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Sept 20, 2014
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Lollipops
Best Tailgate Ever?

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Drumstick Lollipops on the Pit Barrel Cooker #tailgate -

Every once in a while we end up with a large group of people at the tailgate. For these "special occasions" its always fun to do something different, and on a larger scale. For this tailgate I was inspired by my good buddy Kinger, from BBQFood4U. He has a great video on Chicken Bacon Candy Lollipops. I decided to check out this recipe for a tailgate and also smoke some Kielbasa sausage on my Pit Barrel Cooker. I think this might have qualified as the best tailgate ever! Check this out.

Brushing bacon with maple syrup and brown sugar for bacon wrapped chicken lollipops #BBQ -

The first thing to do is to get familiar with Frenching a drumstick. The link to the video above has a great explanation on how to do so. Next, take all of the drumsticks and put them in a zip top bag with a bunch of Italian dressing, as a quick marinade. While the chicken is in the marinade brush strips of bacon with maple syrup and then sprinkle with brown sugar.

Chicken bacon lollipops on the Pit Barrel Cooker #BBQ -

After a little while in the marinade (about 30 - 60 min is good), sprinkle the chicken drumsticks with your favorite BBQ dry rub.

Chicken bacon lollipops on the Pit Barrel Cooker #BBQ -

Next, wrap the chicken drumsticks with the bacon. The key here is to tuck the top of the bacon under itself so it will stay put while you are cooking it. I kept these drumsticks in an aluminum tin for transport to the stadium parking lot.

Chicken bacon lollipops on the Pit Barrel Cooker #BBQ -

When I arrived at the tailgate, I set up the Pit Barrel Cooker for a typical smoke. I tossed in some apple wood and within minutes a large group had come to see what this glorious cooker was all about. I used my modified Pit Barrel Cooker grate, which allows the Kielbasa to be hung from the rebar while cooking the drumsticks on the flat grate.

Reheating macaroni and cheese at a tailgate via indirect heat -

I had a second charcoal grill going with macaroni and cheese over indirect heat!

Bacon wrapped chicken lollipops - #BBQ -

After about an hour, both the chicken and the Kielbasa were finished. It was an absolute glorious tailgate and I think it might qualify as one of my best tailgates ever! It was a unique and fun spread that served quite a few people. One of the coolest parts of the day, however, was that since this tailgate occurred in December 2013, it was snowing hard! What a day!

Snowing football game in Baltimore, Maryland - #BBQ -

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