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Honey Mustard Wings

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Now that I'm about 40 recipes deep into my grilled wings explorations, I figured I had all the basics covered. I have a steady stream of new wing ideas that I keep jotted down and I had some pretty unique ones on tap for my 2020 Meatwave season. Of course, that was the season that never was and I wanted to hold onto my more ambitious ideas for when I had a taste testing audience, so I began to examine if I had any omissions in my reliable wing bench that needed filling and realized I had never done the tried and true classic of honey mustard wings. To be totally honest, this is probably because they're not my favorite, but the recipe I put together ended up being so delicious I couldn't stop myself from eating the entire plate almost by myself!

I can't deny that when sharp and pungent mustard is combined with sweet honey, the two form a pretty irresistible union. It's one that's so ubiquitous at this point though that it doesn't feel exciting, and is definitely not novel. So when I decided to approach my own honey mustard wings recipe, I wanted to still featured those two primary players front and center, but add more depth to maybe make this recipe a little different than others out there. One way I did that was by using a rub where I began adding complimentary ingredients like garlic powder, mustard powder, and light brown sugar, but those components have different flavor effects in their dry form over their liquid ones.

Before applying the rub, I patted dry my wings with paper towels to start with a semi-dry and tacky surface that the spices would adhere to well. I then tossed the wings with the seasoning in a large bowl until they were all more or less evenly coated.

Part of that seasoning mixture was baking powder, which isn't a flavoring component, but one that works to give the chicken skin a textured surface that holds sauce well, akin to what you get when frying wings. That's one part of getting a crackling skin on the grill, the other is allowing the chicken to air dry for at least eight hours in the fridge to remove almost all surface moisture. I do this by placing the wings on a wire rack set in a sheet pan so as much of the chicken skin is exposed as possible for full exterior drying.

With the wings in the fridge, I turned my attention to the sauce, which will come as no surprise started with Dijon mustard and honey. I then added a splash of apple cider vinegar, and after mixing those three items together, I felt like I needed a little more sugar to achieve the right balance. I worried more honey would begin to overpower the flavor, so I grabbed the light brown sugar I already had out for making the rub, and that was able to boost the sweetness without the scaled tipping too far in the honey direction, plus I got the added bonus of a light molasses touch. I then rounded out the sauce with Worcestershire for a savory quality and crushed pepper for different type of heat than the mustard provided.

It was the next day when I fired up the grill to cook these and I arranged my freshly lit batch of charcoal so all the coals were situated on one side of the grate to create a two-zone fire. I then placed the now dry-looking wings on the cool side of the grill, covered and let them roast.

Unlike with other cuts of chicken, I'm cooking wings to get the right exterior color and crispness over internal meat temperature. It actually takes a good 45 minutes for wings to get a crackling skin using a high heat fire, and the chicken meat has surely “overcooked” by this time, but what makes wings so easy and versatile is that amount of fat in them, which allows them to take this beating and still remain nothing by tender and juicy inside.

Once the wings were done, I transferred them to a large bowl, poured in the sauce, and tossed to coat. The heat of the wings released a great aroma as the sauce heated up, which started warming my heart to them more than it was when I first set out on developing this recipe.

I was left pretty surprised that these were not only better than most honey mustard wings I've had in the past, but they may have ended up being my favorite wing recipe I did this year! I would normally be drawn to spicier creations like my jalapeño wings, but these delivered such a pleasing sharp and sweet flavor that it was hard not to fall in love and keep eating one after another. It wasn't that honey-mustard flavor that hooked me though, it was the extra depth these had, mainly from the garlicky undertones and crushed red pepper that added just enough heat to keep my spice-loving taste buds happy. If the pandemic hadn't left me with the inability to host cookouts this summer, I may have never even made these, so I guess you could consider that some type of odd silver lining.
Published on Thu Jan 21, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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Yield 4-6 servings

Prep 15 Minutes
Inactive 8 Hours
Cook 45 Minutes
Total 9 Hours

Ingredients
For the Sauce
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
 
For the Wings
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Procedure
To make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and crushed red pepper. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To make the wings: In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, mustard powder, and black pepper. Place wings in a large bowl, pat dry with paper towels, and sprinkle in seasoning mixture. Toss until wings are evenly coated in the seasoning. Arrange wings in a single layer on a wire rack set inside a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, leaving a little space between each wing. Place baking sheet with wings in the refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place the wings skin side up over the cool side of the grill, cover, and cook until skins are crisp and browned, about 45 minutes.
Transfer wings to a large bowl. Add in sauce and toss to thoroughly coat wings. Transfer wings to a platter and serve immediately.

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By: meatmaster@meatwave.com (Joshua Bousel)
Title: Honey Mustard Wings
Sourced From: meatwave.com/recipes/grilled-crispy-honey-mustard-chicken-wings-recipe
Published Date: 01/21/21

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Host an Easy Grilled Tapas Party

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I’m excited to partner with Reynolds Wrap® Foil for this post.

Looking for an alternative to the usual barbecue fare? Throw a festive tapas party in your own backyard. Capture the flavors and conviviality of Spain’s “small plate” culture, now popular throughout the world. Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil makes it easy to prepare with little clean-up after the party.

Named after the Spanish verb “tapar” (to cover), tapas were traditionally small, savory tidbits served with drinks like sherry or wine to whet the appetite for a late lunch or dinner.

How did tapas begin? One theory credits a 13th century Castilian king, Alphonso X, with popularizing tapas by decreeing that barkeeps serve snacks with drinks. Another suggests the beverages were served with small plates. Today, there are over 4,000 tapas bars in Seville alone.

This tapas array is substantial enough to be a meal in itself, or it could be a prelude to a main course like paella. I’ve selected four classic tapas, all of which can be grilled over charcoal, gas, or wood in packets. I like using Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil with this recipe as the food doesn’t stick to the foil packets. They include:

*Garlic Shrimp: Called Gambas al Ajillo, succulent jumbo shrimp are grilled in an open foil packet with olive oil, fresh garlic, spices, and Spanish sherry, and finished with butter and parsley. They’re positively addictive.

*Foiled Padrón or Shishito Peppers: Native to Spain but now available in many supermarkets and farmers’ markets, olive oil-fried Padrón peppers sprinkled with flakes of sea salt are a staple in tapas bars from Barcelona to Cadiz. Some are hot, and some are not! (Substitute shishito peppers if you cannot find Padróns. They are more crenulated, but very similar in taste.)

*Tapas Bar-Style Mushrooms: Often served on toothpicks in tapas bars (the number of toothpicks will determine your bill), these quartered button or cremini mushrooms are grilled in a closed foil packet with garlic, sherry, smoky Spanish paprika, and butter, and finished with chives and fresh lemon juice.

*Patatas Bravas: These are sometimes served with a spicy tomato-based sauce. Here, I’ve paired mini potatoes grilled in a foil packet with a drizzle of garlicky aioli.

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While all the dishes are grilled over medium-high heat, a bit of choreography is required if you want to serve them at the same time. The potatoes will take the longest to cook, followed by the mushrooms, peppers, and shrimp.

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I like to assemble the cooked opened packets on a large rimmed sheet pan or platter. Serve with—what else?—a pitcher of sangria. (I also like to sugar halved lemons, limes, and oranges, then grill them on a sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil until caramelized before muddling them in the wine.)

Reynolds Wrap Tapas Party

For years, Reynolds Wrap® (made in the U.S.) has been a valuable ally grill-side and in the kitchen. This sturdy foil has so many uses, and makes clean-up so much faster and easier. I especially appreciate the versatility of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil, which true to its name, is great for stick-prone foods like fish or teriyaki wings. (Be sure to place the food on the dull side of the foil, that’s the non-stick side, the one with the watermark.) Recently, they introduced new packaging so you can find the product you want by the color on the box. It also has a handy tab that keeps the box closed for storage.

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Nashville Hot Cauliflower

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Say wha?
 
Saw this idea a few weeks ago, don't remember where.  I started with a roasted cauliflower recipe I like to use; boil the whole head in heavily-salted water for no more than 5 minutes, drain for ten, coat surface with oil and black pepper, then roast at 450º for 25 minutes.  I didn't know if I should pre-coat with the oil, as I'd be dipping it after it was cooked, so I painted one-half of the head with oil and marked it with a toothpick.  After 15 minutes on the Egg I had this:
 

 
The left side does show a bit more darkening, but not really worth the trouble.
 
I had printed out a Nashville Hot Chicken recipe some months back, but haven't made it yet.  I looked it up, and the first two ingredients for the sauce were 1) half-lb of lard, and 2) two sticks of butter!    I thought that may be a bit overwhelming so I made something up:  melted 3 Tblspns of butter, added a clove of garlic, then whisked in a tsp of cayenne, 1/4 cup of Frank's Red-Hot, 2 tsp soy sauce, and 2 tsp of a cornstarch/water slurry.  Once thickened, I poured it in a bowl big enough for the cauliflower head.  
 
After 15 minutes on the Egg, I put the cauliflower in the bowl and rolled it around; was just the right amount to totally coat it.  Returned it to the Egg for ten more minutes to "set" the sauce:
 

 
Kinda purty, like a 7 pound meatball.  I sliced it into "steaks", not florets, and let the pieces fall where they may.  Served with Kimchee:
 

 
The kimchee added nothing as far as color contrast, and nothing to do with Tennessee barbeque, but Ron's recent thread had me hungry for kimchee so…  The meal could've used a big pile of white rice, however.
 
Thanks for looking.  

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A brief caveman pic tutorial

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For those on the reverse sear/caveman fence, this may or may not seal the deal; (all temps *F on the dome)
Low and Slow around 250*F to around 7-8 *F below your desired finish temp. (Expect this step to run around 45 minutes for 1 1/2" and reasonably up steaks-half inch excluded  )

Now time for the hot and fast:  Open the dome and shut the lower vent-let the fire produce a hot lava bed across the coals,

Time for some long tongs and nimble-flip at around 60-90 seconds and pull when your finish temp is there.

You will be justly rewarded.  Add to your arsenal.
Stay healthy and safe out there- (Same steak for the whole show!)

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Title: A brief caveman pic tutorial
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1228033/a-brief-caveman-pic-tutorial
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