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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 48 hr.
Cook Time: 40 min.
Total: 48 hr. 40 min.
Kris Mullen
Drumsticks can make an inexpensive and, in this case, extremely delicious dinner.


  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • Seasoning4 Tbs whole Jamaican allspice, roasted until aromatic and ground in spice grinder
  • 1 tsp whole cloves, roasted until aromatic and ground in spice grinder
  • 2 Tbs red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs thyme
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbs dark brown sugar
  • For Jerk Marinade4 tsp Scotch bonnet pepper sauce
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 Tbs white vinegar
  • 1 Tbs dark Jamaican rum
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs orange juice
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 dashes bitters


  • Wash chicken and pat dry. With a knife, pierce the chicken so the marinade can be best absorbed. Set aside.
  • Combine all spice ingredients for the seasoning in a food processor. Add Scotch bonnet pepper sauce, scallions, garlic, ginger, vinegar, rum, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, soy sauce, and bitters. Pulse until ingredients are combined.
  • Place the chicken in a plastic zip-top bag and pour marinade on top. Shake until the chicken is equally coated and let it marinate for at least 24 hours and a maximum of two days.
  • When the chicken is done marinating, cook on an oiled rack set 4 inches over coals. Cover and cook for approximately 15 to 20 minutes per side, or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Serve with grilled plantains, chutney, red cabbage coleslaw, or rice. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 451
  Calories from Fat 222 (49%)
(38%)Total Fat 25g
(31%)Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
(61%)Cholesterol 184mg
(52%)Sodium 1252mg
(18%)Potassium 628mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
(9%)Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(90%)Protein 45g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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