Football season is here!
So let’s talk about one of my favorite Game Day Foods: Hot Wings!
There are many ways to cook delicious wings on the grill, or in my case, on the Big Green Egg.
After trying a few things, this is what I found works the best for crispy, grilled, juicy, smoky wings.
I buy whole wings and cut them because I like the flippers and John likes the drumettes:
John likes both, but since I prefer the flippers, he eats the drumettes.
It’s a good compromise, I think.
Use any seasoning you like.
You can keep it simple with just salt and pepper or use your favorite store bought dry rub or mix a few different spices together and create your own.
Here is the trick to crispy wings:
Cornstarch. It will also help thicken your sauce after you toss in the wings, but now I’m getting ahead of myself.
Lightly dust the wings with cornstarch — I use a small strainer like I’m powdering a cake with powdered sugar.
Some of the wings may get more cornstarch than others, but that’s okay.
The next step for crispy wings is to put them in the refrigerator and let the skin dry out while you get your cooker set-up.
I cook my wings at 300F for about an hour, raised direct. That means I use fire bricks to raise the grate (raised), and nothing is between the fire and the wings (direct).
Put the grate on and let the cooker come up to 300F.
Now you’re ready to cook!
I cook my wings with the thick skin side up for most the of the cook.
Here they are after 30 minutes:
They are starting to get crispy:
But not enough.
Here they are after another 30 minutes:
At this point I finally flip the wings and then close all of the vents on the Big Green Egg.
You don’t have to do that step, but I like the extra smokiness.
After another 15-20 minutes, you’ll have crispy, smokey, juicy chicken wings!
Now they are ready for your sauce of choice!
This is a “secret sauce” John has been making since his college days.
Two of his roommates were from upstate New York and supposedly got the recipe from someone in Buffalo, New York who invented Buffalo Wing Sauce.
Who knows if that’s truth or fiction . . .
What I do know is it’s delicious and includes a lot of butter and loads of garlic.
Serve them with celery and blue cheese:
And plenty of napkins!
What’s your favorite Game Day Food?