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Super Bowl Smoked Wings from Bradley Smokers

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Introduction: It's all about the flavor!  Smoked chicken wings add an incredibly rich flavor element to traditional wings.  But we warn YOU:  Once you try smoke flavored chicken wings, you will be spoiled forever. 


Spices:  To make spices stick, lightly coat the wings with olive oil just prior to adding spices.  For the first 30 minutes of smoking we suggest you not oil or add spices; you want smoke flavored chicken not flavored oil. An option that can add different flavor dimension and crispiness is once initial smoking is completed; oil the wings and coat them in sifted flower mixed with the dry spices (for a hint of Italian, consider adding a little fine grated ptarmigan  in the flour).  If flour is used to coat the wings they must be finished in an oven after smoking, see below methods.


Four different cooking methods (after the above initial smoking):


   Continue to smoke cook them until done which will take around 11/2  

   to 21/2 hours at a temperature between 195-225 degrees.  Then after 

   the first 30-60 minutes of smoking apply light oil and spices.  


   Oven cooking: After 30-60 minutes in the smoker apply oil and 

   spices,   and place on an oiled cooking pan or grate (with a catch pan)

   and into a 375 degree pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes or until 



BBQ grill indirectly after smoking with the grill on medium until done.
  Do NOT place directly over burners!


  Grill on a BBQ directly over heat source (set on low to medium) and

  watch closely.  Grilling cooks quickly but will impart a more typical

  grilled (burger/steak) flavor that may overcome the delicate smoked



Hot wing Sauce: Any commercial wing sauce or Mexican picante salsa sauce (no vegetables pieces) will serve as a good basic sauce to which you can then wing it by adding the below Bradley recipes.  Taste the basic sauce first to determine its heat level and flavor range.  With a picante, you may have to add some apple cider vinegar.


The following recipes are for 24-36 wings.  To one cup of the above basic sauce add your favorite of the following Bradley recipes and incorporate well.  Obviously, the butter must be melted before adding into the sauce mixture.  Then once the wings are finished mix them with the sauce mix of your choice or serve naked (the wings not you) with the sauce on the side.


Wild Wonderful Wings                                 

1/2stick butter                                                

1 tablespoon brown sugar                                                                 

1/2 teaspoon cumin                                                                    

1/4 cup tomato paste or sauce                                                                  

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce                  

2 tablespoons olive oil


Bradley Boomers(seriously hot)                                                                                 

Add 1-2 shots Jim Beam Whisky                                                                                  

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper                                                                                         

1/2 teaspoon black course pepper                                                                                  

1 teaspoon red pepper powder                                                                                      

1 teaspoon sweet pepper powder                                                                                   

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes                                                                                        

1/2 teaspoon cumin                                                                                                        

1/2teaspoon sugar                                                                                                          

6-12 tablespoons apple cider vinegar             

1/4 stick butter                                                                  


Sweet Heart Wings (so sweet)

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon of your favorite jam 

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 stick butter

1/8 cup of your favorite dark cola

1/8 part sugar


Zupper Bowl Zingers

1/2 stick butter

1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon fine chopped rosemary        

1/2 teaspoon basil, chopped fine               

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons honey


Jammin' Jamaicans (warm)

1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground ginger

1/2 stick butter                                           

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon brown sugar                                     


Bradley Celery Dip

4 parts blue cheese salad dressing*

2 part buttermilk

2 part plain yogurt

1/2 part crumbled blue cheese

1/8 part mayonnaise

1/8 part lemon juice 

Mix well and serve cool

Keep refrigerated


*Starting with salad dressing is cheating a bit but this for home use and ease of preparation not for commercial size batches.  This gives a reliable head start and the extra ingredients add a rich kick for a great wing and celery dip.


Hot sauce and wing dips.  As with the sauces, too hot may ruin it for everyone and the same applies for the below basic Bradley Smoker spice recipe.  You can always make it hotter individually.  If you don't have some of these ingredients, the key ones are the first seven in the list.


Obviously you can add or delete ingredients to taste.  If you add more, consider fine chopped or grated rosemary, green onion, cayenne pepper, hot red pepper, red pepper flakes, sweet pepper powder, etc. to taste.  


Homemade chicken wing basic dry spice mix:

1/2 part kosher salt

1/2 part paprika (sweet)

1/4 part granulated garlic

1/4 part thyme

1/4 part allspice

1/8 part course black pepper

1/8 part brown sugar

1/4 part fine red pepper

1/8 part onion powder

1/8 part white pepper

1/8 part lemon powder

1/8 part celery salt

1/8 part cumin

1/8 part parsley


Courtesy of Bradley Smokers


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