When preparing for a BBQ most hosts forget one really important thing…. appetizers! It seems that the appetizers were left during the winter holiday and failed to make it to summer. By the time the burgers, ribs, and chicken are being pulled off the grill your guests are hungry enough to eat a small horse. Don’t do that to them! Most guest will forgo eating several hours before arrival in hopes to not spoil all of your hard work. Do them a favor, have something ready for them when they arrive! Steamed oysters, candied grilled corn still on the cob, or wings! Give them a taste of something good to enjoy while they wait for the main course!
Poultry is my go-to for BBQ because I can prepare it a day, or two, in advance of the event to reduce my grilling time. This helps me get my friends and family fed before they want to strangle me with their plastic fork and paper plates. My wings (in the photo) are always a hit and I’ve never had a complaint. My kids prefer them with BBQ sauce, but my husband and I prefer straight hot sauce. We also prefer ours dry, but you can toss them in fresh sauce one more time before serving if you prefer them wet.
- Chicken Wings
- Frying Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Hot Sauce
- Additional Sauces (optional)
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Ranch Dressing (optional)
Prep your wings by washing and drying your raw wings and moving them to a cutting board. With a sharp chef’s knife, remove the wing tip and separate the drummet from the wingette. (Forgive me for not providing a photo for you. I recommend watching a quick YouTube video if you haven’t done this before.) Trash the wing tips or save them if you plan to make your own chicken stock later.
Heat oil in deep frying pan. Fry wings for three minutes, flip and fry for three more minutes.
Remove from oil and allow to drain on newspaper or paper towels. Salt & pepper.
Store your wings for your party in wax paper lined container. Use wax paper to separate wings before placing them atop of each other. This will prevent them from sticking together or tearing the skins.
About thirty minutes before your BBQ/party, remove your wings from the fridge and heat your grill (or oven). Marinate your wings in your favorite sauce(s). I like a little variety so we use three+ different sauces to make our wings (not mixed, keep them separate). Straight hot sauce, Teriyaki sauce, and BBQ Sauce are our favorite three varieties.
Grill for eight minutes, turning once (or until they reach your desired doneness.) Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
(Bake at 450 deg. for 15 minutes if baking – or broil for 5 on each side.)
One more note before I let you go. My family stopped eating meat (mostly) after watching Food Inc. We continued this trend when we noticed my husband’s health benefited from it too. The next time you are craving hot wings, consider picking up a pack of grass fed, free range, organic chicken wings instead. For the price you pay for frozen wings or restaurant prepared wings you can enjoy real chicken; free of all the things your body doesn’t need. ~ Enjoy, Victoria