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Mexican Drumstick Lollipops

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One of my problems with smoking meat is that meat is expensive. I am cheap, what can I say? Chicken drumsticks are still almost affordable but what classy way can you make drumsticks? Turn them into lollipops. They look great and are way easier to eat with the ligaments cut off the lower part of the meat.

I made some Mexican seasonings. Warning, this is not a taco or chili seasoning. It has herbs and a big onion/garlic hit with just a little heat. Feel free to use any seasoning blend you like.

The seasoning mixture is:
  • 20 ml (4 tsp) paprika
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) dried parsley
  • 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) oregano
  • 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) Kosher salt
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) onion powder
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) garlic powder
  • 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) cumin
  • 3 ml (1/2 tsp) ground coriander
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) black pepper
  • 4 ml (3/4 tsp) chili powder
  • 4 ml (3/4 tsp) crushed dried chilies
Note the fancy calligraphy on my custom spice bottle.

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I took 8 drumsticks and sliced around the bone about 1 1/2 inches above the knuckle. The idea is to separate the tendon connections from the rest of the meat.

I pulled the skin over the knuckle and cut out any ligaments with shears. I cut the top of the drumstick to make a flat spot so the drumsticks would stand up.

I cut the knuckle off with poultry shears.

Mexican Drumstick Lollipops 1.jpg


I sprinkled the drumsticks with the seasonings. I put 25 ml (2 tbsp) melted butter and 15 ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil in a small roasting pan and stood the drumsticks in the pan. I smoked at 230 F for about 1 hour and 15 minutes (IT was 155).

Mexican Drumstick Lollipops 2.jpg


I increased the pellet smoker to 400 f and took the drumsticks in.

I brushed the drumsticks with the drippings in the pan and sprinkled with seasonings again. I put them back in the pan and smoked at 400 F for about 25 minutes to get a nice colour. I let them rest and plated them.

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Here is the finished product.

lollipops.jpg


The Verdict

If you like dry wings, you will like these. There is a nice skin with a good seasoning hit but not much heat. The meat bites of the bone easily with the ligaments removed. These are a great appetizer or light meal.

I did a video of this cook:


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idahopz

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I'm going to do this the next time I do drums! They look fantastic, David, and the spice seasoning sounds perfect.
 

i6quer

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Very nice! When you said you cut the ligaments, did you just cut the tops off basically? I may have to try that next time. I have been using a pair of pliers to pull them all of the way out and it is a pain! And so I've only done this a few times because of the work. Plus pliers pull out some of the meat and there isn't a ton on drumsticks to start! (Disclaimer: I have other pairs for fishing, don't worry!)
 

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I'm going to do this the next time I do drums! They look fantastic, David, and the spice seasoning sounds perfect.
Thanks, Pete. I just did some wet and they are even better!
 

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Very nice! When you said you cut the ligaments, did you just cut the tops off basically? I may have to try that next time. I have been using a pair of pliers to pull them all of the way out and it is a pain! And so I've only done this a few times because of the work. Plus pliers pull out some of the meat and there isn't a ton on drumsticks to start! (Disclaimer: I have other pairs for fishing, don't worry!)
Cut just where the meat starts to thicken. Slice all the way around the bone and work the skin over the knuckle. This usually leaves a few ligaments straggling. Take some shear and cut the ligaments just above where the white of the ligament ends.
 

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I have to bow to the leg master.Points for sure thanks for sharing
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Looks great Disco! I’m a leg guy. Love good chicken legs. Yes they are cheap here too. Picked up several bulk packs the other day for 0.78/pound. I put 8 in a vac pack and freeze them for later.

I’ll be trying Your rub. Sounds good.
 

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I have to bow to the leg master.Points for sure thanks for sharing
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Thanks for the point but I always thought I was a breast man.
 

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Looks great Disco! I’m a leg guy. Love good chicken legs. Yes they are cheap here too. Picked up several bulk packs the other day for 0.78/pound. I put 8 in a vac pack and freeze them for later.

I’ll be trying Your rub. Sounds good.
Thanks, Case. This was a bulk purchase too and I just did the second half wet. They are even better!
 

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This is Excellent Disco!!:)
And I love the How-to Video!!
Nice Job!---Like.

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