Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops


Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops before being pulled off the grill.

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. 

 

Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops hanging from a rack placed on the smoker.

 

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.

 

For more chicken lollipops, check out my Honey Bacon BBQ Chicken Lollipops and Maple Hot Chicken Lollipops.

 

Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops up close before they get cooked.

 

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!

 

A close up shot of the chicken lollipops after being glazed.

 

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.

 

For other chicken glaze options check out my Smoked Chicken Thighs with Spicy Peach GlazeCherry Coke Chicken Skewers and Smoked Citrus Chile Chicken Wings.

 

Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops after being glazed.

 

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! 

 

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Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 5 mins
 

Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops for a fun and delicious way to enjoy chicken!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 788 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
Ingredients
Chicken:
Alternate Seasoning:
  • 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
Gochujang Honey Glaze:
  • 1.5 cups Honey
  • 1 tbsp Gochujang Sauce
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Add the seasoning into a bowl (or just the Korean BBQ Seasoning) and thoroughly coat the meat. Set aside until ready to cook.
  3. Preheat your smoker for 275F indirect. Add some additional wood chunks or chips for added flavor.
  4. 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.
  5. When chicken is done, pull off and rest for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions, serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Honey Korean BBQ Chicken Lollipops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 788 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 209mg70%
Sodium 2874mg125%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 113g38%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 108g120%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 447IU9%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.

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