These Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops are one of the best chicken recipes of all time…if I do say so myself.
Juicy chicken “lollipops” are seasoned to perfection, smoked until deliciously tender, then doused in a sweet and spicy Gochujang honey glaze.
Pick Your Seasoning
So, first thing’s first. Decide how you want to season the chicken. You have a couple of options.
First, our pre-made option: Korean BBQ Seasoning. It’s a spicy, smoky, and sweet blend made with chili flakes, sesame seeds, soy sauce, maple sugar, orange peel, cayenne, and more.
Second, our homemade seasoning option! Simply mix together kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar, onion powder, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, red chili flakes, and cayenne powder. I’ve listed measurements, but feel free to play around with amounts to customize the seasoning blend just how you like it. You really can’t go wrong!
Prep the Chicken for Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
Now, it’s time to prepare the chicken. Start with twelve chicken drumsticks. Make a cut roughly 1/3 of the way down each drumstick towards the knuckle side, then slice all around the drumstick. Pull the excess meat/skin off until the bone is the only thing showing. Trim off any excess tendons, then press the meat down to form the “lollipop” shape.
Next, add whatever seasoning you choose into a bowl. Take each chicken lollipop and roll them in the seasonings until fully coated. Set aside until you’re ready to transform them into Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops.
Smoke the Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
So, now we cook our chicken! First, preheat the smoker for indirect cooking around 275ºF. Add wood chunks or chips to the smoker to give the meat some extra smoky flavor.
Next, add the chicken to the smoker. I use a smoker rack to cook the meat and it works great. Cook the chicken for about 2-2.5 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 175ºF.
While the chicken is cooking, make your Gochujang honey glaze!
Make the Gochujang Honey Glaze for Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
Next, make your sauce, because these chicken drumsticks are next level flavorful doused in this sweet and spicy sauce.
To make the glaze for the Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops, set a saucepan on the smoker. Add in the honey and Gochujang sauce and allow the mixture to warm for 1-2 minutes. Pull the saucepan off of the smoker, then stir the mixture until it’s fully combined.
Finish and Serve the Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
And now, we glaze and serve!
First, pull the chicken drumsticks off of the grill and carefully dip each one into the finished honey glaze. Make sure they are evenly coated. Let the excess glaze drip off, then place the drumsticks back onto the smoker rack. Cook for an additional 5 minutes to give the exterior time to caramelize, because who doesn’t love a crispy exterior?
Next, pull the finished Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops off of the smoker, let them rest for 2-3 minutes to give the flavor and juices time to settle in, then garnish with chopped scallions and dig in!
Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops for a fun and delicious way to enjoy chicken!
- 12 Chicken Drumsticks
- ½ cup Korean BBQ Seasoning
- Chopped Scallions for garnish
- 1.5 tbsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1.5 tsp White Sesame Seeds
- 1.5 tsp Black Sesame Seeds
- 1.5 tsp Red Chili Flakes
- ½ tsp Cayenne Powder
- 1.5 cups Honey
- 1 tbsp Gochujang Sauce
Start by making a cut about ⅓ of the way done the drumstick towards the knuckle side. Slice all around the drumstick and pull off the excess meat/skin until the bone is the only thing showing. Trim off any excess tendons, then press the meat down to form your “lollipop.” Wrap a little bit of foil over the bones to prevent burning, if you like. Repeat this step for the rest of the drumsticks.
Add the seasoning into a bowl (or just the Korean BBQ Seasoning) and thoroughly coat the meat. Set aside until ready to cook.
Preheat your smoker for 275F indirect. Add some additional wood chunks or chips for added flavor.
Add your chicken to the smoker (preferably on a smoker rack) and cook for about 2-2.5 hours until they reach 175F. When the chicken is close to being done, add a sauce pan with all the ingredients for the Honey Gochujang Glaze. Warm up for 1-2 minutes. Once warm, pull the saucepan off, stir the mixture and carefully dip each lollipop into the sauce until it is evenly coated. Let the excess glaze drain off and place the chicken back on the smoker rack. Repeat for each lollipop, then let cook for 5 more minutes.
When chicken is done, pull off and rest for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions, serve and enjoy!
Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!