It has been a while… almost a month. My computer was on the fritz and I couldn’t retrieve my photos, and it would have been weird to share a post with just words and a recipe, no photos, even if I am not a stellar photographer… photos are needed. So now that I have my photos back, I can share these tasty honey cream ale grilled drumsticks! Beer and barbecue go together so well, it is only natural for my husband and I to marinate some meat in beer and throw it on the bbq.
This brewery is another on our bucket list to visit and it is in the plans for this summer! Siding 14 is located in Ponoka, Alberta. My husband and I met Marc, who runs the brewery operations, at a couple craft beer events and loved being able to chat with him about all these great beers! He has a lot of passion for craft beer and for Siding 14, which is contagious! Now we are passionate about this brewery. Every time a new beer of theirs is on our liquor store shelf, we have to have! Now we just need to make the short little drive down to Ponoka and visit this brewery! Oh, and if you like trains, you will notice the theme with this brewery! It is located at the old train station (Siding 14!) in Ponoka, and all of their brews have a train theme to it! Check them out on their website, Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter.
For these honey cream ale grilled drumsticks I used Siding 14’s Switch Point Honey Cream Ale. This beer pours a clear, copper colour with puffy, foamy, beige head that lingers. It smells sweet, caramel malts, a bit doughy or bready. The taste is grainy, sweet honey, some more sweet caramel malts, and a light floral hoppy bitterness. The carbonation is medium and the body is medium. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a honey cream ale that we continually add to our “beer pantry”, becoming somewhat of a staple!
This honey cream ale grilled drumsticks recipe is very simple. I made the marinade in the morning before work within minutes. I put the drumsticks in the marinade, left for work, came back home and just had to prep some sides and grill these flavour-packed drums up! Easy weeknight meal!! Now, you can use chicken breasts, chicken thighs, a whole chicken… whatever you like! And if you can’t find Siding 14’s honey cream ale, you can use any craft beer cream ale you have access to.
Honey Cream Ale Grilled Drumsticks
- 2 Tbsp. avocado oil
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
- 2 tsp smoked sea salt
- 1 tsp Aleppo pepper flakes
- 3 pounds chicken drumsticks
- 1 12 ounce can of honey cream ale beer
In a large resealable plastic bag or plastic container, combine the avocado oil, sugar, honey, paprika, salt, and pepper flakes. Add the chicken and mix until chicken is well coated. Pour beer into bag or container. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Prep the grill rack by spraying with cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (350° to 400°).
Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Grill on prepped grill, covered, turning occasionally, until cooked thoroughly (juices run clear) about 30 minutes.
Enjoy with your favourite craft beer!
- Use any part of the chicken you want
- Another honey cream ale will work
- Use red pepper flakes instead if you can't find Aleppo peppers