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Spicy sizzling chicken wings loaded with flavor and grilled to perfection. This is a classic wings recipe, perfect for game day – and so easy to make you won't believe it. With that classic spice in every bite. 

This post was sponsored by Mirum, however, thoughts and opinions are my own.  

It's pretty rare that a recipe sends me over the top. Especially a simple one like chicken wings. But whoa, this recipe did just that. I decided to make smoked chicken wings for the game the other day. You know, something basic that gets back to my roots. So, I set out to jazz up some chicken at a friend's house while we waited to see who was making it to the next playoff game. Once I pulled these off the grill, nothing else mattered. 

Do you ever have a moment when you bite into something, and everything goes to the voice of the teacher in the Peanuts specials? That low whomp whomp whomp – because you are totally focused on the pure bliss. This was one of those moments. They were that freaking good! 

Just the week before, a friend brought up that after 3 or 4 wings too many, he was worried because he knew he was going to suffer from heartburn. That totally stinks. Dreading enjoying a meal because of the burn that you know is fated to come. So why not pre-game that problem? 

I tossed him my stash of Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (Omeprazole ODT). 

As a little kid, I can remember an uncle of mine who used to complain daily about the heartburn that he would deal with, dreading every single meal. It was really sad, and my friend was going through the same experience. So, I told him all about Omeprazole ODT. It treats the same symptoms as the over-the-counter Omeprazole you're used to picking up, except this one conveniently dissolves on your tongue and tastes like strawberries. You don't even need water to wash it down. It's designed to help treat frequent heartburn symptoms for 24 hours, perfect for my friend who knew his was an everyday discomfort. Plus, it's a store brand, so it's far less expensive than the national brand. 

Fine print: Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn (occurring 2 or more days a week). May take 1-4 days for full effect. Not intended for immediate relief.

So, now that the day was saved, we could get back to ignoring the game while we quickly devoured a few dozen of these bad boys. 

What you need for these 

For this recipe, I seasoned buttermilk with a spice blend, lime juice and oddly, pickle juice. Truth be told, I am not a fan of pickles. But it's magic in a buttermilk brine. Let the wings marinate in that for at least 8 hours. 

Then let them sit out and dry. As they get tacky, I sprinkle them with more of that spice blend before tossing them on the grill (see my notes about how I grill these on everything from a charcoal to a pellet grill.).

How to Smoke Chicken Wings

What I love about smoking chicken wings is you can do it on any grill you have. Whether it's an electric smoker, a kettle, gas grill, or a pellet smoker, they all get the job done. You just need a little smoke. 

Because wings are, well, small, they don't take long at all to cook. So the smoke flavor won't be intense. But it is good. 

I like to cook my wings over a medium-hot fire, mainly because I love a good crispy skin. The trick though, is to ignore all of the rules you know about grilling. Because if you are cooking wings over a hot fire, you are going to have to check on your wings and make sure they aren't setting themselves ablaze. 

I will put them in with the meatier side down and close the lid. Then when I think they are ready to turn, I give them a gentle nudge. If the skin sticks, I don't flip. When they are ready, I will usually dance them around the grill a bit, moving the ones from the back to the front and vice versa. 

If you are using an electric smoker or pellet smoker, pop the chicken in and let it do its magic. I have always had great success with crisp skin in my electric smoker so no need to do anything after they have temped. If you feel like they could be better, pop them on a hot grill and get a little char on the skin. 

Can you smoke on a gas grill?

Yep. And it's don't tell anyone, but it's super easy. All you have to do is build a smoker packet (or use a smoker box). 

For these wings, I turned a traditional gas grill into the perfect smoker by using a little pro trick. Making a smoke box out of aluminum foil to infuse that smoky flavor even with a gas grill.

To build a smoker packet, I laid down a piece of aluminum foil and placed a handful of dry chips in the center, then I wrapped it, much like you would a burrito, fold the edges over and pinch the ends shut, leaving a pocket where air, or in this case smoke, could escape. Toss that baby on the grill and let it sit for 20 minutes and tell me a gas grill can't smoke.

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platter of spice rubbed buttermilk brined chicken wings with peppercinis on the side and ranch dipping sauce

Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken Wings

Ain't nothing like a classic wing with an amazing spice rub. And this is just that. Buttermilk brined smoked chicken wings with a spice-rubbed kick.

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 649kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings
  • 4 tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp. ground Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp. Red pepper Flakes
  • 4 cups Buttermilk
  • 4 – 6 tbsp. Hot Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Pickle juice
  • 1 tbsp. Lime juice

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken wings dry. Set aside.

  • Whisk the paprika, cumin, salt, chili powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.

  • Whisk 1/2 of the spice mix into the buttermilk.

  • Add the hot sauce, pickle juice, and lime juice.

  • Place the chicken in a large resealable container, or a large Ziplock bag and add the buttermilk mix.

  • Let the chicken sit in the buttermilk 6 to 8 hours in the fridge. If you are using a Ziplock bag, be sure to place it in another dish, no need for leaks.

  • When ready to cook, prepare your grill for smoking.

  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk brine and allow excess liquid to drip off.

  • Sprinkle ¼ of the remaining seasoning blend over the chicken, coating evenly.

  • When the grill is hot, arrange the chicken wings in an even layer over the grate. Allow them to cook with the lid closed, 10 – 12 minutes.

  • When the chicken pulls easily from the grate, flip and rotate the wings as needed to avoid burning or flare-ups.

  • Cook until the skin is crispy, another 7 – 10 minutes, moving the wings as needed to cook evenly.

  • The wings are done when they read a temperature of 165 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer.

  • Remove the wings from the grill and place them in a big bowl. Add the remainder of the seasoning and a little hot sauce if you dare and toss the whole bowl to coat. The seasoning will stick to the hot chicken wings.

  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese on the side. And napkins.

Notes

It's important to temp the chicken off the heat of the grill for an accurate reading. I use an instant read themometer, like a Thermopen to temp all of my meat for accurate reading. 

These keep for 3 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat cold, or reteah in the oven on 325 for 15-20 minutes. 

 

Hey, I'm Kita, the Meat Maven, outdoor junkie, campfire connoisseur, adventure-seeking and world traveled recipe developer and photographer behind GirlCarnivore.com. My mission is to break down savory eats and inspire you to get a little grit under your nails while having fun with your food. READ MORE

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Taking Dinner Outdoors? Americans Get Their Grills On

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Taking Dinner Outdoors? Americans Get Their Grills On


While nearly everyone in America grills, not everyone is comfortable barbecuing more than the basics.
Here's an approach to grilling you can “steak” your reputation on:

Neighborhood grocery stores can help make the outdoor cooking experience easier by providing everything a griller needs under one roof. The Great Grilling program at Safeway features recipes, tools and high-quality ingredients for families that want to create delicious meals on the grill, and their Rancher's Reserve beef is guaranteed tender. The recipes were developed in the test kitchens of Sunset magazine to make it easier for shoppers to grill up a meal on the spur of the moment.

Whether using a charcoal or gas grill, having the right accessories on hand makes for easy and safe grilling-and even easier cleanup. A wide spatula, extra-long tongs, a long-handled brush and a spray bottle with water are the foundation for a great griller's tool kit.

Direct-heat grilling is best for thin cuts of meat that cook quickly. It gets them nicely browned on the outside in the short time they take to get done in the middle. Here's a surefire recipe using direct-heat grilling:

Flank Steak with Green Olive-Jalapeño Tapenade

A Mediterranean-inspired tapenade is a flavorful addition to this tender flank steak.

Prep time: About 20 minutes

Grill time: 13 to 17 minutes, plus 5 minutes to rest off the grill

Makes: 4 servings

1 jar (4.5 oz.) Safeway Select Stuffed Jalapeño Olives, drained

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 cup coarsely chopped Italian parsley

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

1/4 cup Safeway Select Verdi Olive Oil

1 Rancher's Reserve Flank Steak (about 11/2 lb.)

1. Prepare barbecue grill and preheat for direct-heat cooking. For charcoal grill, before you put the grill over the hot coals, brush it with a medium coat of oil; for gas grill, when hot, brush grill with a medium coat of oil.

2. Rinse olives and drain well. Combine olives, garlic, parsley, rosemary, lemon peel and oil in a food processor and pulse until mixture forms a fine paste. Set aside 1/2 cup of the tapenade mixture for seasoning meat; reserve remainder for serving or another use.

3. Rinse flank steak and pat dry. With the tip of a sharp knife, make shallow diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart over one side of steak, then make cuts perpendicular to the first to create a diamond pattern. Repeat on other side of steak.

4. Spread 1/2 cup of the olive mixture on both sides of steak to coat evenly.

5. Lay steak on oiled grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill. Keep charcoal grill uncovered; close lid on gas grill. Cook steak until browned on the bottom (lift edge with tongs to check), 8 to 10 minutes. With tongs or a wide spatula, turn steak and continue to cook until done as desired, about 2 minutes longer for rare (red in center; cut to test) or 4 minutes longer for medium-rare (pink in center).

6. Transfer steak to a clean platter or rimmed carving board and let rest about 5 minutes, then cut in thin, slanting slices across the grain to serve. Offer remaining tapenade to add to the meat to taste.

Beverage suggestions: A spicy, plummy zinfandel; a hoppy, English-style pale ale; or peppermint iced tea.

Tools: Grater (for peel), strainer or colander, measuring cups and spoons, food processor, paper towels, sharp knife, spatula for spreading, heatproof brush for oiling grill, tongs or wide spatula, platter or rimmed carving board.

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Smoked Potato Chips

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Who would have thought that something like smoked potato chips would be so amazingly good? I just had to try it and, as luck would have it, it worked out and the smoke flavor does something to the potato chips that you just have to experience for yourself.

Helpful Information

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Smoker Temp: 180°F
  • Recommended Wood: A mix of mesquite and cherry*

*I used the REC TEC Bull for this project and this is the blend I chose to use for all of them. It was a great choice!

Step 1: Into Pan

Open the bag of potato chips and pour them into Weber grill pans or a large sheet pan.

If you don't have the Weber grill pans yet, then order some today.. they are all kinds of handy to have and the slots on the bottom let just enough smoke through without letting smaller items fall though not to mention they are made of very heavy duty stainless steel.

Pour the chips into the pan but make sure the smoke can get to all of them. Use two pans if necessary.

If you want to put some of my Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) on them, spray them with the cooking oil so the rub will stick better then apply the rub to them generously on one side only.

The potato chips are now ready for the smoker.

Step 2: Smoke

Setup your smoker to maintain indirect heat of around 180°F or lower if possible. You do NOT need heat, only smoke, however, a little heat will not hurt them.

Once the smoke is going, place the pan(s) of chips into the smoker and close the lid.

Leave them alone for 45 minutes and try to not raise the lid until they are finished for maximum smoke flavor.

When the time has expired, remove them from the smoker and bring them into the house to cool.

Step 3: Devour

The smoked potato chips are delicious warm so you can eat them right away. Once they are cooled down, place them into zipper bags for storage.

Notes/Comments

The ones with the Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) on them were very good but the ones with no seasoning were more smoky. Try them both ways and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Title: Smoked Potato Chips
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Published Date: 01/08/20

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What Are Burnt Ends? And 11 Other Key Terms You Should Know

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You can walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Here is a mini-glossary of terms every self-respecting griller and pit master should know.


12 Key BBQ Terms You Should Know

Bark

The dark, flavorful crust that forms on the exterior of meat such as brisket, ribs, or pork shoulder that is comprised of seasonings (salt and other spices and/or herbs), smoke particulates, and the caramelization of the meats natural sugars. Wrapping in foil or butcher paper will soften the bark.

Burnt Ends

This term traditionally refers to the well-done, tougher, fattier, and/or oddly shaped bits of beef that were carved off for aesthetic reasons when brisket was sliced for service at Kansas City barbecue joints like Arthur Bryants. Once given to patient customers for free, burnt ends are now created on purpose. But they are no longer limited to beef brisket: we have seen recipes for pork butt, pork belly, and even hot dog burnt ends.

Deckle/Point

Brisket, the deep pectoral muscle of a steer (there are two per animal), can be divided into two discrete sections: the top one is the decklealso called the pointwhich attaches the muscle to the rib cage. It is both fattier and tougher than the flat (see below).

Flat

Many supermarkets remove the leaner, flatter cut of a steers pectoral muscle from the deckle (see above). It resembles a thick flank steak and has a pronounced grain. When sold together, the deckle and the flat comprise a whole brisket, often called a packer brisket.

Money Muscle

Well known to competition barbecuers, the so-called money muscle is a discrete cylindrical muscle that is part of a butchered pork shoulder. Located opposite the bone, it resembles a pork loin and is leaner than the rest of the shoulder. Because it cooks faster, this desirable cut is often removed from the shoulder (which is returned to the smoker) and sliced separately for the turn-in box.

Pink Curing Salt

Not to be confused with mined Himalayan salt (halite), which ranges in color from pink to apricot, pink curing salt has long been used as a preservative. Known by several namesPrague powder is one of thempink curing salt is comprised of table salt and sodium nitrite (for relatively short curing times) or sodium nitrate (for hams and other meats that require long curing times). Both forms also contain a small amount of food dye to tint them cotton candy-pink and distinguish them from other salts in your kitchen. (For information on how to use them, click here.)

Reverse-Sear

Most of us were taught that the best way to cook thicker cuts of meat (over 1 inch) was to sear them over direct heat and then finish them slowly using indirect heat. The result was meat that exhibited concentric circles of doneness from the outside in. Reverse-searing calls for heating the meat slowly using indirect heat to a temperature 10 to 15 degrees below your goal temperature, then searing it over high heat to brown and caramelize the outside. (For more information, click here.) We recommend it for thick steaks, chops, and prime rib.

Smoke Ring

Smoked meat (brisket, ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, etc.) often exhibits a pinkish-red ring just below the exterior surface. This is called a smoke ring, and is a desirable result of the meats natural myoglobin reacting with the compounds in smoke. Because smoke rings can be produced with curing salt (see pink curing salt above), they are no longer used to judge meat in barbecue competitions.

Shiner

This is a derogatory term used to describe ribs that have been inexpertly butchered, meaning the meat has been trimmed so close that the underlying bone is visible. It happens often with beef ribs that have been separated from the rib roast as its in the butchers financial interest to carve as much higher-priced meat off the bones. For beef ribs worth eating, buy a prime rib roast and remove the bones yourself.

Spatchcock

Spatchcocking is a technique that can be used on poultry (chickens, turkey, game hens, etc.) to maximize the surface area exposed to heat from the grill and to shorten cooking times. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, remove the backbone from the bird. Discard, or save to make stock. If desired, remove the breast cartilage.Turn the bird over and gently flatten with the palm of your hand.

Stall

The stall has panicked many barbecuers smoking their first briskets or pork shoulders. It refers to a temperature plateau that usually occurs when the meat reaches an internal temperature of 150 to 165 degrees, and can last for an interminably long time. Hours. Novicesmaybe expecting the in-laws for dinner at a pre-ordained timeoften make the mistake of increasing the heat, a maneuver that can toughen the meat (especially brisket). For some, the stall signals the moment when the meat should be wrapped in foil or butcher paper. See the Texas crutch below.

Texas Crutch

Sometimes used derisively, this term refers to wrapping slow-cooked meats in foil or butcher paper once they hit the stall, locking in moisture and effectively steaming the meat until it reaches the desired temperature, usually 203 degrees. Barbecue greats like Austins Aaron Franklin have given the method respectability. (Read about Aaron in Stevens book, The Brisket Chronicles.) Sometimes, the meat is unwrapped and finished naked to restore the bark, which softens in the moist environment.

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Published Date: 02/04/20

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