BBQ Bastard’s mighty “Spiced Morgan Chicken Peg Legs”

BBQ Bastard’s mighty “Spiced Morgan Chicken Peg Legs”

Help! I’m running out of lame Pirate jokes and still have a superb recipe to share… Hope you won’t miss the lame jokes! Next time I’ll make some turtle for “Smoked Donatello soup” or something like that. But for now you’re here to read about the mighty Spiced Morgan Chicken Peg Legs. Even without the stupid jokes I promise you won’t get enough of them. 

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When I served these chicken Peg Legs to my family my wife’s first reaction was: “They are delicious but pretty hot! I think they won’t be kids proof.” Luckily there were the kids to prove her wrong. They kept asking for more and they didn’t even knew they were pirate related haha. But I guess it’s better that way… Otherwise I’d be left with bones only. I can remember me and my friends playing pirate games all the time. We would have fought many battles to conquer these.

Chicken peg Legs

Chicken Peg Legs?

Chicken Peg Legs or Chicken Lollipops are prepared drumsticks. Like I explain over here in the “Sweet Cherry lollipops” recipe, there’s some work involved in the preparing process but it’s totally worth it. The result is simply stunning and most of all damned juicy. In comparison to the other lollipops I made I removed the knuckle cap. I thought they looked better with the knuckle cap on but a kind person attended me they tend to fall of while eating. Since we don’t want these chicken peg legs to end up in the sand I chose for safety.

Chicken Peg Legs

Another difference with the “Sweet cherry lollipops” is the sauce used to spice the drumsticks. Instead of using a thick viscous BBQ sauce with lot’s of sugar. I opted for a more liquid mop sauce packed full of flavors. The “Spiced Morgan mop sauce” I created is a rum based mop sauce with Asian and South-American notes. The “Hot ginger rub” I created for these Peg Legs also has it’s roots in both regions and combines well with the chicken and mop sauce.

Preparing Spiced Morgan Peg Legs:

First you start by preparing the Peg legs like explained in the steps below and rub them with the hot ginger rub. Make sure you use a good sharp knife or you’ll end up frustrated. Put aside for an hour while making your mop sauce and starting the fire for indirect cooking. Toss in some rum soaked oakwood  before you want to start cooking. Wait until the smoke turns slightly blue and put the hot ginger rubbed Chicken Peg Legs in the smoker. Mop them with the Spiced Morgan mop Sauce every 10 minutes for about 35 minutes until you get the right internal temperature.

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Spiced Morgan Chicken Peg Legs

Serving Size: 4 pers.

Spiced Morgan Chicken Peg Legs


  • 9 Chicken drumsticks
  • Hot Ginger Rub at taste
  • Hot Ginger Rub
  • 10 parts smoked hot paprika powder (or sweet if you want it less hot)
  • 4 parts ginger powder
  • 4 parts onion powder
  • 2 parts laos powder
  • 2 parts salt
  • 1 part cumin
  • 1 part chili powder
  • For the Spiced Morgan Mop sauce
  • 2/3 cup rum
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup ginger syrup
  • 1/3 cup plum sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp. ground star anise


Preparing the Peg Legs

1. Take the drumsticks out of the fridge and make a cut around the bone right beside the knuckle. A sharp knife is useful in this part.

2. Push the meat aside to the thick end of the drumstick.

3. Slide the tip of your knife under the cartilage and lift the your knife while cutting the tendons. This way you can remove the cap.

4. Push the meat back and cut through the small bone and remaining tendons on the thicker part of the bone. Clear the rest of the bone so you end up with a nice Peg Leg.

5. Rub the Peg Legs "Hot Ginger Rub" and put aside for about an hour.

6. While waiting you can prepare your "Spiced Morgan Mop Sauceand start your fire for indirect cooking at 180°C/350°F

Spiced Morgan Mop Sauce

1. Mix all ingredients in a pan. Let simmer for a while. This way the flavors can combine and intensify.

2. Put the sauce in a bowl and let cool down. Now you're ready for the last part:

BBQ fun

1. Toss in two chunks of rum wood (or your favorite wood chunks) and wait until the smoke turns blue.

2. Once the smoke is blue put the Peg Legs in the BBQ, mop them with your Spiced Morgan Mop Sauce and close the lid for the next 35 minutes. Only open the lid every 10 minutes to quickly mop the Peg Legs. This way they'll get an awesome smokey flavor! Keep in mind that the more you open the lid the less smoke flavour you will end up with.

3. Once the Peg Legs reach an internal temperature of 74°C/165°F they're ready to serve! Enjoy

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