Smoky Chipotle Wings

Anita and I recently spent a few days in lovely Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while attending a conference. I made sure I had my ‘to-eat’ list down before leaving, because one thing you can be sure of finding in Pittsburgh: good food. At the top of my list was dry chicken wings. No, not dry like ‘ewww, this meat is dry’. Dry as in the wings aren’t tossed in sauce after being cooked. Instead they are dusted with seasoning. The end result is almost like roasted chicken, but with much more pronounced flavors. Since our trip I’ve been seriously addicted to making dry wings, like these smoky chipotle wings

.When you first taste the rub for these wings you might think they’ll come out super spicy. Maybe too spicy for grandma. Well, no actually. The heat mellows a bit while the wings cook. You’re left with a slightly smoky, slightly sweet, and a bit-of-heat flavor that is absolutely crazy good. Good enough for grandma, though you might want to run the idea by her first.

Smoky chipotle wings would be absolutely perfect served any time, but they’d really make a great appetizer for the big game. They’re easy to make and packed with flavor.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

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Smoky Chipotle Chicken Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-8 servings
 
Ingredients
For the wings
  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) Smokey Chipotle Rub #1, divided
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil and toss to coat.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of the Smoky Chipotle rub, toss to coat and seal.
  4. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  5. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  6. When done, place wings in a large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining rub. Toss to coat and serve.

Enchilada Chicken Wings

Oh yum! Mexican-inspired chicken wings with kicked up easy Ranch dressing! I loved these enchilada wings so much I had to make them two days in a row. The wings by themselves are fantastic. You could serve them dry, without the sauce. The sauce is spicy and it reminds you of traditional wing sauce, but with a great south-of-the-border twist.I prefer to make my own taco seasoning mix, but you can of course use pre-made. For these enchilada wings you’ll want to use a seasoning that is fairly fine in texture. You don’t want any big chunks of spice on your wings. First, it might burn when you cook the wings. Second, no one wants to bite into a big chunk of… .something.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Enchilada Chicken Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (I used my homemade seasoning)
  • 1 (10 ounce) cans enchilada sauce
  • 1/4 cup wing sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
Instructions
  1. Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  2. Add the oil and taco seasoning, seal, and shake to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  4. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  5. When wings are done, transfer to a bowl.
  6. Combine the enchilada sauce and Frank's wing sauce.
  7. Combine 2 tablespoons of the sauce mix with the Ranch dressing. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the wings. Toss to coat.
  8. Serve.

Angry Chicken Wings

I was big time happy with these angry chicken wings. ‘Angry’ because they pack a little kick, but not so much that your mouth is on fire. A very nice kick. This was my first time cooking with gochujang chile paste, and I really loved it. It’s sort of savory, sort of sweet, and sort of spicy. It contains fermented soybeans but the flavor isn’t overwhelming. A little gochujang does go a long ways, but it sure makes for one fantastic wing sauce.
The angry chicken wing sauce would also be good on grilled pork chops or grilled ground chicken or turkey burgers. Just dab a little on top before you dig in. If you make the sauce ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, it might thicken up a bit. Just add a few drops of water and stir to get the desired consistency.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

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Angry Chicken Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-8 servings
 
Ingredients
For the wings
  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
For the sauce
  • 1/3 cup gochujang chile paste
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onions, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the salt and pepper. Seal the bag, and toss gently to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours before cooking.
  5. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  6. When done, place wings in a large bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat.
For the sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed if the sauce is too thick.

Buffalo Wings using the Vortex

I love the Vortex insert. I’ve had one for quite a while, using it to cook entire family packs of great chicken wings on my Weber Performer grill. But sometimes I don’t need 4 or so pounds of wings. I just need to cook enough for one or two people. That’s where the smaller Vortex comes in. It fits perfectly into my Weber Smokey Joe grill, making for some dynamite buffalo wings!
Buffalo Wings using the VortexOf course you can use the Vortex for more than just Buffalo wings, and on more than just a charcoal grill, but I bought mine to make wings. Wings. Wings. And more wings. And it does wings great. Super high heat makes for super crispy tasty wings in the end, with about as little effort as you can possibly get.

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Buffalo Wings using the Vortex
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • A Vortex
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes (tips saved for making broth)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Buffalo seasoning
  • Frank's wing sauce
Instructions
  1. Place the wings into a large resealable container or baggie.
  2. Add the oil and seasoning. Seal and shake to coat well.
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  4. Light a charcoal chimney full of charcoal. Alternatively, you can fill your Vortex with charcoal and light them inside the unit.
  5. Let the charcoal get fully ashed over.
  6. Place the Vortex into the center of your grill and add in the charcoal.
  7. Open the bottom vents on your grill by 1/3, while keeping the top vent open completely.
  8. Close the gill and let it get hot, about 15 minutes.
  9. Add the chicken as shown in the picture above. For the flats have the skin side up, and for the drumettes keep the meaty part away from the fire.
  10. Close the grill and cook for 15 minutes.
  11. Rotate the lid 90 degrees and cook for another 15 minutes.
  12. Flip the wings. Rotate another 90 degrees and cook 15 more minutes.
  13. Check if the wings are as crispy as you like. If not, rotate another 90 degrees and cook another 15 minutes.
  14. Brush the wings with wing sauce and cook 5 more minutes.
  15. Flip wings and brush with more wing sauce. Cook 5 more minutes.
  16. Transfer wings to a bowl and toss with more wing sauce, if desired.
  17. Serve with dipping sauce.

Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings

I do love eating chicken wings. They might be my favorite food. I recently picked up a bottle of Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo wing sauce. It looked good and thick and flavorful. And boy, was it all that and more. Not so thick that it was gloppy, the sauce stuck to the wings just as you want it to. And flavor? Oh man. A nice mellow Ranch flavor that definitely does not overwhelm, with just a hint of spiciness. This sauce is perfect for a party because it’s sure to please all of your guests.
Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo WingsIf I’d known just how fantastic Moore’s Creamy Ranch sauce was I would’ve definitely left the Ranch dressing off my plate. You seriously don’t need anything else with these sauced up wings. Just grab a big ole handful of them and a lot of paper towels and get to eating!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Moore's Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  2. Add the oil and rub, seal, and shake to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  4. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  5. When wings are done, transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Toss to coat.
  6. Serve.

Guy Fieri’s Korean BBQ Wings

I love Asian-inspired chicken wings. Sometimes they’re a little sweet. Sometimes they’re a little spicy. That’s why I decided to pick up a bottle of Guy Fieri’s Korean BBQ wing sauce. This sauce has a teriyaki-like flavor, with plenty of soy sauce. And a little sweet, and a little heat, with hints of ginger and onion. It’s not overly thick and not overly thin, perfect on wings hot off the grill or out of the deep-fryer.
guy-fieris-korean-bbq-wingsI’ve seen around the internet that a few folks have been using Guy Fieri’s Korean BBQ wing sauce as a sauce for smoked or grilled ribs. I think that’s a great idea as this sauce would definitely stand up to being slathered on ribs. I definitely wouldn’t pigeon-hole it as ‘just’ a wing sauce. Heck, slather it on some grilled fish or toss some roasted vegetables in it. It’s that versatile and that good.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Guy Fieri's Korean BBQ Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  2. Add the oil and rub, seal, and shake to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  4. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  5. When wings are done, transfer to a bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Toss to coat.
  6. Serve.

Fiery Catalina Wings

Despite how simple the sauce on these fiery Catalina wings was to make, it absolutely blew us away! We loved it! A tad of sweetness, a tad bit of tanginess, and a good bit of heat. Of course, you can adjust the heat to your liking, which is why making your own chicken wing sauce is so much more fun than using a sauce out of a bottle.
fiery-catalina-wingsI cook a lot of wings using lots of different sauces, but there’s not doubt that fiery Catalina wings will be common in our house. Everything we need to make them is on-hand, so I can throw together the sauce in no time with no hassle. Perfect.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Fiery Catalina Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-8 servings
 
Ingredients
For the wings
  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons your favorite wing seasoning (I used my Fire Eater rub)
For the sauce
  • 10 ounces Catalina salad dressing
  • 5 ounce your favorite hot sauce (don't be afraid to add a bit more!)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the seasoning. Seal the bag, and toss gently to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours before cooking.
  5. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  6. When done, place wings in a large bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat.
For the sauce
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.

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