When it's your turn to host the annual Superbowl party, why not impress those armchair quarterbacks with a batch of good ‘n spicy drumsticks. You can cook these during the game, or better yet, grill them ahead of time and keep ‘em warm and waiting in the oven. You don't want to miss any of those great commercials, do you?
Chicken drumsticks are bigger and meatier than the smaller drumettes from the wings, so fewer of them are needed. A tangy sauce made with pepper sauce, butter and other ingredients adds a flavor kick that will surely score a touchdown with your guests.
Good ‘n Spicy Drumsticks
- Four pounds of chicken drumsticks
- Salt and black pepper
- Cayenne pepper powder (optional)
- One and one-half cups of Louisiana hot sauce
- One cup (two sticks or cubes) of butter
- One cup sour cream
- Two tablespoons of honey
- One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Season the chicken legs with salt, black pepper, and a bit of cayenne pepper if you're brave. Cook the legs in a covered grill over medium-low heat for one to one and one-half hours, turning several times. The goal here is for the meat to be falling-apart tender and the skin to be browned and crispy.
While the chicken is grilling, combine the remaining ingredients (except for the sour cream) in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir the sauce occasionally to prevent scorching. Cover and remove from heat.
When the legs are done, dip them into the sauce and place them back on the grill. But this time, use medium-low indirect heat to finish them off. In fifteen to twenty minutes, the sauce will have thickened and the good ‘n spicy drumsticks will be ready to serve. If you grill them ahead of time, they can be placed in a covered dish and kept in a warm oven for up to four hours.
Serve the drumsticks with a dip made of the remaining sauce combined with the sour cream. If you like, serve a variety of raw vegetables alongside the spicy legs. Good choices would be baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes and broccoli florets.
Enjoy the Bowl Game!
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