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Barbecued Chicken For A Crowd

Barbecued Chicken For A Crowd

These are so good - you might be tempted to make a batch just for yourself! A barbecued chicken drumsticks recipe, for those days when you need to feed an army without breaking the bank. 

You Will Need

The Prep

First, let's give the chicken drumsticks some flavor. Grab two full-size disposable aluminum steam pans, and lay one layer of drumsticks in each. To put as many as possible in each pan, alternate the thin and thick end of every other piece so that they fit together nicely.

Now season the top side of the drumsticks liberally and evenly with the BBQ rub - then flip/rotate the drumsticks, and repeat on the other side. After finishing with the first layer of drumsticks, add another layer of chicken to each pan and repeat the seasoning on both sides.

Cover the pans with foil and refrigerate 3-4 hours, to give the chicken time to absorb the flavor.

Tip: If, for some reason, you want to reuse the disposable aluminum steam pans for serving, rinse them well and put them in a 325ºF (163ºC) oven for about 15 minutes while the chicken is cooking. This will kill any poultry nasties in the crevices.

The Cook

Start your grill and prepare for direct cooking at medium heat, at 350ºF (177ºC). Add your smoke wood of choice just before you start cooking. Then arrange the chicken on your grill in the same interlocking manner that you did in the pans.

Because you will have legs of various sizes, and zones on your grill that vary in heat, some of the pieces will cook faster than others. As you see some getting done, just stack them to the cooler side of the grill while you let the other pieces catch up. This also gives you more room to move them around.

Cook the drumsticks, turning them about every 10 minutes until the internal temperature in the thickest part reaches 175ºF (80ºC). This should take about one hour.

The Payoff

Once ready, sauce the drumsticks by working in batches. Pour about two cups of sauce in a very large mixing bowl, then add about 15 legs and gently toss/fold to coat them in sauce. 

Optional: If you want to set (lightly caramelize) the sauce, return the chicken to the grill for a couple of minutes per side. 

Your chicken drumsticks are ready, and they are delicious!

Enjoy!

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