Recipe: Gameday Grub - Memphis Dry-Rubbed Wings
Bush's Gameday Grub: Memphis Dry-Rubbed Wings
Last weekend I hosted a driveway tailgate party for our church youth
group and our pastors. The party was sponsored by Bush Brothers, and we
had a wonderful time of fun, food, and fellowship while we cheered on our
hometown Boise State Broncos.
The weather was absolutely perfect for our cookout. It was calm and
sunny with temperatures in the high 60's. We live relatively close to the
stadium and in the flight path to Mountain Home Air Force Base just down
the freeway, so we were able to see the four Air Force F-15's fly over as
they completed their pre-game fly-by. Being an Air Force vet, it always
stirs me to hear that thundering sound of freedom overhead.
It was great to be outside on such a beautiful day cooking and enjoying
time with dear friends. The kids were all over the place (naturally) playing,
climbing our tree, and tossing the football in the street. Of course I was
manning the smoker and grill.
Here I'll share the first of two recipes that I created for the event. These
Memphis dry-rubbed wings are great alongside a heapin' helping of Bush's
Country Style Baked Beans. The rub gives these wings a perfect balance of
salt and sweet, with just a bit of spicy goodness that works very well with
the brown sugar in the beans.
10 lbs Chicken wing sections, defrosted
1 3/4 cups Memphis dry rub (recipe follows)
3 cans Bush's Country Style Baked Beans
Canola oil spray
Memphis Dry Rub
1 cup Sea salt, medium fine (no table salt, please)
1/2 cup Unrefined evaporated cane sugar (no table sugar, please)
1/2 cup Brown sugar, golden/light
2 Tbs Sweet Hungarian paprika
2 Tbs Chili powder, medium heat
2 Tbs Granulated onion (not onion "powder")
2 Tbs Dry mustard
1 Tbs Granulated garlic (not garlic "powder")
2 tsp Dry thyme
2 tsp Dry oregano
2 tsp Black pepper, ground fresh
2 tsp Celery salt
2 tsp Ground ginger
1 tsp Ground coriander
1 tsp Ground cayenne (optional)
Combine all of the rub ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well with a
hand mixer or stand mixer.
Divide the wings into three equal batches in gallon zip-top bags. Add 1/3
cup of the rub to each bag, seal and shake to coat the wings evenly.
Refrigerate the bags of wings in a lipped sheet pan for at least two hours,
Start your grill or smoker and prepare for indirect cooking at 250-275º.
Oil your cooking grates well with canola oil spray.
Add two small chunks of fruit wood (apple or cherry) to the fire about 10
minutes before you're ready to cook. Wood chips soaked for 30-60 minutes
will work well, too. If you're using a gas grill, make a smoker pouch.
Drain the liquid from the bags of wings. Add two tablespoons of rub to
each bag, seal and shake to coat the wings evenly.
Cook the wings indirect one hour (I used my Ugly Drum Smoker).
Flip the wings over, spray them with a light coat of canola oil, dust them
very lightly with rub, and cook indirect one hour more.
Just before the wings are ready, heat the beans in an large pot.
Serve and enjoy!
Check back later this week for my second gameday recipe. It'll take grilled
brats to a whole new level.
Disclaimer: This cookout is in partnership with, and sponsored by, Bush
Brothers & Company.
Great pics and recipe, John! It looks like a great family and friends gathering. :thumb:
Those wings look great
Sound like everyone had a good time a as well as good food
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Good looking chix John!! Looks like a great time (and some good food) was had by all.
Is everything blue in the land of the Broncos!? Turf, canopies, chairs, coolers...the list it seems is endless! :becky:
But seriously, that's my competition canopy and cooler that I had when I
almost hated BSU, and Bush's sent me the chairs. :thumb: :wink:
Thanks John - as usual the recipe is well conceived and looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. Any problem with me passing this recipe along at the Green Leaf shop?
This is good to know. I thought you always had to grill wings so they wouldn't get rubbery skin.
As always, nice work!! I will put a link to it on my facebook, (Not that, that will do anything for ya..lol)
As for the Bush's beans, their grillin beans are little rockstars in a can!
Going to try this recipe on the 4th of July. I've only been thinking about it for a year. :mrgreen:
Hi - I made these wings this weekend. They turned out quite good.
My only question - and I ask this from a standpoint of trying to learn about the fine art of rubs & smoking - is that these wings came out pretty salty, in my view. I followed the recipe above to the script so I'm not sure what I might have done wrong (if anything), I guess I'm just wondering if that's the way they are Memphis-style?
I looked back at the rubs I used for ribs and pork shoulder and both seemed to contain a lot less salt as a % of the overall rub than this recipe. If that's the way the style is that's great I'm just wondering being relatively new to this and this being my first run with smoking chicken.
Thanks for sharing this recipe the wings were a hit!
I thought they were salty too. I ended up giving them away to my B.I.L. He liked them. Maybe I put too much of the rub on the wings. I would use less salt.
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