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Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Apple Glaze

A delicious recipe for drumsticks

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Resting Time 2 hours
Total 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 772 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds chicken drumsticks

For the Brine:

  • 2 quarts cold water
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

For the Smoked Paprika Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground white pepper
  • teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

For the Spicy Apple Glaze:

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • ½ cinnamon stick about 1½ inches
  • ½ vanilla bean split, seeds scraped out and reserved
  • 6 black cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
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Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cold water, kosher salt, and brown sugar. Stir well to dissolve the salt and the sugar. Pour the mixture into a gallon-size zip-top bag and add the chicken drumsticks. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 1½ hours, turning the bag occasionally.
  2. While the chicken sits in the brine, prepare the Smoked Paprika Rub. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Next, prepare the Spicy Apple Glaze. Combine all of the ingredients, including the vanilla bean and seeds, in a 6-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often to dissolve the sugar. Once the mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cool until it is reduced to about 1 cup and has a glaze consistency, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and strain the glaze through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Discard the solids. Set the glaze aside until ready to use.
  4. Remove the chicken from the brine (discard the brine) and pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with the Smoky Paprika Rub and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is resting, preheat the grill to a medium-high heat.
  6. Spray the grates of the grill with nonstick cooking spray or brush them with olive oil. Place the drumsticks on the grill and sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Once they are seared, move them to a cooler part of the grill and close the lid. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. During the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking, brush the drumsticks all over with the Spicy Apple Glaze. You can apply multiple coats of the glaze if you like.
  7. Remove the drumsticks from the grill to a clean plate and cover with foil if you're waiting a few minutes to eat. Serve with an extra drizzle of the Spicy Apple Glaze, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Note: I couldn't find the cardamom pods at the local grocery store, but I was able to pick some up at Penzeys.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Spicy Apple Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 772 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 1751mg76%
Potassium 927mg26%
Carbohydrates 131g44%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 113g126%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 2910IU58%
Vitamin C 5.3mg6%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.