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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Peach Apricot Chile Wings

I had been jonesin’ for these peach apricot chile wings from the moment I ran across the original recipe. Not because I’m a big fan of apricots, mind you, but because i knew that the combination of sweet peach and apricot would go perfectly with spicy chile sauce. Heck, I think the sauce even changed my mind about apricots!Peach Apricot Chile WingsI cooked these peach apricot chile wings on my Weber charcoal grill using the Vortex insert, which gives me that great crunchy skin and fantastic grilled flavor without a lot of effort. In fact, just about no effort whatsoever.

Usually I toss my wings with sauce after they are cooked, but this time I brushed some of the sauce onto the wings just before removing them from the grill. The sauce ‘set up’ a bit, making for the best sticky yummy wings you could imagine. I also served a bit extra of the sauce on the side for dipping.

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.

Peach Apricot Chile 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 Fire-Eater rub (or your favorite seasoning)
For the glaze and dipping sauce
  • 6 ounces peach preserves
  • 6 ounces apricot preserves
  • 1 cup Thai chili paste (such as Sambal Oelek)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
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 up to 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. Brush wings with sauce just before removing from the grill and serve with additional sauce for dipping.
For the sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

Buffalo Wings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Boy howdy, these Buffalo wings made on the Char-Broil Big Easy came out great! 30 minutes marinating, 30 or so minutes cooking and it’s time to devour some traditional-flavored wings. I used the Big Easy Cooking Rack, which lets you cook on up to 6 different levels, enough room for a family pack (around 4 pounds) of wings. You can also use the standard Big Easy basket along with the bunk bed basket, but you won’t be able to cook as many wings at once.
Buffalo Wings on the Char-Broil Big EasyI did ‘finish’ the wings on a grill to get a little char and crisp, but doing so is completely optional. These Buffalo wings are fantastic right off the Big Easy. If a little crunch is what you want do what I did and put them over high heat on a grill for a few minutes before serving.

I’ve had great fun cooking with the new rack. Check out my thoughts on it here. Make sure that you put the wings on in a way that you don’t overload one side of the rack or they might tip. Start in the center and work your way out, balancing the wings as you go.

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Buffalo Wings on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
You'll need the Char-Broil Big Easy Cooking Rack to be able to cook an entire 4 pounds of chicken at once.
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds chicken wings, separated
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Original hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the wings into a large resealable bag or container.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Let cool slightly. Pour all but 1/4 cup of the marinade onto the chicken. Save the 1/4 cup for finishing the wings later.
  5. Seal the chicken and toss to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  6. Fire up your Big Easy.
  7. Add chicken to the cook racks and lower into the cooker.
  8. Cook for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is done. Note that depending on conditions, chicken at the top of the rack may cook quicker or later than those on the bottom. Don't just check one piece for doneness.
  9. NOTE: At this point, you can if you wish, transfer the chicken to a hot grill to get a nice char and a little crunch on the wings. It's completely optional, though.
  10. Remove chicken and place into a large bowl.
  11. Add the reserved marinade and toss to coat.
  12. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Bourbon Street Wings

Bourbon Street sauce has quickly become the go-to sauce in our house. It’s a very easy sauce to make, using ingredients I always have on hand. I put it on a lot of dishes, like these outstanding Bourbon Street wings. The sauce has a hint of Bourbon, with a little sweetness, and a little heat. Everything you want in a sauce.
Bourbon Street WingsI made chicken wings in a variety of ways, from deep-fried, to cooked in my Char-Broil Big Easy, to grilled. I recently picked up a Vortex, an insert for your charcoal grill that really concentrates the heat, which makes it possible to make crispy, tasty wings on a grill. What a great invention!

I tossed a family pack (3 or 4 pounds) of wings with a little oil and our Fire-Eater rub and let them ‘get happy’ while I lit up the charcoal. Then the wings went onto the grill, while I made up a batch of Bourbon Street sauce. In less than an hour we were enjoying Bourbon Street wings, and moaning in delight over just how great they were.

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.

Bourbon Street Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 family pack (3-4 pounds) chicken wings, flats and drumettes (tips saved for making broth)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Fire-Eater rub (or your favorite seasoning)
  • 1-2 cups Bourbon Street sauce
Instructions
  1. Place wings in a resealable bag or container.
  2. Add oil and rub, seal, and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1-3 hours.
  3. 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.
  4. When wings are done, transfer to a large bowl. Add Bourbon Street sauce as desired and toss to coat.
  5. Serve with Ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.

Aji Amarillo Chicken Wings

Aji amarillo is an orange-colored pepper from Peru. I haven’t been able to find it in the US in pepper-form, but you can find a paste made from pureed aji peppers in some foreign food markets, or order it online from Amazon. Aji amarillo rates between 35,000 and 50,000 on the Scoville scale, meaning it’s about as hot as Tabasco sauce. It has a nice fruity flavor that reminds me a bit of habanero, but without the scorching heat. I encountered aji amarillo often in dishes throughout Peru when I lived there long, long ago.

Since I love chicken wings, I decided to cook up a batch and instead of saucing them with just a traditional Buffalo sauce, I made a variation that adds aji amarillo paste. The end result was just a bit spicy, with a fantastic fruity pepper flavor.

Aji Amarillo Chicken Wings These were fantastic wings, and definitely a nice twist on the usual. If you like your wings to be a bit spicier, just add more of the aji amarillo paste. Since it’s not overwhelmingly hot you don’t have to worry about a-little-goes-a-long-ways: you can add quite a bit and still get great flavor without burning the roof of your mouth.

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.

Aji Amarillo 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
  • Your favorite wing rub (I used our Fire-Eater rub)
For the sauce
  • 2 cups Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • 1 stick unsalted melted butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons (more or less, to taste) aji amarillo paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil and toss to coat.
  3. Add 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 and add sauce. Toss to coat and serve.
For the sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients.

Wicked Sticky Wings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Warning: The term ‘sticky’ is a tremendous understatement when it comes to describing these wings. Think sticky molasses, and then think stickier. Don’t spill the sauce (like someone I know might have done) or you will be cleaning counter tops and sinks and what-not for days. Trust me. Now, on to the wings…

These wings are crazy good. Wicked heat. Sticky sweet. I made them crispy style on my Char-Broil Big Easy, but you can make them anyway you like, from smoking them to deep frying them. It’s the sauce that shines here, and boy is it messy great.

Wicked Sticky Wings on the Char-Broil Big EasyI went simple with the dipping sauce for these wings. Just straight-out-of-the-bottle chilled Ranch dressing. Nothing fancy, just something to offset the kick of the sauce just a bit.

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Wicked Sticky Wings on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-4 servings
 
Ingredients
For the sauce
  • 1/3 cups Franks Hot Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
For the wings
  • 2 pounds (half of a family pack) fresh chicken wings
Instructions
For the sauce
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool COMPLETELY before using. Even better, cover and refrigerate overnight. This will help the sauce stay sticky and thick.
For the wings
  1. Separate the flats and drumettes, and discard the tips.
  2. 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.
  3. Place the wings in a bowl and drizzle with the sauce. Toss to coat. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Buffalo Wild Wings Honey BBQ Wings

I usually cook up chicken wings on my Char-Broil Big Easy (using the Wingin’ator 3000), or I deep-fry them. This time I decided to smoke my wings first, then deep fry them just long enough to get a nice crisp on the skin. Then I sauced them up with one of my favorites, Buffalo Wild Wing’s Honey BBQ sauce. For dunkin’, I made a big batch of my favorite ranch wing dipping sauce.

The Honey BBQ sauce has just a little kick to it. A nice kick. And a little sweetness. The smokey wings really worked well with the sauce. Almost like grilled BBQ chicken, but in a convenient hand-held size with an awesome dipping sauce.

Buffalo Wild Wings Honey BBQI stopped by our local Buffalo Wild Wings and picked up a few sauces so I’d always have my favorites on hand. They’re not only great on wings, but chicken nuggets. Yep, just heat them little chicken bites up and toss them with your favorite sauce and life is good. Real good.
Buffalo Wild Wings Sauces 2Anita wasn’t a big fan of how the smoked wings looked. Pink meat scares some folk (and her), but that pink isn’t from being undercooked. Nope, that’s just the nature smoke color. That’s why so many BBQ joints have a sign in them telling people to not freak out about pink meat.

The chicken was lightly smokey and really very tender and tasty. Most people expect ‘normal’ flavored wing meat. Try smoking your wings next time and check out the pleasant looks of surprise when your guests bite into them.
Smoked Chicken Wings
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.

Buffalo Wild Wings Honey BBQ Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-8
 
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