Smoked Chicken Wing
As you know from our Fourth of July post, we started our celebration on Friday night by heading into town for the fireworks. That left us with the whole weekend to celebrate Rose-Style ... which almost always includes smoked wings and a tasty beverage. Just as I predicted last week, this weekend was filled with smoked meat on the grill (I wish I could predict other aspects of our future!) Matt has honestly perfected the art of smoking/grilling chicken wings - although I do not indulge, it is quite an event! Seriously - for all you wing lovers out there - this is a must try at home.
Grilling with coals can test a person's (or dog's) patience...
The key to a good smoked wing is to dehydrate the fat out of the skin. A good rub will do that but temperature is also important. You need to place them bone down on the grill and slow cook on lower heat to do that. This method is different from traditional grilled wings in that you do not flip them nor are you looking for grill marks on the skin. When the smoke has done it's work the skin will be a darker color and a smoke ring on the fall-off-the-bone, tender, juicy meat.
These wings are the standard. When you bite into these wings the skin pops because it is so crispy. Initially you taste the flavor of the smoke that has penetrated the skin. The meat is so tender and silky from the fat has dripped through and rendered out the bottom. The rub leaves a nice tingle on your lips for the finish. Keep your bloody close, you'll need it.
Matt's grandfather, Big Pa, always kept the vodka in the freezer for a go-to zinger when the occasion called for it. Turns out, he was on to something. That is where you can find our bottle when you come over :)
Spicy Bloody Mary
V8 Low Sodium Tomato Juice
Worcestershire Sauce (not pictured)
Slap Ya Mama
Bloody Marys are truly a trial and error process - and everyone who enjoys these beverages has their own preference. A self-serve bar is one of the best ways to serve these drinks so that everyone can customize to their liking and strength!
We prefer a 1:1 ratio of vodka and tomato juice with a couple dashes of Worcestershire, a good shake of slap ya mama, and some cracked pepper. Serve it with a celery stick for occasional munching-and-crunching. Enjoy!