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Chicken wings are made up of skin, bone and cartilage. They make a great option for smoking since they come with enough fat to keep the wing juicy and from drying out. The chicken wing is segmented into three parts the wing, drumette, and tip. When smoking chicken you can either segment. Meaning cutting the sections at the joint, disposing of the tip and cooking the flat and drum, or whole and cooking the entire wing intact.
The garlic pepper seasoning is a blend of poultry essentials. Its a combination is garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne with some light additions of ground thyme and onion powder.
Vegetable oil does two things. It provides a protective layer over the chicken and it also gives the seasoning something to stick onto. Vegetable oil is a neutral oil with a higher smoke point so it wont burn or alter the flavor of the chicken.
use whatever wood you have on hand. mesquite, apple and hickory are great choices. each wood has its own characteristics some are sweet, some are earthier and some add a ton of smoky flavor.
segmenting the chicken is a great option to free up limited cooking space. It also reduces the cooking time on the chicken wings. leaving the chicken wings whole often keeps the chicken juicer but it tends to need a longer cook and uses more cooking space.
when cooking the chicken, the chicken will have a pink smoke ring that bands around under the skin of the chicken. This part is perfectly safe to eat. just ensure that the chicken internally reached 165F. when cooking the chicken alone you can place the chicken at the highest point of the smoker just incase of flare ups. If the chicken is being cooked with other foods make sure the chicken is at the lowest point at the bottom of the smoker.
sometimes smoking the chicken doesn’t gives us super crispy skin. to get a nice snap on the chicken finish the chicken in an oven once cooked pop it into a preheated 375F oven for 10 minutes.
making the blue cheese is easy it’s a simple combination of sour cream, blue cheese and mayo, generally thinned out with a splash of milk then given some personality with a array of spices like black peppers, garlic powder, onion powder , celery seed and a variety of other combinations of herbs. for a blue cheese recipe click here.