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.

New Chicken Wing Cookbook

Woo hoo! Just in time for the Super Bowl! I just wrapped up the total re-design of the Life’s A Tomato free eCookbook of chicken wing recipes. It’s packed with over 50 recipes for the Char-Broil Big Easy, grill, deep fryer or oven!

To download the new eCookbook, just click Our Free eCookbooks in the menu on the right.

Stubb’s Wicked Habanero Pepper Wings

Sometimes when you try a taste of a hot sauce or wing sauce you’re like “whoa, that’s hot!”. I was like that when I first tasted Stubb’s Wicked Habanero Pepper wing sauce. It had some mighty good kick, but mighty good flavor. On wings, though, it was absolutely fantastic. The heat wasn’t as hot, but that great flavored got even better. I absolutely loved this sauce.
stubbs-wicked-habanero-pepper-wingsI’ve tried other sauces (for other than wings) from Stubb’s and I’ve been really happy with them. And even though Stubb’s Wicked Habanero Pepper wing sauce says ‘wing sauce’ on the label, I’d argue that it’d be great on steaks too. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do next.

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.

Stubb's Wicked Habanero Pepper 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.

Cajun Honey Lime Wings

There’s wing sauce and there’s WING sauce. The Cajun honey lime sauce on these wings was so good that I’ll be using it on a lot more than ‘just’ wings. A little spice, a little sweet, and a little citrus, all in a thick but not gooey sauce that doesn’t just flow off your wings into the bottom of the basket. Finger-licking good, that’s for sure.
Cajun Honey Lime WingsI used a fairly tame and not overpowering BBQ sauce when I made these Cajun honey lime wings. The flavors could easily be drowned out by an overly sweet smokey BBQ sauce. Just grab your run-of-the-mill regular ole BBQ sauce. Nothing fancy.

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.

Cajun Honey Lime 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 Cajun seasoning
For the sauce
  • 1 cup your favorite thick BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon (or more, to taste) Sriracha
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the Cajun 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. When done, place wings in a large bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat.
For the sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients.

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Raspberry Chipotle Wings

Oh, goodness me! Raspberry chipotle wings are my newest food addiction. The sauce is just crazy good. Great berry flavor and a nice helping of heat. And a little bit of sweet to temper that kick just a bit. I used fresh local raspberries, but frozen would work just fine too.
Raspberry Chipotle WingsThe raspberry chipotle sauce would also be great on a grilled pork tenderloin, or just grilled chicken. I wouldn’t be afraid to add a bit more of the chipotle if you’re into heat like I am. Just make sure that when you strain the sauce you don’t let any seeds through.

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.

Raspberry Chipotle Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6 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 Buffalo seasoning (or Fire Eater rub)
For the sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon (or more, I ended up using 2 tablespoons) chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped, with some of the sauce added
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
For the wings
  1. Place wings into a large resealable bag.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the Buffalo 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. When done, place wings in a large bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat.
For the sauce
  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add all of the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue simmering until reduced by half, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Transfer sauce to a blender and puree until smooth.
  7. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing to remove the solids.
  8. If sauce is too thin return it to the saucepan over low heat while cooking the wings. Do not let the sauce burn, though.