Football fans, we’ve found the ideal weekend wings
It’s the perfect time to make homemade Spicy Buffalo BBQ Chicken Wings, and it’s not that hard. The trick is in the brine, and I’ll show you two ways: one that requires 24 hours, and another, which takes three.
If you didn’t know, brines help infuse more flavor in the chicken. For the 24-hour version, soak your chicken wings (while in the refrigerator) in: 1 cup buttermilk, two sprigs of fresh thyme, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for 24 hours.
Other fun options to try are dry, mustardbased — they are known to tenderize the meat and make it juicy. For this type of brine, you should soak the meat for at least two days, but three is ideal. See side bar for more details. Spicy Buffalo BBQ Chicken Wings 4 pounds chicken wings (about 20 pieces and this method works with chicken pieces*) 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (to add into the bbq sauce)
1 dollop Frank’s Hot sauce (to add into the bbq sauce)
Blue Cheese Dressing
Preheat the broiler with the oven rack placed in the center (6 to 8 inches) away from the heat.
On a broiler rack, lay the chicken out and generously brush it with barbecue sauce. Place the chicken in the oven and broil for approximately 25 minutes or until the meat is opaque and the skin is slightly crispy. During the broiling process, turn the chicken with a pair of tongs roughly every eight minutes. Make sure to add another generous coating of barbecue sauce every time.
Carefully remove the chicken and place it on a large platter with individual ramekins of Blue Cheese dressing for dipping. Enjoy! *For bigger pieces of chicken to ensure they are done cooking, insert a thermometer near the bone and it should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
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