Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chipotle Sweet Potato Purée

This is the perfect accompaniment to my Smoked Chicken Drumsticks with Bourbon Honey Orange Glaze. It would also be great with a steak or other poultry dishes. This serves two, but can easily be multiplied.


2 large sweet potatoes
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 chipotle pepper from can of chipotle in adobo
1 tbsp. adobo
1 tbsp. milk


Preheat oven to 450˚. Bake potatoes for 45 minutes to an hour; potatoes should be fork tender. Let cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out potato from the skin. Put potatoes in food processor with butter, honey, chipotle, adobo, and milk. Pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt.

Smoked Chicken Drumsticks with Bourbon Honey Orange Glaze

These drumsticks are tender, smoky, spicy, and delicious, and the skin gets super crispy. I used 6 drumsticks since I was making this for 2 people, but this recipe makes plenty of rub and glaze if you want to make more. I recommend serving these with my Chipotle Sweet Potato Purée.


6 chicken drumsticks
3 tbsp. light brown sugar
2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried mustard
1 tsp. cayenne
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin


1/2 cup orange juice
5 tbsp. bourbon
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper


In a small bowl, mix light brown sugar, kosher salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried mustard, cayenne, chili powder, and cumin. Rub on drumsticks and refrigerate drumsticks for at least 2 hours before smoking. Take drumsticks out of refrigerator at least 30 minutes before smoking.

In a small bowl, whisk together orange juice, bourbon, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Preheat smoker to 300˚. Using indirect heat, smoke drumsticks until they reach an internal temperature of about 145˚. This should take around an hour and 15 minutes. Raise heat to 450˚. Mop or spray chicken with glaze. Using direct heat, cook chicken for about 20 more minutes, glazing about every 5 minutes. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165˚. Remove from smoker.