other meats.  Think about it: soup stocks are made with bones, right?  The bone imparts a lot of flavor, which is why we love ribs and wings so much.

If you want some smoked chicken that's a bit more substantial than just wings, try making Sizzle Grove Coffeecue Chicken Drumsticks.  This is REAL barbecued chicken... not just chicken slathered in sauce that burns as soon as it hits the grill.  Also, it's caffeinated chicken, which makes it even cooler.

10 chicken drumsticks
Plenty of Sizzle Grove Coffee Rub
Plenty of Sizzle Grove Espresso Barbecue Sauce
Olive oil

1. Rinse chicken drumsticks under cold water, just to be safe.

2. Rub skin lightly with olive oil, then apply a very generous layer of Sizzle Grove Coffee Rub.  Let marinade for a few hours or up to a full day.

3. Place onto grill over coals, set low.  Adjust vents to obtain a temperature around 275 degrees.

4. Turn chicken about a quarter turn every 20-25 minutes, to cook for about 1.5 to 2 hours.  During the last fifteen minutes, brush with Sizzle Grove Coffee Barbecue Sauce.

5. Cook to an internal temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you don't have a meat thermometer, simply cut into the meat of one of the drumsticks, down to the bone, and ensure that the meat is not red any more down by the bone.  A reddish pink smoke ring on the outer layer, however, is not only normal, but highly welcome.

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