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Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks 

Brined chicken drumsticks  grilled and finished with a North Carolina mustard style barbecue sauce.
Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks

Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This is my first outing with the blogging group #CrazyIngredientChallenge, which is hosted by Kelly of Passion Kneaded and Lori of Lori’s Culinary Creations. The premise is that there  will be two  ingredients, and we have to come up with a recipe that uses both.

You know I really dig doing this kind of cooking, as you  might see from my recent #RSC posts earlier this week. I enjoy putting  my thinking cap on. But for this event, which pairs Buttermilk and BBQ Sauce, I knew immediately I would be putting some chicken legs in a brine and then finishing them on the grill. I made up a gold  mustard style sauce for this since I have used a gold sauce on pork before. And it sounded  delicious to be able to schmear it on chicken legs, which I also love because they are so inexpensive.

Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks

I do this  chicken at a higher heat rather than just smoking it. I know many really like the smoking, but this chicken does get the smoke flavor. My issue with smoked chicken drummies is that the skin tends to get leathery, while doing them off to the side of  higher heat gets a better texture there. I am not one to give up my precious bites of chicken  skin lightly.

I do tend to like smoking whole chickens and turkey breast, but that’s another story.

Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks

If you are  looking for sides for your bbq,  I always have a ton I love:

Amish Hot Bacon Slaw

Colorful Bean Salad

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ranch Corn on the Cob

Baked Beans

Be sure to check out the other recipes in the linkup under the recipe printout. Or save to Pinterest for later.

Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Add in an additional 6 hours or more to marinate chicken.
Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks
2-1/2 pounds  bone-in chicken legs (6 drums)

Brine Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Louisiana pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce Ingredients:

Yield: 1 cup sauce

  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Louisiana pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Method:

  1. Marinate chicken in brine mixture for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Whisk together and simmer sauce ingredients for about ten minutes or until hot; set aside.
  3. Drain chicken from marinade,  discarding marinade.
  4. Pat chicken legs dry.
  5. Prepare grill for indirect grilling; heat to 400°F.
  6. Place chicken on hot part of grill  for a couple minutes each side to get grill marks.
  7. Move chicken to the side of the hotter coals for indirect cooking.
  8. Cover grill and cook 30-40 minutes at 375°-400° until internal meat temperature reaches 165°F.
  9. Brush lightly with sauce and let char lightly over hotter part of grill; remove from  grill and let rest 5-10 minutes.
  10. Serve with additional sauce as desired.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

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Crazy Ingredient Challenge

Barbecue Sauce and Buttermilk Recipes

Be sure to check out the other Crazy Ingredient Challenge Bloggers this month!

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Barbecue Sauce and Buttermilk Recipes

If you want to be part of the challenge in the future, email lorisculinarycreations at hotmail dot com.

Carolina Gold Barbecue Buttermilk Brined Chicken Drumsticks

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