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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Smoked Wings of a Chicken

Good evening - What a wonderful summer it has been.  My first fathers day will always be one to remember.  That little girl is so amazing.  On top of that she and her mom are wonderful gift givers!  Welcome to the family Mr. Smoke Hollow...
Before I get started with the wings I wanted to share a link that shows just how simple it is to turn your gas grill into a smoker. 
If you are as lucky as I am to have a awesome wife and daughter then you may already have a smoker.  If not and you like smoked foods do yourself a favor and go buy one!  They make them for just about every budget. 
On to the main event!  The very first thing you need to do is get a beverage.  Don't skip this step because smoking foods can take a long time and we need to stay hydrated.  I grabbed a beer this particular day because well I like beer.  Gather some chicken wings and give them a quick rinse.  After the shower I put them between some paper towels to dry them a bit.  The next step is key.  Poke holes in the wings.  I use a kabob stick but a fork should work too.  The holes will allow your seasoning and smoke to penetrate the skin!
Next we season.  We used a jerk rub this time and I have to say that they have been my favorite so far.  Toss the wings in a large zip lock bag and add whatever rub you like and shake baby shake.  Throw them in the fridge so you can get the smoker ready.  I soak my wood chips for an hour or so then add them to the smoker and start the fire.  I usually smoke with hickory but use what you want.  Once we hit 220 or so add them to the smoker and grab another beverage.  Here is a look before they enter the smoker. 

Two hours later when we open the door what should we see??

Here is a close up of what I am looking for!

One could stop here and start slamming some wings but I like to blast them on a hot grill for a few mins to finish them off!

That's it.  Quick recap:  Chicken wings rinsed, poked, rubbed, smoked then grilled!  I know it sounds like a lot for wings but give it a try I promise they will be some of the best you have ever had.  If not, you messed something up! :)  Serve with blue cheese and celery or whatever you like... 

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