When Oakridge BBQ Seasonings in Kearney, Missouri came out with the Limited Edition run of “Crucible” Ghost Pepper Rub, I had to take a shot at a kicked up chicken wing recipe. We had a Yard Bird Extravaganza BBQ Class scheduled and since Mike Trump of Oakridge BBQ was going to be a guest instructor, it was the perfect time to heat things up a bit!
The Crucible rub is definitely NOT for the faint of heart. It does not attack immediately with vengeance the way habanero peppers do. It gets to the back of the tongue and slowly builds and builds more heat until your entire head is smoldering! Take care when handling the rub to use gloves and try to keep the rub from getting airborne. It’ll clean out your sinuses in a heart beat!
So, how do you incorporate a delicious tasting rub into a chicken wing recipe so that you can enjoy the subtle taste of the ghost pepper? Add some sweetness, and use very little of the rub.
Honey Soy Glazed Wings with “Crucible”
2 pounds chicken wings
1 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup garlic infused rice vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
3 cloves garlic- finely diced and “smashed” with salt
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon Crucible Ghost Pepper Rub from Oakridge BBQ
1.Heat the sesame oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.
2.Add the garlic and “sweat” it until you start smelling the aroma of both. Don’t brown that garlic!
3.Add the soy sauce, honey and vinegar then reduce your heat to low and add the Crucible seasoning.
4.Let the glaze slowly simmer for a few minutes, stirring often, and then kill the heat.
5.Light your grill for medium heat.
6.Grill the chicken wings over medium heat with the lid closed for about 4 minutes per side. These times always vary. What you are looking for is nice golden brown skin on all sides of the wings.
7.Once the wings are nice, brown and crispy it’s time to apply the glaze. We DON’T want to glaze over an open flame. The glaze has honey and we all know honey and sugar burn, so keep the wings away from the flame! The glaze should be applied while the wings are on INDIRECT heat.
8.Now we glaze! Continually brush the wings with the glaze, closing the lid in between brushings until you create a great sticky glaze all over those beautiful wings.