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The Triple D Drum Sticks

I love a dish that has a ton of character and flare to it. My triple D Drumsticks has to be one of those; Delicious. Daring. Dark. At triple dose of  juicy goodness in each meaty bite. Easy to make yet with such beautiful culmination of flavors, these drumsticks will change your life for ever! And you know when I say that, I actually mean it ;))

I was home alone while making these, and I gave you a sneak peak on my InstaStory mid last week. Lord God! These were really good! So many of you asked for the recipe, and the day is finally here that I get to share it with you. I was kinda broke but had to make enough so that when my sisters came back home they would a taste of my best drumstick recipe yet. Food is simply a lot more delicious when you can share it with people you love, is it not? Today, I give you this recipe, which I hope to bring you just as much joy. My Triple D Drumsticks are exactly how delicious chicken should taste like and made even more spectacular with a dark rich garlic stout BBQ sauce that has the most daring of all flavors. Buckle up! This will take you to the moon and back!

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PREP TIME: 24 HOURS       COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES         MAKES:4 

Ingredients

For the marinade:

4 Drum sticks

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary)

4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

 

For the sauce

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1 red onion, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 cup of ketchup

3/4 cup of guinness stout

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

1/2 a teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper

1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

 

Method

In a container, place your drum sticks and add all the marinade ingredients. Allow them to marinate for 24 hours or more in the fridge. Remember, the longer the marination period, the deeper and more intense the flavors shall be. This is marinade has just three ingredients, but go surprisingly well with chicken. Sometimes, less is more. It is the marinade recipe passed down from my mum to my sisters and I and I have stuck with it since. Mum knows best!

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After you are done marinating the chicken, season the drumsticks by dipping them in a paste of these three spices: Black pepper, royco all spice and shalimar tikka masala (the same method we used here). After that, proceed to deep fry them until cooked through. Remove from the heat and set aside.

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Now this is the part where we transform our drumsticks from good, to out-of-this-world FANTASTIC. The garlic-stout BBQ sauce we are about to make will change your entire existence FR!

For the sauce, add the red onions and garlic into a sauce pan and let them cook until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Then, add the ketchup, ,sugar, vinegar, cayenne pepper,worcestershire sauce, black pepper and Guinness Stout. Because Guinness has coffee-malt bitter undertones, the resultant sauce develops a delicious balanced smooth roastiness. Also, the dark color of the beer (which results from the intensely roasted barley) will make our BBQ sauce have a darker deeper color, not to mention a fuller more layered taste. When you make a sauce to accompany your meats, go all out. And if you use a beer, use the best, i.e Guinness stout, for the best results.

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Cook this down for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens and all the flavors come together. You can adjust the chili-sugar ratio to suit your taste and personal preferences. Once simmered down, add your drumsticks into the pot and let them simmer on low heat for about 5-7 minutes. The simmering down allows the flavors of the garlic stout BBQ sauce to meld with those of the seasoning of the chicken hence producing a more cohesive flavor profile as opposed to just slathering the sauce over the drumsticks.

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I would like to address one of the most frequent question I get asked: “So, will I get drunk when I cook with Guinness (or any alcoholic drink)? “

The answer: NO

Cooking is very much a science as it is an art. Do you guys remember when we were learning about various liquid boiling points during Chemistry class in high school? We learnt that alcohol has a very low boiling point. Meaning, it evaporates very fast when heat is applied. Now, when you cook with an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol evaporates in the very early stages of cooking. It is cooked off. What is left behind is the other ingredients and flavors that were used to make the alcoholic beverage; and that is EXACTLY what we are after. We cook with alcohol not to get high (which doesn’t even happen), but to get to the other layered flavors there in. Please please remember this! When someone tells you they got high after eating food cooked with alcohol, just know they are lying because you know and understand the science behind what happens when you cook with alcohol.

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Also, you can make this sauce and just keep it in your fridge for use in other dishes. I have a batch in my fridge too just for that purpose. You can use it in other meaty dishes to really bring out their savory flavor. Be it your nyamachoma/braai, goat ribs, or dry fries, my garlic stout BBQ sauce will give it the much needed flare.

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Add your finely chopped coriander just before taking them from the heat. A fresh herb ties everything together so it is totally a must. You can use finely chopped parsley or chives for the same effect.

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Now the only thing left to do is to shut out the entire world and eat all the drumsticks by yourself  share this awesome meal with people you love! Lets please take a moment and appreciate how awesome my Triple D Drumsticks look:

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Why make boring chicken when you have the chance to make my very delicious drumsticks..and the best part for me, besides the actual eating and the explosive flavors, was how easy it was to make this.

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The chicken was so so tender, and the marinade flavors sipped into every single strand of the flesh. The seasoning was beautifully complimented with the flavors of this amazingly layered, delicious sauce. The fresh coriander added some much needed freshness and tied it all together. Can you almost taste my drumsticks just by reading that paragraph? Well, that is the taste of Friday!

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For your family, for your boyfriend or girlfriend just to treat them to a great meal, for your friends who are over for the weekend or maybe just for yourself, my Triple D Drum Sticks are THE plan for the weekend!!!

Delicious. Daring. Dark.

TGIF!!!

-K


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42 Comments

  1. Hi dear.. am in Dar and a veery recent but big fan of ur dishes..has transformed my life….
    Would like to know inplace of the shalimar tikka masala (dnt thnk i can find it here tho am yet to check on our nakumatt in Tz) wat can i substitute it with?
    Thank uuu
    P.s. that garlic paprika liver is da booomb

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Oh you tried the liver recipe and loved it!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!

      If you fail to find shalimar tikka masala, any chicken masala will do as a substitute.

  2. Oh Lordy Lord, looks delectable! Loving the recipe!
    Quick qstn though, by any chance can the Worcestershire sauce be replaced with Soy sauce?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      They have similar colors but totally different qualities and cannot be substitutes for each other. You can do without for this sauce. I’d advise you to get some from our supermarkets, they are usually in the same shelf as soy sauce and cost about 200Kenya Shillings.

  3. totally amazing recipe
    am definitely going to try this

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Fantastic!! Let me know how it all goes :)) Take a pic of your final master piece and tag me on Twitter of IG

  4. aauuwiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!! *salivates* i think i will buy a whole lorry of Guinness and be making these every other day. my boyfriend will for sure be addicted to these as i will be ????????????????. God bless your creative mind miss K!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 16, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Addiction is very very very real and this will be one of the causes. LOL. Do try it out and take pics as you cook and tag me on social media <3

  5. stay winning.must try this weekend.HEAVY!

  6. Great recipe so excited to try it out!! Is there a non-alcoholic alternative to using the stout that you could recommend please?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Imagine you just have to try it out! At the moment, I do not know any non alcoholic stout sources. But you know what, cooking with beer wont make you drunk. You remember chemistry we learnt that alcohol has a very low boiling point. This means during the cooking process, most of the alcohol burns off. What remains it the stout – malt flavor that we want. I encourage you to try something new and this should be among them. It is not that scary, promise.

  7. Can I substitute the beer?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 16, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Yes you can, but that will be a whole other recipe and not my Triple D recipe. The Guinness Stout serves a very specific purpose in this recipe, and nothing else can take its place. Might I ask, why don’t you want to use beer?

  8. Must try for me…always winning????

  9. This is definitely my weekend plan!
    Bae needs to send you a thank you card!! I’ve been sampling your recipes for 3 straight weekends….. the boy is about to propose! ????

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      I must be invited to the wedding!!!!!! Actually I have invited myself to the wedding LOL! Bae deserves all the good food there is and these triple D drumsticks are top of the list!!!

  10. I murdered this recipe, I made four drumstics and after the meal I was there wishing i made 4 for each of us. heheheh that Sauce is just AMA ZING!!!! My husband has never been that happy while after digging into a meal. I am happy, this has just fueled my adventure to try more recipes from you..
    Thank you.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      OMG!!! You have no idea how happy that comment has made me! This should be his treat every now and then. Cheers to many many maaaanyyyy more amazing recipes.

  11. hey girl this is amazing ewoo

  12. Kaluhi your blog is officially my food Bible! Made these over the weekend and it was heaven, ???????????????????? thank you!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      November 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I swear I think this is one of my best chicken recipes yet!!! SO so happy you enjoyed this :))

  13. Trying this out tomorrow

  14. I must try this. Can I substitute the brown sugar with honey?

  15. Wanna try this out for a an indoor dinner on 31at Dec. …
    Hope all goes well.

  16. Omg!!! This is the best dish I’ve made this year. ????????. I had to marinate the rest of the chicken for tomorrow.gha!!!!

    Your blogs are so good & easy to follow.

    Asante

    • kaluhiskitchen

      December 29, 2016 at 10:58 am

      This is by far the besetestest dish ever and I am sooo thrilled you enjoyed it as well :)))))
      Cheers babe!

  17. Definitely a MUST try this weekend and post the pics….hope will be exactly as yours

  18. Hi this recipe is the bomb!!! I have made it twice in a spam of 3 weeks. Thanks for the recipe

  19. Hi, your recipes are the bomb. Quick question, for the sauce do you mean frying the onions and garlic in oil, or what did you mean by ‘cook’? It left me kidogo confused.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      May 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I know frying is more specific (though frying is a form of cooking), but I am sure you still get the point. I am so sure you know exactly what to do. Don’t over think the terms. Do not overthink my form of writing. You know what to do even without asking. In short, fry the onions. 🙂

  20. Hi Kaluhi,

    Bomb ass recipe you got there!!! Can the recipe be used on other chicken parts and not just drumsticks?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      June 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yes, they are all on the blog. From whole kuku, to kienyeji, to wings to breast. You can get each one by using the search tab on the blog to retrieve them.

  21. Hey love any sub… for the beer am Muslim

    • kaluhiskitchen

      July 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      You can only substitute one beer with another. You can make the sauce without the beer, but it will m=not have the dark color and the taste as described here

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