Tailgatin’ with Hot Wings….At Home…
The World Series is over and football is in the fore-front and this week, believe it or not is College Basketball!
But we are not going to talk sports today…but we are going to talk Dry Rub Hot Wings.
And of course it is Fall, so turning on the oven can be a good thing to take the chill out of the kitchen….and these wings make your kitchen smell good too.
Really, you can have tailgatin’ food without a ball game….and it can be fun and tasty.
The following recipe is one I made for the last game of the World Series and they tasted sooooo good and they are easy to prepare. And they are not one bit messy or dripping with hot sauce, because they are a dry rubbed wing….which also means no piles of napkins!
Wings are very cheap at your supermarket and because it takes a little while to munch and crunch on one….I don’t think you eat as much because all of a sudden you are full. It fools your tummy into thinking you are needing no more.
Do you buy that theory?
Well, I do.
This dry rub recipe calls for about 45 minutes in your oven. I generously rubbed the wings with the rub and let them sit for about 5-10 minutes before popping in the oven.
I lined a baking sheet with foil and lightly sprayed it with baking spray….
and baked the wings in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, turned them over and baked them for about 15 minutes more.
Now, I prefer my wings a bit charred….so I left them a little longer than most people might. The brown sugar tends to char but that is the way I like them. But it is your preference.
I served the sauce on the side to be used at one’s discretion. With this particular dry rub…I preferred to leave off the sauce, but I had it at the ready just in case. Any sauce will do…even a blue cheese or ranch dressing.
I found these cute little “cones with a holder for sauce on the side” on line a few years back and they make a pretty presentation.
OK…you noticed it, didn’t you? You noticed in the pic that the little baseball man is actually a Chicago Cub and I am definitely a tried and true Kansas City Royal Fan. 😉
There is a story behind this little rotund baseball man nut holder. About 20 years ago, I bought this baseball figure from an Avon salesperson and she assured me the whole league would be available to purchase. I bought the first one and there were never anymore. So I am stuck with a Chicago Cub nut holder. 😉 You just tip back his belly and there is a little bowl to use for nuts or mints. Do any of you remember these Avon pieces? I just realized that I have not seen a door to door Avon lady in a long, long time. Hmmmmmmm!
Back to the black spiral cone. I take a piece of parchment paper and roll on the diagonal and drop it in the cone. You can also use the colorful checkered squares of food wraps. The cones are great for for shrimp, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, onion rings and just about any appetizer! Remember, you eat first with your eyes and if it looks good….chances are it is good. I used Kale for garnish….keepin’ it healthy!! 😉
As you can see, this is a very quick meal. If you prefer, you can toss the wings in a hot sauce before serving…sometimes I don’t want to drench my wings with drippy sauce…I like doing the “dip” as I go thing.
But that is just me.
Have a great Tuesday my dear readers….and make up some hot wings.
You know you want to…and these are so easy.
The handy dandy printable is below.
- about 10 chicken wings with tips removed and drummies separated
- baking spray or olive oil
- 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (more for hotter wings)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (table salt makes the rub too salty)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- Pat the wing pieces dry with a paper towel
- Spray the wings with cooking spray on each side before placing on baking sheet lined with foil or you can coat with olive oil
- Mix all the spice ingredients together (I used a food processor because I wanted a fine consistent grind, but you can certainly use a spoon or whisk).
- Rub each wing with the spice rub and place on foil (this can get a bit messy but the end result makes up for it)
- Pop into preheated 400 degree oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes
- Remove from oven and turn each wing over and pop back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
- If desired, to add crispness...turn on the broiler for about 50 minutes.
- Cooking Time will vary so watch the wings carefully. I like mine with a little char....more flavor that way.