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Chipper
11-17-2008, 08:37 AM
I was at the KCBS judging class and the moderator mentioned that cooks are turning in wings and doing well. I tried some, but didn't box them. A simple rub, a little apple wood, and three hours at 225-250.
They went over well.
Does anyone really turn-in wings?

The Pickled Pig
11-17-2008, 09:24 AM
Those look great. I hear of wings being turned in on occassion but haven't seen a trend in doing so yet.

Arlin_MacRae
11-17-2008, 09:28 AM
Those look great, Chipper!

I'm going to move this over to the competition side of the house.

Arlin

Black Cat BBQ
11-17-2008, 09:44 AM
Wings? Really. WOW.

they look great!

Jacked UP BBQ
11-17-2008, 09:44 AM
I really want to try wings at a comp. The best chicken I ever had was when I smoked jumbo wings. I should try them, but judges seem on a regular to look and stay in the box. This might be a little too CRAZY for them.

ModelMaker
11-17-2008, 01:25 PM
Plain smoked wings with my own rub.
1st contest - 8th place chicken.

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Podge
11-17-2008, 01:36 PM
I really wish a guy can turn in wings and not be afraid of being judged in a biased manner.

I got some good wings i'd like to turn in !!!..

Big George's BBQ
11-17-2008, 02:10 PM
Go for it. I believe most use thighs because it is easier to keep them juicy and not dry

Bride of Roo(BQ'n)
11-17-2008, 02:42 PM
Depending on the region were in, we will turn in wings. In Iowa they have placed as high as third (first comp ever) and in Kansas 2nd place...but the closer you get to KC the less tolerant of anything but thighs they become

SaucyWench
11-17-2008, 03:35 PM
DH got some wings at a contest this summer, he was fine with it, though they weren't as big & meaty looking as those in these pics. But he noticed other judges at his table being leery.

Maybe if more people entered them, they'd become more accepted.

71-South
11-17-2008, 04:24 PM
Does anyone turn in drum sticks? Just wondering.

lunchlady
11-17-2008, 04:44 PM
Those look great! I'd eat 'em up... and probably score them very well too, depending on taste/texture... you know the drill.

we've turned in wings and done really well (first place), but we've also done really crappy(DAL). you just never know. as much as you hear how judges are bored with thighs, they don't seem to want to score anything else very high on a consistent basis.
I say try 'em... see how they fare.

I think some on here do drums... and do well with them if I remember right.

liluau joe
11-17-2008, 05:25 PM
does anyone ever turn breasts? I cook lots of chicken during summer months, maybe 1000 lbs. my breasts are very moist and tasty. just think if it was good it might stand out.

MilitantSquatter
11-17-2008, 06:20 PM
Does anyone turn in drum sticks? Just wondering.


I used to turn in drumsticks exclusively.. It was always hit or miss.. Either at the top or at the bottom (especially when Sled drops them)... very rarely were they in the middle.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
11-17-2008, 06:55 PM
does anyone ever turn breasts? I cook lots of chicken during summer months, maybe 1000 lbs. my breasts are very moist and tasty. just think if it was good it might stand out.


we did last year, lots of flavor, tender, moist. we pulled them and they didnt do really well.

71-South
11-17-2008, 07:15 PM
Thighs just look like too much work to me. I may start cooking drumsticks at home to see how good I can get them.

Gowan
11-17-2008, 09:18 PM
I've seen wings, drumsticks, sliced breast and pulled chicken in turn-in boxes. Any can win, but I think most cooks go for the thighs because they are consistent from bird to bird and most forgiving to cook.

I love a good wing though, and as a judge would be very happy to see some nice plump drumettes in a box.

barbefunkoramaque
11-17-2008, 10:12 PM
that first set of wings looked tasty and crispy

Sarge
11-24-2008, 08:56 PM
I really wish a guy can turn in wings and not be afraid of being judged in a biased manner.

I agree. We turned in some wings a few years ago. They looked good and tasted great, but the judges did not like them. We have also tried chicken halves and thighs. Thighs always seem to do best...

Mike

BlueHwyBBQ
11-25-2008, 12:07 AM
I believe that wings took 1st place at Mays Landing, NJ this year ( 5/08 ). He was handing them out Friday night to the other cooks and they were really good. He cooked them hot and fast.

lunchlady
11-25-2008, 11:48 AM
ok.. y'all made me do it.
I wanted to keep these hidden forEVER, but decided not to in the spirit of the learning curve...

In 2006 we decided to buck the norm and see what would happen. We started doing wings for the chicken category just to be rebels... everyone heard it, and still does, all winter long ...'thighs are boring'... 'wish we had something other than thighs'... 'wish someone would try something new'...
we knew they would either be the WOW factor or the What the h*ell are they thinkin?!?! factor. :shock: we also knew we had to go with them for a while (more than one or two competitions) for the experiment to work. We did them almost exclusively for a year.

well, in some places it worked, and in some it didn't.

Now, those are some damn yummy wings right there.
But are they BBQ chicken?
Personally, I'm not so sure.
Cooked with charcoal and well-rounded BBQ flavor/taste profile... yep they were.
So juicy they drip down yer chin... yep they were.
So tender they just about melted in yer mouth... yep that too.
...I realize (DUH) the Panko may have been a bad idea but we were trying for over the top.

the first pic was our FIRST DAL chicken - Best Of The Best, Douglas, GA '06. :cry:(they took 7th the next day, WAY more teams - same exact wings)

the second pic is FIRST PLACE chicken - Oinktoberfest, NY '06 :biggrin:

lastly... practice chicken at home, but this is very close to what our '07 Jack chicken looked like. Another DAL , by the way. :cry:

So... that is my long-winded story... For what it's worth.

Turn in what you want, but firstly, make sure you don't get DQ'd for 'over the top', and make sure it all tastes good.... I say go for it.

p.s. I'm a terrible photographer.

Fat Angel
11-25-2008, 01:13 PM
[quote=lunchlady;788586]ok.. y'all made me do it.
Ithe first pic was our FIRST DAL chicken - Best Of The Best, Douglas, GA '06. :cry:(they took 7th the next day, WAY more teams - same exact wings)


We turned in thighs at this years Douglas BOTB and came in DAL as well, looks like we have something in common. The next day it was our top category. Maybe we should have done wings?

I like the idea of doing wings but i think i will stick to working on my thighs before i start changing stuff.

I know one other team that turns wings in a lot, and they consistently do well, other than that, i have heard the same comments above.

Lost Nation did Drumsticks a few times and had the same results as Vinny. top 10, or bottom 10.

Michelle, Thanks for sharing your experiences with the wings.

Nature Boy
11-25-2008, 02:32 PM
I really wish a guy can turn in wings and not be afraid of being judged in a biased manner.

I got some good wings i'd like to turn in !!!..


Hey Podge. I feel the same way. We went to wings and either won or lost with them. I still feel like it's the best eating from the whole bird, but it seemed to freak some judges out. We are now avoiding using them in comps, but very reluctantly.
Chris

ique
11-25-2008, 03:19 PM
ok.. y'all made me do it.
I wanted to keep these hidden forEVER, but decided not to in the spirit of the learning curve...

Those look great... but yeah the panko may be risky. I have a Pork recipe like that that is either big hit or big miss.