Smoked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks: Easy, Sticky & Crispy
The slightly spicy, slightly sweet Asian flavors in these Smoked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks make these sticky, crispy chicken legs a real crowd pleaser! If you need new and exciting, easy and delicious camping dinner recipes, you’ll want to try this meal.
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The only prep work you have to do here is melt butter and chop a bit of garlic.
Prepare In Advance
If you want to use a homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce, it might be easiest to make it at home, then:
- At home: Prepare the Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe, store in airtight container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
- At camp: Let sauce come to room temperature just before you’re ready to use it.
If you don’t have a favorite recipe, try my easy Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe. The flavors are amazing because it combines sriracha sauce with some honey, soy sauce, cilantro, lime juice and rice vinegar.
Cooking Methods & Equipment
Essentially, you’ll be cooking the chicken legs and tossing them in a sauce, sort of like making Buffalo Style Chicken Wings. So, there are several ways you can make these sticky honey sriracha chicken drumsticks. We use our portable tailgate smoker when we have it on our trips. We like making camping smoker recipes when we have time to hang out at the campsite for the day.
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If you don’t have a smoker, you can just use a propane or charcoal grill and make them as one of your easy grilling recipes for camping.
If you have a campfire going with nice hardwood for cooking, like mesquite or oak, you can make this as one of your easy campfire recipes.
You can even bake the chicken in a camp or RV oven. Just toss the drumsticks with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake in 400 F degree oven for about 40 minutes.
Step 1. Prepare chicken. Allow the chicken legs to reach room temperature before smoking, about 1 hour.
Step 2. Prepare your ingredients, heat source and equipment as directed. Pre-heat pellet grill smoker to 250 F degrees.
Step 3. Toss chicken in garlic butter. Place drumsticks in a large bowl, drizzle with butter and sprinkle garlic and salt over the meat, tossing to coat all of the chicken.
Step 4. Smoke the meat. In an even layer, place drumsticks on smoker grill grate, close the lid and smoke for about 2 hours. The legs should have a crispy texture.
Step 5. Remove chicken and increase smoker temperature. Place the drumsticks in a large dish or on baking sheet. Increase the smoker temperature to 450 F degrees.
Step 6. Sauce the meat. While the smoker is coming up to temperature, toss the chicken in about 1/4 cup Sriracha BBQ Sauce.
Step 7. Return chicken to smoker. Place the sauced chicken legs back on grill grates. Continue cooking for about 20 minutes. You want the sauce to caramelize and to have a sticky consistency .
Step 8. Add more sauce and serve. Remove the drumsticks from smoker and toss with remaining 1/4 cup Sriracha BBQ Sauce. Serve hot.
You can use different cuts of chicken to make this meal. It is best to use bone-in smaller cuts like wings and thighs.
If you use chicken breasts, you’ll have to increase the cooking time by 2-3 times. Make sure the internal part of the breast is 165 F degrees.
Smoked meats make for really easy camping meals because you do minimal prep and almost “set it and forget it” in a pellet grill smoker.
If drumsticks are your favorite piece of chicken, try these yummy Smoked Pellet Grill Chicken Legs, they start with a simple dry rub and can be served with or without sauce.
We have so many chili recipes (I think it is 7 at the moment, you can tell my family really loves chili), this is the one we make in a foil pan in our pellet grill smoker. Try this Smoked Ground Beef Chili the next time you have a chance!
We like burnt ends but don’t like smoking an entire brisket so we just make these Chuck Roast Quick Burnt Ends when we’re in the mood for meat candy.
These Beef Short Ribs On Pellet Grill are so good! Some people call them Beef Dino Ribs. We call them delicious!
We often make these Smoked Green Beans when we have enough room on the smoker. They’re a nice side for beef cuts.
What To Serve With This Recipe
Tossing crispy chicken in honey sriracha sauce is a great option when you need gluten free camping food. Keep the gluten out of the meal by adding a cold salad on the side.
I like making a simple Asian coleslaw to serve with these sriracha drumsticks. I toss shredded green cabbage with a ginger-flavored dressing and garnish with a few sesame seeds and green onions.
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This is one meal where I don’t “reinvent” the leftovers. I just refrigerate the drumsticks in an airtight container, then, wrap in foil and re-heat with medium heat using hot campfire coals or an oven.
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Smoked Honey Sriracha Chicken Drumsticks
- 4 pounds chicken drumsticks
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 cup Sriracha BBQ Sauce divided (use your favorite prepared honey sriracha sauce or get our homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe)
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
- Allow chicken legs to reach room temperature before smoking (sit out time, about 1 hour).
- Pre-heat pellet grill smoker to 250 F degrees.
- Place drumsticks in large bowl.
- Stir garlic and salt into melted butter, drizzle over the meat. Toss together to ensure all of the chicken is coated.
- Place drumsticks on smoker grill grates in an even layer. Close lid and cook until the legs have a crispy texture, about 2 hours.
- Remove drumsticks from smoker, place in large dish or on baking sheet.
- Increase smoker temperature to 450 F degrees.
- Pour about 1/4 cup Sriracha BBQ Sauce over the drumsticks, turn to coat. Place back on grill grates and continue cooking until the sauce is caramelized and has a sticky consistency about 20 minutes.
- Remove drumsticks from smoker, place in large bowl and toss with remaining 1/4 cup Sriracha BBQ Sauce, toss to coat and serve immediately.
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