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Chicken wings are one of my favorites. They are great as an appetizer or a meal, depending on how many you eat. And there are so many creative ways to cook and flavor wings. Most people have a favorite cooking method and favorite seasoning or sauce for their wings. I find the most difficult part of making wings is deciding what style or flavor to make.

My wife and I discussed our menu for the recent Super Bowl; we agreed on wings. I struggled to narrow down my choices, so I made wings three ways.

Here are the preparations I decided on and the tasty results. Think of this as “Wings of the World.”  Each wing style comes from a specific part of Planet Barbecue and has its own story.

One of my favorites is also one of the most famous wings…Buffalo-style. Wings in a peppery hot sauce started at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, in 1964. Co-owner Teressa Bellissmo cooked wings (free from her meat supplier) in hot sauce for her college-aged son and his friends. The late-night snack was added to the menu the next day and the “Buffalo” wing was born. The Super Bowl was the perfect opportunity to make my own Buffalo wings. 

The second batch of wings were flavored with a teriyaki and tangerine marinade.  While working as the fire wrangler on Season 2 of Project Fire, I watched Steven make Teriyaki Tangerine Chicken. It looked and smelled delicious: I knew I wanted to try this when I got home. I first put the marinade on chicken thighs, but knew it would be great on wings. The marinade is a fusion of Asian and Caribbean flavors. 

The inspiration for the Salt and Lemon Pepper Wings with Chimichurri Sauce came from a cooking failure. Recently, I tried to make salt-crusted wings just as cookbook author and celebrity chef Francis Mallmann would do with a whole chicken or fish on an infiernillo. I seasoned the wings with lemon pepper, encased them in a salt crust, and cooked them in a Big Green Egg XL for about an hour. The wings were way too salty, but I could see how the flavors would work on wings without the crust. I think of these as Argentinean wings.

To prepare the three versions of wings, I separated whole wings into flats and drumettes (discard the tips or save them for stock), and then divided them among resealable plastic bags. The marinade or seasonings were added to the wings and then they were refrigerated overnight.

The Buffalo marinade consisted of homemade hot sauce (or you can use your favorite Louisiana-style hot sauce), Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, pepper, garlic, and white vinegar. Use Steven’s Buffa-Que wing recipe as a guide. All ingredients were mixed in a bowl and then poured over the wings in the bags. 

The teriyaki tangerine marinade was made as is detailed in Steven’s recipe.

The Salt and Lemon Pepper Wings were seasoned with kosher salt and homemade lemon pepper seasoning. I used the lemon pepper since I like to use lemon juice in my chimichurri instead of vinegar. It adds a bright acidic freshness to the chopped herbs in the chimichurri.

I set-up a kettle grill for indirect grilling and heated it to medium-high. The high temperature crisps the skin on the wings. While the wings cooked, I prepared the chimichurri. I finely chopped fresh parsley, oregano, and garlic. I then added the zest and juice of 2 lemons and mixed in olive oil. The Buffalo glaze was made by melting a stick of butter and adding ½ cup of the Buffalo-style hot sauce. The teriyaki tangerine marinade is strained and then boiled for 10 minutes until it reduces to a syrupy consistency. I basted the wings with their specific sauce or glaze 30 minutes into the cook. The second baste was at 40 minutes, and the wings were removed at 45 minutes.

Now for the results. I enjoyed them all and it was hard to pick a winner.

The Salt and Lemon Pepper Wings were the crispiest of the wings. The crispy skin created a great bite contrasted with the juicy inside. The herbs and lemon in the chimichurri added a boost of freshness to the wings.  I will definitely make these again.

The Buffalo wings had a nice kick but were not overwhelmingly hot. I went easy with the amount of the spice with the Buffalo wings since my wife does not like spicy food. She has never had a Buffalo wing and does not like blue cheese. The Buffalo wings were crispy, tender, and had a nice balance of flavor and heat.  The perfect bite was created when you dipped the wing in the homemade blue cheese dressing. I followed Steven’s Maytag Blue Cheese recipe. You will want to scoop the dressing with the leftover bones to get more blue cheese!

The teriyaki tangerine wings started to take on a dark color from the marinade. The wings developed a caramelized exterior that become more intense as the wings were basted. The  tangerine juice and the aromatics created a fragrant aroma. The honey, soy sauce, and the bronzed skin created the perfect sweet, salty, crispy, and luscious bite.

I struggled to pick a winner. I had not made Buffalo wings in years and was really looking forward to trying the wings with the homemade blue cheese sauce. The salt and lemon pepper wings were so crispy, flavorful, and nothing like my salt-crusted failure. The caramelized sweet-salty exterior took the teriyaki-tangerine wings over the top.   

And the winner was? My wife’s favorite was a total surprise…the Buffalo wings with the blue cheese dressing. I will make each of these wings again, but my big win was that my wife is now a Buffalo wing fan! I challenge you to experiment with a new cooking method, try a new marinade, or a new spice rub the next time you make wings.

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Title: Chicken Wings of the World
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Published Date: 02/23/21

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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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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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Figs are something I have let fall to the wayside in recent years. There was a time when I eagerly awaited the short windows of time when I was able to walk into my local grocery and purchase tender and sweet figs, and over the years they've worked their way into dishes on this site and off. The shift to almost entirely home cooking during the pandemic reminded me of the virtues of figs and the additional fodder they provide for recipes that offer something different from my usual rotation. So I picked up a package back in the fall and used some pantry staples to put together these grilled flatbreads with charred shallots and figs, then I wrote it up and scheduled the post for seven months from that date to remind to eat more figs when their first season hits in early summer.

This recipe was really born out of finding something new to do with figs that I purchased on a whim, and a pizza making session the day before I made these flatbreads left me with a desire to keep rolling with grilling dough. I have made many variations of flatbread dough throughout the years, but they were all doughs specialized for a specific cuisine, so I was looking for a more all-purpose recipe here and decided to try one out I saw on Food52. The hallmark of this high hydration dough is the large amount of extra-virgin olive oil in it, which I hoped would make this a flavorful bread without the long fermentation time I normally use to achieve that goal.

The first rise for the dough to double in volume took just under and hour, and during that downtime, I put together a balsamic glaze to use as a finishing drizzle on the flatbreads. I had a very small bottle of balsamic vinegar in the cupboard, so I poured the entire contents into a saucepan and added a little brown sugar to it. I then let the mixture simmer over medium-low heat until it reduced by half and had a spoon-coating thickness. When done, I removed from the heat and set aside.

Once the initial rise was finished, I transferred the dough to a well floured cutting board (it was a very sticky dough), divided it into four, and then formed each of those pieces into a ball. I set the portioned dough on a parchment lined baking sheet, covered with a damp cloth, and let it start the second rise, which took about 30 minutes.

During this time, I got everything else together needed for the final flatbreads so I could assemble them very quickly while the bread was still hot and at its very best. After lighting the fire, I cut up my figs into somewhat thin slices and also halved and peeled six small shallots.

The grill was ready to go after twenty minutes of ignition time, and I began by grilled the shallots, which I did over direct heat, placing them cut side down and just letting them cook until well charred. At this point they were somewhat tender, but not fully, so to finish them off, I flipped them over and grilled them until second side was also charred, which took less time than the first since they were already more than partially cooked. Once done, I transferred the shallots to a cutting board, removed the root ends that were holding them together on the grill, and then cut them into thin slices.

The shallots cooked pretty quickly, which was a good thing because the fire was still blazing hot to grill the bread, and a hot fire makes for the best flatbreads. I've rolled out other flatbreads I've made before, but this dough was so soft and stretchy, I went with freeform hand stretching this time. I did as best I could to get the bread even throughout, but, like with pizza dough, it was hard not to have a little extra heft around the edges with the center being thinner.

Happy enough with my globular oval shape, I carefully put the dough over the fire and let it cook until it began to brown a bit. I then flipped it over and browned on the second side and by then the bread was mostly cooked through, so I just kept flipping and moving it as needed to get it across the finish line and add a little extra color too.

As soon as the bread was off the grill, I brushed it with olive oil and assembled the final dish. I started with a layer of arugula, which I ended up going heavier on with subsequent flatbreads for an increased peppery character. Next went on the slices of figs and strips of shallots followed by dollops of a soft goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. After slicing it up, I dug in and ate it while still pretty hot.

My first taste was of the bread, which had a nice crunch and chew, although it was not as flavorful as dough I let ferment for many more hours at room temperature or days in the fridge. That lighter touch though meant the toppings were more prominent, and for me it was the sweet and fruity figs that served as the centerpiece. Although there wasn't one in every bite, their presence was lasting and was elevated by the tangy and sugary glaze and given savory contrasts by the cheese, arugula, and shallots. I consumed a couple slices of this first flatbread before moving on and cooking the rest—wanting each one to be as fresh as possible when served. All-in-all, this was a good reminder that I need to get figs back into the rotation more, and having written this post mainly as a nudge to myself, you may see at least one more recipe featuring this dual seasoned fruit on the site before the year is out.
Published on Thu Jun 3, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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Yield 4 servings

Prep 15 Minutes
Inactive 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cook 20 Minutes
Total 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Ingredients
For the Balsamic Glaze
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
 
For the Dough
3 cups bread flour (396 g)
1 teaspoon kosher salt (3.5 g)
1 teaspoon instant yeast (4 g)
1 1/4 cups warm water (292.5 g)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (43 g)
 
For the Flatbread
6 small shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8oz fresh figs, thinly sliced
2 handfuls arugula (about 2 oz)
5oz soft goat cheese
Procedure
To make the balsamic glaze: Whisk together vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer until reduced by half and thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
To make the dough: Whisk together flour, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add water and oil and knead with dough hook on low speed until dough comes together. Increase speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes. Remove bowl from mixer stand, cover with plastic wrap, and let dough rise at room temperature until roughly doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut into 4 even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes more.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals evenly across charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate. Place shallots on grill, cut side down, and cook until well charred, about 5 minutes. Flip shallots over and continue to cook until well charred on second side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer shallots to a cutting board, remove root end, and cut into thin strips.
On a floured surface, stretch one piece of dough out into an oval roughly 1/8″ thick. Place dough on hot side of grill and cook until browned and lightly charred in spots. Flip bread and continue to cook until second side is browned and lightly charred in spots. Transfer bread to a cutting board and brush with olive oil. Place 1/4 of the arugula on top followed by slices of figs and shallots. Spoon on dollops of goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Cut into slices and serve immediately. Repeat with remaining dough and toppings.
Dough recipe from Food52.

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By: meatmaster@meatwave.com (Joshua Bousel)
Title: Grilled Flatbread with Charred Shallots and Figs
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Published Date: 06/03/21

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