Smoked Citrus Chicken Drumsticks
Spending an afternoon on Put in Bay was on high on our list of things to do during our vacation in Ohio this year. If you've ever been to the high energy island positioned at the north end of Lake Erie, you know that it's a special place.
We were enjoying a beautiful July afternoon on Put in Bay when we got caught off guard by an unexpected afternoon thunderstorm. ⛈ So we did what anyone else would do when caught in the rain without an umbrella - we took shelter in the nearest building.☔️ Which in our case - was a butterfly museum. 🦋 How lucky was that? 😂
Hanging out with these beautiful butterflies was a great way to wait out the rain storm. They are truly fascinating creatures to watch. And I learned that even though these spectacular insects spend their lives in a beautiful tropical habitat that is protected from the elements, they refuse to fly when it's raining outside. 🤷🏻♀️
I learned all kinds of interesting butterfly facts that day. Like, did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? 🦋 Adult butterflies only feed on liquids—usually nectar - so the winged insects use the taste receptions on their feet to help them find host plants and locate food. I've never been so happy to not be a butterfly. 😂
I may not be able to float like a butterfly I'm also not on a liquid diet and I don't have taste buds attached to my toes - so... I'll take it. These smoked citrus chicken drumsticks make me appreciate every single taste bud on my tongue. Actually the bright citrus flavor and spicy cayenne pepper in this delicious chicken wakes up all my senses.
Smoked Citrus Chicken
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced
1 Tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 pounds chicken drumsticks
1 cup wood chunks
Serve chicken with orange slices.
This grilled chicken would be a delicious addition to any summertime menu. Enjoy!
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