Sticky Grilled Drumsticks with Plum Sauce

PUBLISHED ON: 03.14.2010

This recipe is wonderfully sticky and sweet. The glaze includes fresh plums and red pepper jelly that is cooked down to a syrupy sauce, that is then brushed over the drumsticks while grilling.  The recipe calls for drumsticks but, I substituted drumettes as they are easier to handle and make a great finger food. I also roasted the drumsticks in the oven instead of grilling. In my opinion, you can achieve good results from oven roasting too.

Sticky Grilled Drumsticks with Plum Sauce
Serves 4
Recipe from Food and Wine

12 chicken drumsticks
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 red or purple plums (4 ounces each), pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup hot or sweet red pepper jelly
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup hot water
1. Light a grill.  Rub the chicken with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the plums and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened and nearly broken down, about 5 minutes.  Add the red pepper jelly and mustard and bring to a boil, stirring until the jelly is melted.  Carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor.  Add the water and puree until smooth.  Season the plum sauce with salt and pepper.

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