Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the Vortex

This. Right. Here. Absolutely divine ‘fried’ chicken, hot off my charcoal grill. Yes, grill. Before I got a Vortex, I had no idea that not only could I make fried chicken on a grill, I could make it with almost no effort at all. No deep fryer, no mess.This spicy buttermilk fried chicken is beyond tender and juicy. It has a wonderful spicy kick to it, but it’s not overwhelming. And the skin? Oh, crunchy and delicious. Perfection without the oil.
Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the VortexThere’s absolutely nothing I would change about this recipe for spicy buttermilk fried chicken. I enjoyed every single bite immensely. I think it’s the perfect fried chicken, and considering that I made it on my grill without deep frying it, I just could not possibly be happier with it.

To make sure the skin crisps up good and that the chicken pieces cook evenly, do not over-crowd them on your grill. Also, I do not flip my chicken as it cooks. I put it on, close the lid, and don’t mess with the chicken for 45 minutes. Just let it do it’s thing.

I also make a crazy good spicy BBQ chicken using the Vortex.

Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Note: To cook 10-12 pieces of chicken at once you'll need at least a 22" charcoal grill
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 -12 pieces


For the buttermilk marinade

  • 2 quarts buttermilk
  • 1 large onion sliced thin
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 10-12 chicken pieces

For the seasoning mix

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

For the chicken coating

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 of the seasoning mix from above

For the egg wash

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For cooking

  • Vegetable oil


  • Combine the buttermilk marinade ingredients (except for the chicken) in a large resealable container.
  • Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
  • Combine all of the seasoning mix ingredients. Divide into two equally-sized batches.
  • Fire up your charcoal grill with the Vortex in the center. Make sure the lid and bottom air vents are open.
  • Whisk together the coating ingredients and place into a large resealable bag.
  • Whisk together the egg wash ingredients and place into a pie pan or large bowl.
  • Working in batches, remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off the excess.
  • Sprinkle with one half of the seasoning mix.
  • Transfer to the egg wash and coat well.
  • Shake off the excess and add to the baggie. Seal and shake to coat.
  • Arrange chicken around the edges of your grill (once the coals are hot and ashed over). Cover and cook for 45 minutes, rotating the lid every 15 minutes.
  • The last 5 minutes of cooking lightly brush the tops of the chicken with the oil to help crisp the skin even more.
  • Once chicken is done (165 F as measured in several places), remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Five-Alarm Buffalo Wings

I love savory chicken wings. I love sweet chicken wings. And I love wings that are a bit spicy. For me that usually means not super spicy. Well, I made an exception to that rule with these Five-Alarm Buffalo wings. I’m not sure what possessed me to do it, but I woke up one morning and decided I was going to make the hottest wings I could stand so I did. And you know what? I was totally surprised by just how much I loved them!
Five-Alarm Buffalo WingsIf you want to tame back the heat on these five-alarm Buffalo wings just cut back on the habanero hot sauce. I went full-bore. Yeah, they were spicy and my eyes may have watered a bit but they were TASTY! Usually my argument against things super hot is that the spiciness hides the flavors. Not so on these wings. I’d make them again. And I’d have plenty of Ranch dressing around for dipping…

Also try my kicked-up Fire-Eater Habanero wings. For a little mellower but still crazy-good wing, try my Buffalo Supreme 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. Also check out my always-growing list of my favorite store-bought wing sauces.

Five-Alarm Buffalo Wings

Note: I like my Buffalo wings saucy, you might end up with leftover sauce. That's not a bad thing.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Mike


  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Five-Alarm Buffalo sauce

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo wing hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup habanero hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


For the sauce

  • Combine ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat. Keep warm until ready to use.

Cracked Pepper N’ Garlic Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

I love making jerky on my Nesco Snackmaster Pro. I’ve been using ground top round for my ground beef jerky, but any lean ground meat will work. I tend to prefer jerky with a lot of flavor. I’m not really into mellow jerky. Which is why I enjoyed the heck out of this Cracked Pepper N’ Garlic jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro made using a seasoning  from Hi Mountain that I picked up at our nearby Cabela’s.

The jerky is definitely peppery (I used more seasoning than the package calls for because hey, like I said, I like my jerky to be packed with flavor!) with a nice hint of garlic that isn’t overwhelming. It’s a really, really tasty jerky that you’ll enjoy more than you may want (so make a double batch!).
cracked-pepper-n-garlic-ground-beef-jerky-on-the-nesco-snackmaster-proI grind my meat using my own grinder, but if you’re friends with your butcher (and you should be), you can get him to trim and grind it for you. Or if you prefer sliced jerky, your butcher can do that for you too. That’s why they’re there. Getting to know your butcher is a really good idea. Take the time to say ‘hi’ even if you don’t need anything the next time you see them.

Also try my Hi Mountain pepperoni and sweet and spicy jerky.

Cracked Pepper N' Garlic Ground Beef Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro

Course Dehydrator
Cuisine Jerky
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 14 hours
Servings 1 /2 pound
Author Mike



  • NOTE: I personally feel that the flavor is too mellow when mixing per the package instructions, 2 1/2 teaspoons per pound. I use a heaping tablespoon. You may want to first make a pound per the package instructions and see if you want a stronger flavor.
  • Place beef in a resealable bag or container.
  • Place meat, seasoning, curing salt and water into a mixer and mix for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer meat to a resealable container or bag and refrigerate for up to 8 hours, massaging every hour or so to get the marinade distributed and absorbed evenly.
  • Remove meat from the marinade. Add to a jerky gun and squeeze out onto Nesco trays.
  • Add the dehydrator top, set to maximum temperature setting and dehydrate for 5 hours, rotating the trays (bottom to top) every 2 hours or so.
  • To test for doneness remove a piece and let cool slightly. Try to bend the meat. If it gives and starts to tear at the bend it is done. If it bends without tearing return to the dehydrator and let it run another 15 minutes and test again. If the meat is crunchy it is overdone but still good. It's really personal preference as to how you like your jerky. Soft, chewy, crunchy. There's no wrong here.
  • Let cool before storing in an airtight container.