Cedar Planked Bacon Wrapped Drumsticks

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Back in the day sitcoms usually had at least one episode when the husband came home from work and dropped the bombshell on his wife that “… the boss will be here in an hour for dinner” and the poor wife would spend the next half an hour trying to defrost and cook a roast in order to impress “the boss”. Now I don’t know if that still happens today and if it does I doubt it’s as funny as the sitcoms made it out to be but in the event that it does I would like to present this very “simple and tasty recipe” that I happened to find in one of my BBQ books that was written by Canada’s Master BBQ chef Ted Reader….. Cedar Planked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks and you just have to know that if it includes bacon then it’s dynamite.

Here’s my spin on Chef Ted’s recipe……


Two to three “cooking” cedar planks depending on the number of drumsticks

10 to 12 chicken drumsticks

A pound or two of smoked bacon (if two pounds is to much for the chicken well…… who cares? IT”S BACON!!!!!!!!)

Chicken dry rub (see dry rubs and marinades)

Putting it all together:

Soak the cedar planks in water for at least 45 minutes so that they won’t burn

Pre heat the grill to 350 degrees

Dust the drumsticks with the dry rub

Wrap in bacon

Place on the cedar planks

Cook on the BBQ until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 160 degrees


Serve this with your favorite side dish whether it is mac and cheese, grilled corn on the cob or red beans and rice. What ever side you choose the chicken will be the star of the show and people will rave about it forever and if they don’t then simply unfriend them on Facebook……. that’ll show them who’s boss and if the boss does happen to show up for dinner then he will think you have been cooking for days.

So there you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”

Until next time………..

                                                   Bon Appetite


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