Well the Super Bowl is right around the corner! Now even though my beloved Patriots failed to succeed in the AFC championship, doesn’t mean I won’t be enjoying the festivities of the day. It is a day of competition. A day of coming together with family and friends and sharing in a memory. But most importantly it is a day about snacks and booze. My favorite all time Super Bowl snack is always going to be Buffalo Wings. I can’t explain why, but I just love them. I decided to try my typical recipe, but this year put a little brown liquor spin on things. By infusing bourbon, one of my favorite liquors into the cooking process I got a snack that is not only enjoyable, but multi-layered and if you have the time it may help you become the party favorite at your Super Bowl tradition!
Stove Top Temperature: Medium Heat
Oven Temperature: 350 Degrees
Servings: 4 (Obviously if you are going to a big party, make a few batches)
3 pounds of chicken wings
1 ½ cups of bourbon
1 can of Coca Cola
1 ½ cup of hot sauce
1 ½ tsp. of black pepper
1 ¼ tsp. of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. of soy sauce
1 ½ tsp. of salt
First thing you want to do is clean your chicken wings. Don’t get your guests sick with salmonella poisoning! Then you want to prep a baking sheet. Be sure to layer a decent amount of olive oil or butter, whatever your preference, to the cooking area – you don’t want anything to stick. Once you have prepped the baking sheet, go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Now while the oven is preheating, put all your ingredients into a large pot, and put on the stove top on medium heat, allowing everything to simmer for several minutes. Once the juices and meat are sizzling, remove the chicken wings with tongs from the pan and place them on your baking sheet. Allow the rest of the ingredients to continue to simmer in the pot. This will thicken up the sauce that will eventually go on your wings. Put your baking sheet into the preheated oven and let the chicken wings sit in there for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, take the chicken out of the oven and use your tongs to move the wings from the baking sheet to the large pot, where your liquid ingredients should still be simmering. Let the wings sit for a few minutes until everything starts to sizzle again. Then you will repeat the transfer from pot to baking sheet to oven. You will repeat these intervals another 6 times. This allows for the fat from the chicken to help thicken your sauce and for the hot sauce to infuse into the chicken as it cooks.
Once you have moved your chicken from pot to oven 6 times and allowed the contents of your pan to simmer you should have chicken that is ready to be pulled off the bone and a sauce that has a wonderful viscosity and great taste. The bourbon you will notice adds a wonderful softness to the spicy wings – a hint of charred oak and even some vanilla.
Turn your stove top off and mix your chicken wings in the pot with your sauce. Be sure to mix it well so the sauce really layers on top of the wings. Once you have done that and given everything a few minutes to settle, put those wings on a plate, grab your favorite beer and enjoy the game!
Remember wonderful readers that the Super Bowl is a time for celebration, but know your limits. Too much alcohol can lead to a very bad time and serious consequences so please as always drink responsibly.
Good Spirits Folks!