Pirate Mike’s Peg Leg Chicken Drums

Pirate Mike

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 servings

Pirate Mike

Mike "Pit Pirate" Hedrick is a competitive barbeque champion and bbq caterer who offers his take on a tasty Chicken Leg recipe.


  • 1 Dozen Chicken legs
  • 12 pieces thin sliced bacon, cut in half lengthwise
  • Favorite rub for chicken
  • Brown sugar


  1. You want to wash and clean your Chicken Drums well.
  2. I like to pat dry with paper towels to make them more easy to hold.
  3. You can use a knife but using poultry scissors is much more safe to cut all the way around the lower part of the chicken drum just below the meat.
  4. Cut it all the way around and I use the scissors to score around to get a clean cut.
  5. Next peel off the lower skin and knuckle - You may need to cut around that area too.
  6. Next lay out some bacon and sprinkle on one side only with fresh cracked salt and pepper and some brown sugar.
  7. Next coat the chicken with you favorite rub, poultry seasoning
  8. Set one drum at an end of the bacon - brown sugar side up - and roll around several times to cover the chicken - try not to overlap the bacon too much. 
  9. Secure with a very heavy-duty plain (no color dyes) toothpick or two.
  10. Now place these bacon wrapped chicken legs on a rack of some type to stand them up or they can be cooked on their sides and turned throughout the cooking time using tongs.
  11. These can be Smoked, cooked using indirect heat from a gas or charcoal grill, slow cooked using the upper rack of a Char-Broil infrared gril or fry-roasted in The Big Easy infrared turkey fryer.
  12. When the bacon is crisping up, use some tongs to test lift one and test the meat with a fork, finger or instant read thermometer to judge that it's nearly done (165F degrees).
  13. Mop or lightly brush on your favorite BBQ sauce to kinda glaze the surface so it's got some sweetness on the outside too!
  14. Mike "Pit Pirate" Hedrick is a competitive barbeque champion and bbq caterer who is also a regular contributor to Sizzle on the Grill.
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