Nashville Hot Chicken Lollipops

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smoked chickenThe adult version of a lollipop comes in the form of a drumstick with a bit of creativity. Today I introduce you to Nashville Hot Chicken Lollipops that taste better than they look! It all starts with 24-hour pickle brine and then washed before a nice dry rub I made before I toss them on the grill. Right before they were finished I made an awesome, but easy, sweet glaze on the grill and then I dunked each one individually for the final touches. ALSO, did I mention that I wrapped drumsticks in bacon? Trust me, this is a recipe you need to make sooner than later! Let’s get into it!

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Nashville Hot Chicken Lollipops

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 10 Chicken drumsticks
  • 6 cups Pickle juice straight from the jar (use your favorite style of pickle)
  • 1 lb Bacon cut in half

Nashville Hot Chicken Dry Rub

  • 2 tbsp Store bought Nashville hot chicken seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Coarse black pepper

Honey Maple Glaze

  • cup Maple Syrup
  • cup Honey
  • cup Hot sauce

Instructions
 

  • First, you prep your chicken drumsticks by cutting around the bone 1 1/2 inches below the knuckle. Once you cut around the bone you then make sure the tendons are all cut and there is no connection of meat and skin. Now you simply slide the remaining chicken/skin up to the knuckle and then use some force to rip it over the knuckle and pull it off. Now you use a knife and clean up the exposed bone as much as possible. Push the remaining chicken that is still attached down, you want to form a now ball-like form for your lollipop. Use some kitchen shears to remove any exposed tendons and extra flappy chicken. Repeat this for all drumsticks.
  • Now you pat them dry and place the lollipops in a large mixing bowl. Pour your pickle juice in with them and make sure they are all submerged. Place in the fridge for 24 hours.
  • The next day remove your lollipops from the pickle juice and wash them and dry them off. Prepare all of your ingredients for the Nashville hot chicken dry rub and mix them well. Now season your lollipops generously, making sure they have a nice coat on them. 
  • Once they are seasoned, wrap each lollipop with one strip of bacon and use a wooden toothpick to hold them in place.
  • Have your grill set up for indirect, or your smoker set, at 275 degrees. I like to use a chicken drum rack for this process. The chicken leg rack can be found here https://amzn.to/3z8lyjA Once your temp is set add your lollipops and relax. Side note, I like to use hickory wood chunks for this.
  • Keep an eye on your lollipops and once the temps hit 150 internal degrees begin to make your glaze. Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the maple syrup, honey and hot sauce. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes and let cool.
  • Dunk each lollipop in the sauce and make sure it's coated well. Place back on the grill until a 165 internal temperature. 
  • Remove and let rest for 5 mins.
  • SERVE AND ENJOY WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS! 

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Keyword bacon, nashville hot, smoked, spicy

Items used in this recipe

Napoleon Phantom

Mixing Bowls

Nitrile Gloves

Chicken Leg Rack

For more chicken recipes, click the link below!

https://grillnationbbq.com/category/chicken/

 

How do I keep my chicken juicy?

An easy way to make sure that your chicken stays juicy is to brine your chicken. A simple saltwater brine will help. It also depends on the part of the chicken you’re cooking. Breasts have more fat so they will seem drier than thighs, but if you brine it, it will stay much juicier.

Do I have to use oil to fry my chicken?

Not at all! If you want to enjoy this Nashville hot recipe without deep frying it, you can air fry it with the same ingredients and it will be very tasty!

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