Coffee-Brined Drumsticks

We were wondering how this would work with Turkey….

1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee
1/4 cup salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
8 chicken drumsticks (2 1/2 lb. total)

  1. In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups water, coffee, salt and sugar until salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Stir in chili powder, red pepper, garlic and cinnamon. Add chicken. Top with a small plate, if needed, to keep chicken submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Preheat broiler. Lift chicken from brine and place on a broiler pan. (Discard brine.) Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat source until browned, about 10 minutes. Turn chicken pieces and broil until second side is browned, 10 minutes more.
  3. Set oven to 350°F. Move pan to a rack in middle of oven and bake until drumsticks are no longer pink at bone (cut to test), 10 to 15 minutes longer. Serve hot.