To be a Bye Boss’r means to be a Renaissance Man. The wider the breadth of our knowledge and abilities the lower our expenses will be. Thus the articles will run the gambit of DIY, cooking, entertaining, and car repair, to investing and retirement planning. And of course, cooking chicken wings!
For running a homestead farm for three years is more valuable than milking a cow every day, for five years. One day of experience repeated for five years is not the goal.
Several years ago I started trying to replicate my favorite dishes and the fruits of my labours will be expounded in this series of articles. Ok, deep thoughts aside -let’s get to the <chicken> meat of this article, and see if we can make a great wing night at home, far superior in taste, experience and cost compared to going to the local pub .
World’s Best Chicken Wings!
These are super easy to make and always a hit. Wing night has become a regular function in the Triple B household, and they are so fun to cook oftentimes our friends come over early to help make them, and perhaps test out the latest batch of homebrew.
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3 lbs Chicken wings
1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
1/3 cup butter
Couple splashes of Worchestire Sauce
Cayenne Pepper to taste
2 tsp honey (optional)
Honey Garlic Sauce:
1/2 cup Honey
3-4 Garlic Cloves crushed/minced
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 cup Water
Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
Spread out thawed and dried chicken wings. Season with Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, and a little Cayenne powder on both sides. Feel free to experiment with different spices.
Carefully place them in deep fryer in batches of 8-12 wings and cook for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and cooked to minimum 165F. They’ll float to the top a few minutes before they are ready.
Place them on a drying rack for a few minutes to drain the excess oil. Transfer to a oven safe bowl and place in the oven to keep warm at low temperature. Smack any hands trying to sneak them at this point.
Reward yourself with a beer.
Sauce it up!
Meanwhile get two pots for the sauces. Place the butter, hot sauce, and worchestire sauce in one pot, and honey, garlic, and soy sauce in the other. Cook over medium heat until they gently boil, then reduce to a simmer stirring occasionally.
Add extra cayenne to the hot sauce if you like it hot, I also add honey sometimes to make it a little sweeter. If you can get locally sourced honey, it’s often thick enough. Otherwise, if you want the honey garlic sauce thicker add the cornstarch to the water and mix in a little bowl. Add this to the sauce and stir.
This will give you four awesome flavours to choose from: Dry garlic Wings, Hot Wings, Honey Garlic Wings, and Billy Wings –hot and honey garlic mixed together. We usually put the wings in a bowl and the sauces in separate bowls so everyone can choose what flavour combinations they want.
Cheaper than going out?
I buy a bunch of wings when they come on sale, and keep them in the freezer. Lately I’ve been getting 3 kgs(6.6 lbs) for $22 which works out to $3.33/lb. Franks Red hot sauce is just over a $0.50/ half cup. Honey varies wildly but is around $1/ half cup. A couple dollars for other ingredients and power, and we are looking at about $4.50/ lb.
Add a couple homebrewed beers at $0.50 each (or get your friends to bring the beer!) and some board games and you’ve got a great Saturday night planned!