The Meatwave: Barbecue & Grilling Recipes, Reviews, Tips, and Tricks

Tue Feb 2, 2016

Xi'an Chicken Wings

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Xi'an Wings

I'm closing out this month of wing recipes with what was easily the most talked about wings I've ever made—Xi'an-flavored chicken wings. This recipe came by way of Serious Eats and looked pretty unassuming, but as with so many Sichuan-style dishes, looks can be deceiving, and that was certainly the case here with lightly browned, crispy wings that had a minimally seasoned appearance, but delivered a mouth numbing heat like none other.

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Thu Jan 28, 2016

Sauced: Cackalacky Sweet Cheerwine Sauce

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Cackalacky Cheerwine Sweet Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Cackalacky Sweet Cheerwine Sauce
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Cost
$6.99 for 16oz at The Kansas City BBQ Store
Ingredients
Cheerwine Syrup, Water, Brown Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, Vinegar, Liquid Smoke Flavor, Spices, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate
Color
Rusty Orange
Meatwave Rating
710
out of 10
Pretty Damn Good
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A true North Carolina marriage, this sauce brings together beloved Cheerwine soda and Cackalacky Spice Sauce to create something wholly unique in the crowded field of barbecue sauces.

Tue Jan 26, 2016

Kanat (Turkish Chicken Wings)

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Kanat

For a man who loves wings, I'm grateful to have a base recipe that has given my consistently excellent results on the grill. Since finding that method—which involves coating the wings with baking powder and letting them air dry overnight to achieve crackling skin—my focus has been solely on variations in flavor, of which, the possibilities are endless. Even though each new recipe has had its own distinct end result, I feel a bit like a broken record, writing essentially about the same procedure post after post. That left me considering how I could possibly change things up a bit without sacrificing the quality my tried and true method affords. I found this in a Turkish take on wings—Kanat—that were worlds different in method and flavor, but just as incredibly awesome.

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Tue Jan 19, 2016

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

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Lemon Pepper Wings

I'm not a graceful eater and my love for wings brings along with it an inevitable amount of mess—no matter how hard I try, I'm always left with a beard embarrassingly stained with bright orange sauce. That has led me to veer toward "dry" wings when I find myself in situations that requires me to be self-conscious about my appearance. Of all the dry varieties of wings out there, it's usually a safe bet that lemon pepper will be good, making it my most commonly ordered wing if normal Buffalo is out of the question. The simple mixture of bright lemon and the light spicy bite of black pepper is a pretty fantastic one and definitely worthy of replication at home.

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Thu Jan 14, 2016

Sauced: Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

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Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce

Sauce Stats

Name
Extra Hot Alaskan Umami Sauce
Produced by
Cost
$13.95 for 16oz at Sweet & Spicy Sauces
Ingredients
Brown Sugar, Cayenne Pepper Sauce, Vinegar, Cayenne, Minced Garlic, Purse Sesame Oil, Unsulphered Molasses, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Pepper, and Sea Salt
Color
Dark Reddish-Brown
Meatwave Rating
610
out of 10
Above Average
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Spicy to a fault, the intense heat of this sauce quickly masks at lot of the other good flavors going on.