​1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup salted butter
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp cornstarch
12 chicken drumsticks
2 tsp canola oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

​1. To prepare sauce, combine maple syrup, bacon, onion, lemon juice, butter, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 – 12 minutes.
3. Whisk together water and cornstarch until blended. Gradually whisk into maple syrup mixture; set aside.
4. Brush chicken with oil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
5. Place chicken on a grill topper or directly on barbecue grid on natural gas barbecue.
6. Grill chicken over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until a meat thermometer registers 165ºF, about 15 – 17 minutes.
7. Reserve half of sauce to serve with chicken. Toss chicken with remaining sauce and grill until chicken is richly glazed, about 5 minutes. Serve with reserved sauce. Serves 6.

Last updated on September 22, 2017