If you grew up in the Midwest like I did, or maybe just in the States, it stands to reason you might be familiar with Grape Jelly Barbecue Sauce. It’s the base sauce for all those classic barbecue type meatballs that are served out of slow cookers at so many parties, potlucks, and get-togethers. They’re just about ubiquitous, and like many simple recipes are either loved or reviled.
I have a true confession. And don’t get too excited to hear some juicy tidbit. It’s just that I’ve never been a huge fan of chicken legs and/or drumsticks. It was these Instant Pot Barbecued Drumsticks that converted me. Done in the Instant Pot, this budget cut of chicken becomes absolutely luscious, beautifully rendered and moist. A short stint under the broiler with your favorite barbecue sauce crisps the skin and gives Instant Pot Barbecue Drumsticks lovely caramelization. If you’re not feeling the broiler, you can’t go wrong with tossing these on the grill to finish.
So raise your hand if you’d like a Spiedie, maybe my New York Chicken Spiedies. If these are new to you, Spiedies are chunks of highly marinated meat, in this case, chicken, skewered and grilled to perfection, then served on a fresh, soft roll; it has to be soft, nothing too fancy. And then drizzled with the same garlicky herby vinaigrette it was marinated in, not just because that gives it a double dose of flavor, but because it also kind of melds that gorgeous, juicy grilled chicken and the bun into one cohesive sandwich.
I’m kind of getting on a little apple kick here in late May. It’s because I posted the recipe out for my Cider Glazed Ribs so I just had to put out the recipe for this Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce to complement them. And to tell the truth, I have a slaw coming up with apples in it, too. That’s my Tangy Apple Cabbage Slaw.
Well, I’m still in Atlanta, still waiting for my daughter’s wedding and getting all the treatment. A mani/pedi, a massage, cheese and wine. Directions on how to drive and park. (Kids, ugh.) Lemme tell ya, though, this is the life. These Cider Glazed Ribs I made a while back are all but a whisper of a memory, now, but I think they’d be fabulous on Memorial Day Weekend.