1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix all of the dry rub ingredients until fully combined. Coat chicken generously with rub.
3. Spray a muffin tin generously with oil, then place a chicken drumstick into each muffin cup, standing up.
4. Cook for 45 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. (You can also cook these on a grill.) Handle carefully when ready so the bone does not fall out.
5. If desired (recommended if not serving immediately), finish with a barbecue glaze by dipping each chicken lollipop into barbecue sauce and resting on a wire rack to let the excess sauce drip off. Place back into muffin tins and broil on high for about five minutes, until sauce caramelizes. Keep a close eye to make sure the bones don’t burn.
6. To plate: Place something with a straight edge on the plate, then make a line of garlic mayo, Sriracha, and pesto (or sauces of your choice) next to each other. Take a fork and quickly drag it through all three sauces, starting from the back. Remove the straight edge and plate mashed potatoes and chicken as pictured. (I learned this technique from Yossi and Malky Levine’s article on plating in a previous issue; they have great tips!)
Tips: You can choose to “French” your chicken yourself (I actually bought a cleaver specifically for this), but Epstein’s Meat in Lakewood will do it for you, which will save you a major hassle. They are so patient and friendly, which for me is a prerequisite to a good butcher.
Make Ahead: Reheat chicken in a 350-degree-Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes.
Notes: This is my go-to rub; I use it for most foods that call for a dry rub, including ribs. This recipe will make much more than you need, so save the rest in an airtight container for future uses