I'm having trouble with the skin on the wings getting tough when I'm smoking them. I like to hit 'em with some heavy smoke, and am finishing them in just over 90 minutes. I've tried a couple strategies to include mopping with a butter/rub marinade during the process (which helped), and brining them. Still a bit tougher than I'd like. I'd appreciate any advice as I'm trying to make chicken wings a cornerstone of my diet. Thank heavens their good for you, right?:becky:
07-06-2011 01:35 PM
air dry em in the fridge for a couple hours.
brush em with some melted butter, and onto the cooker, indirect, @ 350*, could be higher if you'd like em faster.
this does it for me everytime.
07-06-2011 01:49 PM
Grill them on higher temperatures at 350-400 degrees.
That will get the skin where you want it.
07-06-2011 01:53 PM
Indirect @ 400°F gets them nice and somewhat crisp for me.
i get wings that are cut into flats and drums. Toss in oil and rub, cook at 350 or so, and it works every time.
07-06-2011 02:14 PM
I usually do a wet rub, where I'll mix whatever rub I want with some canola oil, into a very thin paste and make sure the entire surface of the wing is coated. Higher heat and it comes out great.
07-06-2011 03:09 PM
The way I do wings is: Cut wing tip off, throw all wings in largest bowl I have pour on regular olive oil, dump on large amount of rub (I prefer weber's kickin' chicken for wings), toss for a few minutes until oil and rub evenly coats everything smoke on smoker @ 300*F give or take, until the appropriate color/done-ness. I've had this take anywhere from 90-240mins depending on the temp of the wings.
Maybe I'm not as picky about my skin, but I've never had the skin turn out unsatisfactory, at least as far as my family is concerned, and it never comes off all in one floppy/rubbery/chewy piece.
07-06-2011 04:53 PM
finish wings by deep frying at 360 for about 4 min perfect
07-06-2011 06:38 PM
I'd fry them if possible...but 4 minutes on an already cooked wing is a long time.
07-06-2011 07:27 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the great advice. The brethren come through again. I can't wait to try it this weekend. I'm thinking I'll finish them in a fryer next and see how that works. Great ideas, all.