SUPER BOWL XLI WINGS
This was on Steve Raichlen's site. Enjoy.
SUPER BOWL XLI (41) WINGS
With Thai Aioli
If grilling conditions are less than, well, super, on Super Bowl Sunday, these wings can be prepared on a contact grill or indoor built-in grill. They will take 4 to 6 minutes on the contact grill, provided the lid is down, and about 6 to 8 minutes per side on a built-in grill.
Method: Indirect grilling
Serves: 3 to 4 as an appetizer (makes 12)
- 12 whole chicken wings (about 2 pounds)
- 2 cups dark beer
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves and stems, chopped
- 2 tablespoons peeled, minced fresh ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sriracha (Thai hot sauce; see Note)
- 1 1/2 cups Thai Aioli (recipe follows)
- 1 1/2 cups wood chips or chunks (preferably hickory or oak), soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, then drained
2. Make the marinade: In a medium bowl, combine the beer, honey, cilantro, ginger, and garlic, and whisk to mix. Place the wings in a large nonreactive bowl or resealable plastic bag, and add the marinade. Let the wings marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours; the longer they marinate, the more pronounced the flavors will be.
3. Make the rub: Place the salt, pepper, garlic, salt, ginger, coriander, and cumin in a small bowl and whisk to mix.
4. Drain the wings in a colander and blot them dry with paper towels; discard the marinade. Place the wings in a mixing bowl. Toss with the olive oil to coat. Add the rub and toss to coat the wings evenly.
5. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips or chunks in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and run the grill on high until you see smoke; then reduce the heat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center, preheat the grill to medium, then toss all of the wood chips or chunks on the coals.
6. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grate. Place the wings in the center of the hot grate, over the drip pan and away from the heat, and cover the grill. Cook the wings, turning periodically, until the skin is golden brown and crisp, and the meat is cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. To test for done-ness, make a tiny cut in the thickest part of one of the larger wing halves. There should be no trace of red at the bone.
6. Transfer the wings to a clean shallow serving bowl. Pour the butter and sriracha over them and stir to mix. Serve at once with Thai Aioli and plenty of cold beer.
Makes: 1 1/2 cups
- 1 cup mayonnaise (preferably Hellmann’s)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons sriracha (Thai hot sauce; see Note), or more to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
- 3 scallions, white and green parts finely minced
Note: Sriracha is a sweet Thai hot sauce—think turbocharged ketchup, rather than tongue-blistering hot sauce. It’s named for a city on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard and is available at most Asian markets, or through ImportFood.com.