Mike's brother was in town recently and while he was here he had a request--that we make "The Swanson." The Swanson is named after the one and only Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. Have you seen that show? It's pretty hilarious. Ron is a very stereotypical manly man. He loves steak, bacon, and meat in general. One of the local parks named a bacon-wrapped turkey leg after him and called it "The Swanson." I couldn't find an exact recipe for this many meal, but I was able to consolidate a few recipes and make something pretty good for Mike and Pete. I told Mike he should feel lucky because while I like bacon once in a while, I never cook with it and I honestly don't think he has ever seen me touch it.
- 1 tbs paprika
- 1 tbs black pepper
- 1 tbs garlic salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
- juice of 2 lemons
After baking, take the drumsticks out of the oven and let sit for 50 minutes.
Now comes the grilling. I feel like these little guys would have turned out better if I actually had a barbecue...but I don't, so I tried to cook them on a griddle. Anyway, set the drumsticks on the grill or griddle (medium-medium high on the griddle) and allow 3-5 minutes to cook on each quarter. After they are a nice golden brown, brush on the glaze which consists of...
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- the juice of 2 lemons
- 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
In the end they look like this. I took about one bite and I was done, but the boys really liked these. They weren't cooked as well as I like (I need my chicken overdone or I freak out a little), so I think that if and when I make these again I'll cook the drumsticks in the oven (without bacon) for 20 minutes or so before wrapping them.
I served them with biscuits and roasted green beans & brussel sprouts.
I hope you enjoy a very manly barbecue sometime soon!