Backyard Smoked Chicken Lollipops

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This is one case when I can truly say that this dish is much better than any candy on the Planet! Really! The great part about this recipe is that it does not require any special butcher cut meat.  You can buy drumsticks just about anywhere these days. So, head on down to the local Supermarket and pickup a couple of packs of Drumsticks, and let’s get this show on the road!

The chicken lollipop is a “frenched” chicken leg. The meat is cut loose from the small end and pushed down creating a “lollipop” look. The leg bone is left clean and creates the “stick”.

To turn regular chicken legs into lollipops you’ll need a sharp knife and a pair of kitchen shears. Make a cut completely around the lower part of the leg just below the knuckle cutting through the skin and tendons. Push the meat down to the large end and pull the remaining skin and cartilage off the knuckle. There’s a tiny bone right against the leg that needs to be removed. Remove this bone with your fingers or the shears, and trim away the tendons sticking out the top.

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