Big Game Appetizers

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The Big Game is this Sunday, and I want to make sure that you are all prepared for your party.  The Big Game is a great time to get together and party.  In order to keep your party lively, appetizers and finger foods are the best way to go for game day food.  That way you can keep it light.  You don’t want your guests falling asleep during half time. Besides a nice selection of Ice Cold Beer, you should consider serving some of my favorite Appetizers. These recipes are tested and guaranteed to keep your guests happy and full.

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Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked Chicken Wings

As you all know, I love to barbecue.  Smoking meats is a passion of mine.  One of my favorite things to smoke, is chicken wings.  The smokey flavor, crispy skin and tender meat, is a perfect combination.  Once cooked, toss the wings in your favorite sauce and enjoy!  These are definitely a must try meal.

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Spicy Barbecue Buffalo Wings

Spicy Barbecue Wings

I love chicken wings! I love them so much that I purchase wings in bulk.  You can never have too many wings.  In my opinion the best way to cook a wing is over an open flame on the grill.  That way you get crispy skin and that smokey caramelized flavor that you can not get with any other form of cooking.  I always get asked how to make a spicy barbecued wing.  Well this is the simplest way to do it.  This recipe is a simple way to make any of your favorite barbecue sauces shine as a wing sauce.

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Grilled Hot Wings

Grilled Hot Wings

It is officially football season!  There is no better football snack than Hot Wings.  I have been on a little hot wing kick lately.  I have been eating them at least once a week. Although your average hot wings are delicious, they are not the healthiest thing around.  So, I decided to put away the deep fryer and heat up the grill. Grilled wings are just as tasty and if you grill them over high heat, the skin will get nice and crispy.  By grilling the wings you get all of the flavor and texture, without all of the fat.

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Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

The other week the fine people over at RedEnvelope.com contacted me and offered me a chicken drumstick grilling rack to try.  (Update – It is noted that RedEnvelope does not carry the drumstick grilling rack anymore, but it can be purchased from Amazon for around $15) I was only too happy to oblige as I … Read moreSmoked Chicken Drumsticks

Peach Hot Wings

Peach Hot wings

Last week I made Chipotle Peach Chicken. It was awesome and as soon as I tasted the barbecue sauce I realized that it would be an amazing hot wing sauce. So I fine tuned it and made some wings. I must admit that it was awesome. The wings have a little heat on the front end, a sweet note and then the spice hits you on the back end (yeah I said back end). Totally awesome. Since the main part of the heat is on the back end, you can eat a couple and let the spice build. Basically the perfect hot wing.

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Football Food – Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Yesterday I had friends over to watch College Football.  We were hungry and I didn’t have much in the house.  However, I had some frozen wings, some wingsauce and 1 hour to make a pizza dough.  So I made Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  Super simple and so darn tasty.

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Best Buffalo Wings in DC

I love buffalo wings. As can be seen from the Wingtacular, Best Buffalo Sauce and the red stain on my shirt. So I have decided to list the best buffalo wings in the DC area. This list is not totally complete as I haven’t had every single hot wing from every single restaurant, but it is rather thorough. Feel free to chime in with your favorites. If I haven’t been there I will look it up and try them out.  They might cause the list to change up.

Hot Wings
Hot Wings

Requirements for a great hotwing:

  • Nice juicy wing
  • The wing has to have meat, some places serve the tiniest wings that literally have no meat on them.  (They are not on this list, you know who you are).
  • The wing sauce has to be spicy, but flavorful.  Some sauces are hot, but there is no flavor to the wing.  All you get is spice.  On the other hand there are places that have smokey and sweet sauces but absolutely no spice.  There has to be delicate balance.
  • The wings have to be affordable.  I don’t want to pay $20 for 10 wings.  That is absurd.  Chicken wings are cheap to purchase and unless the sauce has gold dust in it, I am not paying that much for a wing.

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Championship Hot Wing Sauce

On Saturday I won the Wingtacular Hot Wing Competition with this recipe.  It starts sweet and ends with heat.  It also has that awesome hot wing color that many look for.  I am lacking pictures of me making the sauce as, ok no excuses, I forgot to take pics.  I have plenty of pics of the final product though.

Award winning hot wings
Award winning hot wings

I started my sauce by making my own hot sauce.  I made a variation of the hot sauce recipe from my previous post on homemade hot sauce.  Instead of using the green peppers I used 15 fresh red hot peppers, 1 fresh habenero, 30 dried Arbol Chili Pods, 8 dried California Chili Pods, 4 dried Ancho Chili Pods, 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes and 2 tsp of cayenne pepper.

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And the winner of the 2nd annual Wingtacular is…

First I would like to thank all of the contestants and judges for this years wingtacular.  We had a great turn out.  Due to the rain I thought it would be a bust but everyone came out in force.  I would also like to thank my parents for sending me a deep fryer.  We could not have cooked all 40lbs of chicken without it.

The wings were awesome...
The wings were awesome...

For this years wingtacular we had a turkey fryer working hard for 3 hours straight to cook the 40lbs of hot wings.  We did 3 qualifying rounds. During each round each competitor was given wings and they had to sauce them and prepare plates for the judges and the popular vote. 

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2nd Annual Wingtacular – Washington, DC

It is that time of the year again.  The second annual wingtacular! Saturday May 16th 23rd .  Last year we had 15 competitors making their own hot wing sauces.  Below is the picture of last years top three. As you can see first place was the coveted wingtacular cup, yes it holds a beer. Second place was … Read more2nd Annual Wingtacular – Washington, DC