Marquette, MI – July 30, 2019 – I had learned yesterday was “National Chicken Wing Day” fairly early on in the day. I am generally not one to celebrate these “National (insert here)” days, but I couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to celebrate one of my favorite foods.
So my girlfriend picked up a package of whole chicken wings yesterday, which is my personal preference compared to already marinated out of a meat case or frozen, and cut them down into drums and flats. After getting them all cut (which was a chore), I put them into a large mixing bowl and applied some Famous Dave’s rub to them.
I decided to use my Weber Kettle grill instead of my offset smoker for convenience. I set up for indirect
heat (all coals on one side of the grill, chicken on the grate above no coals), added a couple of applewood chunks (need some smoke), and smoked the wings at around 300 degrees for a little over an hour and a half. We made our own sauce – Franks Red Hot, butter, and a little red wine, tossed those bad boys, and then had it with some potato salad and watermelon.
They were incredible! The applewood smoke provided a nice sweet smoke flavor, and the buffalo sauce was fantastic. Of course had to dip it in some ranch too. A perfect way to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day!