It’s barbecue season at our Dallas headquarters, and Chickentopia® no antibiotics ever, 100% veggie fed Drumstix™ are the perfect way to enjoy smoky summer flavors. This recipe puts a Southwestern spin on our traditional oven roasted Drumstix™ with a savory spice rub and a fresh mango salsa packed with Vitamin C. Add nourishing jalapeño white cheddar grits, and you’ll be serving a well-balanced and flavorful meal.

Yucatan Drums with Jalapeño White Cheddar Grits and Mango Salsa

Serves approximately 40 people.


40 Chickentopia® fully cooked, oven roasted Drumstix™

For the Southwestern Spice Rub:
10 oz. chili powder
¼ cup kosher salt
¼ cup black pepper
¼ cup garlic powder
5 oz. brown sugar
5 tsp. cayenne pepper
5 tbsp. smoked paprika

For the Jalapeño White Cheddar Grits:
2 ½ gallons whole milk
2 ½ gallons water
7.5 oz. kosher salt
10 lbs. coarse ground grits
5 tbsp. black pepper
2.5 cups unsalted butter
5 cups sharp white cheddar, grated
30 jalapeños, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced

For the Mango Salsa:
40 ripe mangos
1.25 lbs red onion, diced
30 serrano peppers, diced
40 roma tomatoes, diced
10 oz. chopped cilantro
6 ½ tbsp. kosher salt
3 ½ tsp. black pepper

Cooking instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. If the oven has a convection feature, turn it on.

2. Mix all mango salsa ingredients in a bowl. Let the mixture marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. Mix all southwestern spice rub ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

4. Arrange the Drumstix™ on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook 15-30 minutes, checking frequently, until golden brown and crispy with an internal temperature of 165˚F. Cool for 5 minutes, then coat with a thin layer of southwestern spice rub and return to oven for an additional 3-5 minutes.

5. Combine milk, water, and salt in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and warm over medium-high heat until boiling. Gradually add the grits while continuously whisking. When the grits are incorporated, decrease the heat to low and cover. Whisk every 3-4 minutes to prevent grits from sticking or forming lumps. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until creamy.

6. Remove from heat and add jalapeños, black pepper and butter and whisk to combine. Once the butter is melted, gradually whisk in the cheese a little at a time.

7. To serve, divide grits equally among plates. Place one drumstick on each plate and garnish with mango salsa. Serve immediately.

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