Best Southern Fried Chicken

16 chicken drumsticks (or a combination of drumsticks and thighs)1 1/2 cups buttermilk1 1/2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce2 teaspoons salt2 tablespoons black pepper (divided)2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon cayenne pepperVegetable oil (for frying, about 3 cups)Directions 

01 Heat the warming drawer or oven to 200 F.02 Pat the chicken with paper towels to dry.03 In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, Tabasco sauce, salt, and 1 tablespoon of black pepper. Add the chicken legs to the mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate with the marinade for at least 1 hour (or up to 24 hours).04 Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and let any excess buttermilk drip off.