Sweet and Sticky Grilled Drumsticks

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Tonight I had something entirely different planned for the chicken legs for dinner, but the concoction I had prepared tasted exactly like cocktail sauce...not exactly the flavor I was going for!  So, I found myself franticly scrambling to figure out something to do with these drumsticks at the very last minute, with very little on hand (we are moving to a new house next week due to renovations and we are boycotting the commissary until then).  Luckily, I happened to find a Martha Stewart recipe online that had pretty minimal ingredients that I had on hand.  Let me tell you...this stuff ROCKED! So simple to make, yet so good!  And the recipe name held true...very sweet (almost teriyaki-ish), and very sticky, which when grilled, is such a great combination.  We loved, loved, loved this dish, and aside from the wine, this is an incredibly cheap dinner to make as well (luckily, we aren't wine drinkers and I had wine just sitting there anyways).  I really must recommend that you give this one a try, its super duper yummy!


Sweet and Sticky Grilled Drumsticks
Serves 4

1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
8 chicken drumsticks, skinned
coarse salt


1.  Bring wine, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer until mixture has thickened to the consistency of honey, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool.

2.  Using a sharp knife, make three diagonal slashes through the skin and flesh on both sides of each drumstick (this will help the flavors permeate the meat).

3.  Preheat grill to medium-low. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 7 seconds.) Place drumsticks on grill, and brush with sauce. Close cover, and grill 4 minutes. Flip chicken, and brush with sauce. Continue to cook, flipping and brushing with sauce every 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through, about 20 minutes total. Season with salt.

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