Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Peachy Keen Drumsticks!

Call me anything you want….just don’t call me late for dinner.  Or a blog post.  It’s late, and I had a suuuuper long weekend, but I wanted to make sure I threw a recipe at you today.  Gotta keep on schedule;)
I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July!  We did!!  We also got some great business related news on Friday…I can’t share it with you yet, but I promise I will soon.  One fun thing we did this weekend was go to the Chicken Wing Society Cook-Off in downtown Reno.  I am up for anything that closes the street in front of the casinos.  As soon as they block the streets off, I’m in.  Seriously, I will go to any party in the street.  We tried lots of wings…which was actually uncomfortable in the 100 degree heat.  My favorite was by a company out of Las Vegas called “Havin’ an Affair.”  They weren’t too hot or too vinegary.  They were sweet and spicy, and crazy good.  Of course by the point I ate those I had partaken in a few adult beverages, and I might have said anything was good;)
The Wing Cook-Off inspired me to cook up some wings.  I actually grilled drumsticks instead of wings, but you get my drift.  I mixed 2 Gourmet Rooster sauces….Smokehouse Bacon BBQ Sauce and County Fair Peach Spread.  The result was a really smoky, spicy and sweet sauce.  They were so good!  Maybe next year I will enter the cook-off;)  If it isn’t 1000 degrees outside.
I used 2 packs of drumsticks, which is about 10 to 12.  My kids and husband love a good drumstick.  I also used slightly under ripe peaches, olive oil, poultry seasoning, and the 2 aforementioned spreads.  (Big word-I’m crazy smart, y’all)
I drizzled the drumsticks with olive oil and poultry seasoning.  Poultry seasoning is a great all-purpose seasoning.  It has sage, pepper, garlic, thyme and celery salt in it….usually.  Great with chicken….hence the name.
The peaches got a drizzle of oil and salt and pepper.  Some of you might think that mixing savory flavors with peaches is weird, but stick with me kids.  It is great, I promise!
I got the sauce started on the stovetop.  I used equal parts BBQ sauce and peach spread.  I heated it up to really get the flavors to meld together, and to get the peach spread to “loosen up” and mix in thoroughly.  It only takes a few minutes, and you could totally heat it up in a pot on the grill.
I cooked the drumsticks till they were about 95% done before I brushed on the sauce.  The sauce has a ton of sugar in it, and it will burn if you put it on too early.  I cooked the chicken, naked, for about 10 minutes.  How long you cook your chicken will depend on the size of your chicken and the heat of your grill. 
I grilled the peaches alongside the chicken.  Grilled fruit is so good-you have to try it!  And peaches and chicken were meant to be together....like me and cookies.

Please tell me you will try this.  Even if you substitute your favorite BBQ sauce (which better be mine!) and your favorite peach jelly/spread (which again, better be mine!), you have to try this recipe.  The chicken is sweet and spicy and fantastic.  The fruit spread gives the sauce a thick and yummy consistency that has to be tried!
I served the grilled peaches alongside and they were a hit too!  Addy was skeptical about grilled fruit with salt and pepper on it, but they won her over.  They will win your family and friends over too!  Watch out Chicken Wing Cook-Off….If it happens to be under 85 degrees….You are all goin’ down!

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