HONEY JACK DANIELS SMOKED WINGS
What goes better than wings and Whisky? Not a whole lot, except of course some home made Greek yogurt ranch.
Its best to let your chicken wings thaw ahead of time and then to season as you would like. I was short on time so I did season while they were still frozen, let thaw for a few hours in the fridge, seasoned again, and then cooked in the smoker. It thaws as it cooks, so you just adjust the cook time a little bit to accommodate if your wings are not fully thawed. In a perfect world let them thaw completely, BUT they will turn out JUST fine if you choose to smoke them while they are still a bit frozen. Just make sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure you are fully cooking them to an internal temp of 165 degrees.
First I seasoned the wings with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, creole, Cajun, cayenne, and garlic powder. I let them thaw in the fridge and did a second round of seasoning once they were more thawed out that I didn't record in the above video. Really massage and rub your seasonings into the chicken. There is a reason its called a dry rub and not a dry pat or dry sprinkle. RUB the chicken.
I chose to smoke the wings, but you can grill, bake, or throw them in the air fryer. First you thaw, then you season/rub. Then bake/grill/or smoke. The last hour of smoking I added the glaze and smoked for another hour. Total smoke time was 2.5 hours. I smoked them at 250 degrees in a Masterbuilt electric smoker adding apple woodchips every hour or so.
While the wings smoke for the first hour I prepared my glaze. For the glaze you can use any type of whisky you prefer or you could even use Hennessey. I also tried to make this a little bit healthier of a glaze so instead of using butter or soy sauce I used coconut oil and coconut aminos.
HONEY JACK DANIELS GLAZE
- 1 T Olive Oil
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Honey Jack Daniels (can use whisky of choice or Hennessy)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 T soy sauce (I used coconut aminos to make healthier)
- 2 t Tabasco sauce
- 1/2 t salt
- 4 T Butter (I used coconut oil to make healthier)
- 1 T tomato paste
- 1 T Dijon Mustard
- splash maple syrup
Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and then add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk together until dissolved. Heat to just below a boil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired thickness. This will also cook out the alcohol so they are safe to feed to your kids or non-drinkers. The sauce will thicken as it cools as well. Add the glaze while finishing your grilling, baking or smoking process for your wings. Once they are done cooking, toss the wings in the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with fresh jalapenos and cilantro for a fresh and colorful garnish.
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