CHICKEN WING DING COOK OFF
We are so happy to see you here. I have to tell you that we were busy with our own competition – A Wing Ding Cook Off. Grab that coffee and your seat and find out what happened and who won the famous THHB Chicken Wing Ding Cook Off!
How It All Started. . .
It was a Wednesday and on each Wednesday The Hard Hat Belles have a Summit meeting. This is where we do the “not always so fun” business work of our venture into the world of YouTube and blogging. Wiebke and I were brainstorming ideas for future episodes back in February of this year. We actually like to keep the filming schedule at least two months in advance. This allows us to schedule around any family or personal events or needs that we have coming up.
We needed a recipe. . .
We usually try to work the recipes around events, holidays or the time of year. For this particular episode we needed a recipe for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday and graduation parties. We did all our research and finally settled on chicken wings as the recipe. Fairly easy, can be made in quantity for parties, and a crowd favorite. At this point we had no idea what we were going to do with them (other than cooking them).
Wiebke had some recipe suggestions and I also had some as well. She wanted something quick as she felt our viewers would be interested in quick. However, I felt that our viewers would be more interested in easy. Both recipes were great, but we were divided on what to do! Hence, we came up with The Hard Hat Belles Chicken Wing Ding Cook Off!
Finally. . .
Yes, we decided that we could pull off a competition between Wiebke’s recipe and my own. Wiebke’s recipe is actually a two for one deal. She uses the same recipe up until the end where she takes one single ingredient and comes up with two totally different flavored wing dings. And her recipe is done within 25 minutes – beginning to end.
Now my recipe was one that my husband Bill and I sort of came up with together. Before he passed away he use to prepare his own BBQ sauce once a year. He tweaked a recipe from one he found in a Missouri newspaper several years ago and made it his own. Once a year for a whole day, he would gather the ingredients for the sauce and work on it. He even canned it himself. I was always so impressed with him. . . and the sauce was yummylicious. . .seriously GOOD! I have to say it was my very favorite.
What we would do is take the leftover sauce that didn’t fit in a pint canning jar and put it in a crock pot along with some chicken wings (or wing drums or any part of the chicken). That’s it. . . two ingredients and 4-6 hours later – very tender, delicious BBQ Wing Dings. The last jar of Bill’s BBQ sauce has been gone for a while. Now I just use whatever BBQ sauce I have on hand – my family usually prefers Sweet Baby Rays.
You Decide . . .
I have to tell you that all the recipes were very good. They each had merits of their own. We want you to tell us which recipe you tried and what you thought in the comments below. Wiebke and I are very competitive and although all the recipes were very good – we couldn’t decide on a favorite. We kept eating and tasting them all and still could not decide. . . So cast your vote!!
VEEBEE’S SPICY CURRY & TROPICAL GINGER WING DINGS
Prep time 5 mins – Cook time 20 mins – Total time 25 mins
Cooking spray (Wiebke uses“Pam” Olive oil)
3lbs chicken wings (with the tips detached)
1½ Tablespoons baking powder (check out the The Food Lab Website for information on why baking powder makes chicken crispy)
½ teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons curry powder
For the Spicy Curry wings add 1 teaspoon red pepper
For the Tropical Ginger flavor add 2 teaspoons ground ginger
NOTE: Wiebke adds the final ingredients to the wings except for the red pepper and ginger. She then splits the batch and adds the last two ingredients separately. She enjoys the tropical flavor while her guys enjoys the flavor on the spicy side.
- Preheat the broiler of your oven to high. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and apply cooking spray generously.
- Place the wings in a large mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and salt to the wings and mix together. Evenly spread the wings on to the baking sheet.
- Place wings under the broiler for 10 minutes, turn them over and then broil them for another 10 minutes.
- Blend the broiled chicken wings in a mixing bowl with the brown sugar and spices until coated. Enjoy!
DD’S EASY BBQ WING DINGS
2 lb. chicken wings
1 cup Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce (Baby Ray’s, Hunt’s, Kraft, etc)
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg (my secret ingredient)
Chopped green onion (for garnish)
1 cup Ranch Dressing or honey (dipping option-I like them plain)
- Combine first 3 ingredients in the crock pot (slow cooker); cover with lid. Cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH 3 to 5 hours, depending on how fast you need them. NOTE: Do not add any other liquids to the crock pot. There will be plenty of juices from the chicken.
- Use slotted spoon to transfer wings to a platter. Drizzle small about of sauce over the wings. Discard sauce remaining in slow cooker.
- Sprinkle wings with chopped green onions. Serve with dressing for dipping (optional). I like to take Wiebke’s Greek yogurt(in place of sour cream) and add spices to it.
And there you have it! It is now time for you to cast your vote.
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Denine & Wiebke