The Secret Recipe Club Inaugural Post – Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drumsticks

by Holly on April 18, 2011

A few weeks ago Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’ posted about a new blogging event and asked who would be interested in participating in a blog love, blog hop, secret recipe club (thus the name of The Secret Recipe Club). The general idea is that we would sign up to participate in the blog exchange, be assigned another participant, make something inspired by their blog, link to them and the blog hop, and keep it all a secret until the posting date. So, the person whose blog I would be cooking or baking from wouldn’t know I had them and I haven’t the foggiest notion who was assigned to make something from my blog either. It is a very fun surprise feeling, while being a bit nerve wracking too!

It sounded like a fun idea that would get me out of my comfort zone at times and introduce me to other bloggers that I might not otherwise know or things I might not otherwise make. Little did I know that my first assignment would be to make some BBQ via Jason’s BBQ Adventures.

I actually adore BBQ. Adore may even be a mild word for how I feel about it.  That said though the weather here in Utah has been thoroughly less than cooperative this year and Winter seems to be refusing to take a hike, which since I neither like the snow, nor ever have any reason (like skiing) to be happy about it, I am beyond over the indecisive seasons.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve barbecued in the snow before, but honestly, I like my comfort these days and just couldn’t get behind it (probably because I used to have a covered area and now my grill is on an open deck). I wasn’t going to fail in my assignment though, so I decided to take some flavor notes and marinating ideas from Jason’s blog, tweak them a bit for what we had in the house or could find in our store, and adapt a recipe for the oven. So, while technically this isn’t BBQ per se, you could certainly grill it up pretty easily. The tweaking got a bit out of hand once I got started, but the inspiration is all thanks to Jason since this is a marinade and glaze idea I never would have come up with otherwise.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering about what BBQ equipment I have and why it can be such a labor for me to use in Winter, it is because I love the flavor charcoal gives the food and only have a Weber Charcoal Kettle. Someday I hope to have a gas grill as well, but I don’t think I will ever give up my kettle either.

Back to the recipe, I noticed in my time on Jason’s blog that he likes a lot of the same flavors I do – yay for me!  I wish I could have found the garlic chile sauce he uses in some of his recipes, but since I couldn’t I opted to use the sweet chile sauce I keep on hand. The chicken was marinated for a nice flavor boost before going in to the oven for it’s initial high heat round of roasting in a preheated cast iron skillet and being basted with the sauce. It was a little spicy, a little sweet and still moist and delicious. You could use any pieces of chicken for this as long as they are bone-in and with the skin on. If you wanted to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts the cooking method would be much different and since I haven’t tried that yet I couldn’t comment on the exact details, but who knows in the future! If you try it that way on the grill, please let me know!

My recipe inspirations from Jason’s BBQ Adventures were from his Spicy Sweet Chili-Ginger Glaze, the Asian Honey-Chili Grilled Chicken Wings and the Ginger-Chili Glazed Grilled Chicken Quarters.

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Amanda April 18, 2011 at 5:01 am

Those look amazing Holly! This has been so fun so far, I can’t wait to see everyone else’s!

Tami April 18, 2011 at 6:21 am

Grab some napkins! This look sticky, sweet and delicious. YUM!

Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures April 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

Love how you put it all together. Looks like you cooked these drumsticks perfectly! I absolutely agree with you charcoal is the way to go and definitely prefer to use charcoal over gas. I have both, but been using the gas more of late just due to the time it takes to get the charcoal going during the week.

Dan April 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

Wow, these look excellent. Especially that glaze!

The worst weather I ever barbecued in was around -30-c (-22-f) with the wind. All I had for protection was a car port (i.e., not much), but a beer and the heat from the grill to keep me warm.

HCM April 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

This looks quite tasty, I can’t wait to try it!

Megan April 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

You might not have BBQ’ed it but it looks every bit as delicious. I’ll have to give that glaze a try!

Feast on the Cheap April 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

Holy cow, I must make this! Looks delicious

Emily April 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

Wow! Those look amazing! I rarely BBQ in the winter but I love it when I do!

Katrina April 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Isn’t this fun, Holly?! Your chicken looks great as do all of Jason’s delicious BBQ on his blog! Can’t wait to see who/what is next! 😉 Glad you’re in the game.

Shelby April 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

These look awesome! Jason has some great BBQ recipes!!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit April 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

That chicken really looks good however you cooked it! The glaze looks and sounds fabulous. We have a gas grill, but I sometimes miss my good old weber charcoal one. You just don’t get the same flavor! The Secret Cooking Club sounds fun! 🙂 Now I’ll have to go and check out Jason’s BBQ!

Deeba April 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

Those look absolutely amazing! I love the how deliciously you found inspiration on Jason’s yummy blog. Well done … I’m HUNGRY!

Christy April 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

These look amazing. I don’t really know what ponzu sauce is, though?

Holly April 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

Hi Christy,

Ponzu sauce is simply a mixture of soy sauce and citrus – you can find it in the same area of your store where soy sauce is located. I’ve found it is pretty widely available. Thanks!


Margaret May 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

How fun!! Drumsticks look perfect. Love BBQ and chicken is great for that.

Delishhh May 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Really nice work. I was on vacation when this posted but love what you did. And i LOVE your new site.

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