Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sticky Sweet Drummies

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer.  A special thank you to those who have given their lives.  It doesn't go unappreciated!  It's because of The Brave that we are able to celebrate the way we do. 
Summer means many things, but for many of means grill time.  I love the grill for many reasons:
It's requires few dishes.
It's taste cannot be surpassed.
It's done outside.
It's fast.
It's a rush each time you hold a match to light the bugger. (my arm hair has grown back since last summer!)
It smells delicious! 

There are many more reasons to grill, but those were the ones that popped to my head today.  Why do you like to grill?

Have I ever mentioned that Summer is my favorite time of the year?  I love the heat, the sun, swimming, grilling, EVERYTHING that has to do with summer. I could easily live somewhere with 2 seasons: hot and warm.  Is anyone else with me on this?

Although today's recipe requires some indoor action as well, the resulting glaze is well worth it.  Are you drooling yet over these lovely drummies below?

It's pretty simple, read the recipe below. 
Prepare the marinade/glaze.

Pour over chicken.
Refrigerate and marinate.

Reserve marinade and grill drummies.
Simmer reserved marinade for 15 minutes until thick and gooey.
Glaze the grilled drummies with sweet and sticky goodness.

Grab a roll of paper towels and enjoy.
Wash down with an ice cold beer and tell a story.

Sticky Sweet Drummies*

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 tsp. dried rosemary 

5 garlic cloves, halved

6-8 chicken drumsticks

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

3 tablespoons green onions, chopped

Combine honey, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, rosemary, & garlic.  Stir until sugar dissolves.  Place drumsticks in a baking dish and pour marinade over the top.  Swirl around each drummie so it's coated in marinade.  Allow to marinate at least 15 minutes, then flip and marinate another 15 minutes, longer is better.

When it's time to cook, fire up the grill. Remove chicken from marinade and reserve the marinade.  Pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until marinade reduces down into a thickened glaze.
Grill drummies until cooked thoroughly.
Drizzle glaze over the top of cooked drummies.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions (if you have them...I didn't)

*Recipe adapted from Giada DeLaurentis "Sweet & Sticky Chicken Drumsticks"


  1. Your marinade looks like it makes one killer bbq chicken! I also love that you use whole pieces of chicken instead of the boneless/skinless breasts. SO much more flavor with bone-in, skin-on! YUM!

  2. If you like drumsticks, look for boneless, skinless chicken thigh at your supermarket. They taste like bone-in/skin-on without the hassle.....YUM!!!!