Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Peppered Wings with Caramelized Soy and Blackberry Glaze

Peppered Wings with Caramelized Soy and Blackberry Glaze

Anyone that knows me has a pretty good idea that I love my Big Green Egg. For the home barbecuer I don't think ease of use gets any better. Since getting the BGE this past winter there has been a decent learning curve. On the whole I'd say most of the issues I've faced have been controlling the pit temperature. With the help of the BBQ Guru, most of the temperature issues have been ironed out. (A post in the coming days will address some of my favorite tools for cooking out.) I'm now able to carry a high consistent temperature without too much BS. The BBQ Guru takes care of stoking the fire while you can concentrate on everything else.

These wings are about as easy as it gets - once you get past maintaining your heat. This recipe is a fantastically easy weekday dinner. It's a low fat recipe that's long on flavor and cheap as hell to make. I typically make a batch of the glaze and store it in the fridge for up to a month. This, like many of the recipes out of the Big Bob Gibson Cookbook, are easily adaptable to free-styling. (If there is one "must have" barbecue book, this is it.) From building the fire to cooking the wings (if the glaze is already made), this recipe will take you about an hour.

Before you do anything make the glaze first!

Caramelized Soy and Blackberry Glaze
by Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Cookbook

Makes: 1-1/4 Cups
Cooking Method: Stove
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

  • 2 Cups Mirin (Sweet Rice Wine)
  • 1-1/4 Cups Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Blackberry Jam
In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Place over medium-low heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce is ready when bubbles rise to the top of the pan. Remove from the heat and set aside until needed. After cooling, transfer to a tightly covered jar or plastic container and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Serve immediately or reheat before serving. I keep it for up to a month and haven't died yet.

Peppered Wings
Serves: 4 to 6 Cooking Method: Indirect Heat
Suggested Wood: Hickory, Cherry, Pecan

Cooking Time: 30 minutes (I don't go much past 25 minutes but they are the smaller wings.)

Dry Rub
  • 2 tspn Salt
  • 2 tspn Brown Sugar
  • 2 tspn Black Pepper
  • 1 tspn Paprika
  • 1/8 tspn Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/8 tspn White Pepper
  • 14 Whole Chicken Wings, cut into wings and drumettes (28 pieces total)
  • Caramelized Soy Glaze
Stir together the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Season the wings with all of the rub for extra-hot wings or half of the rub for spicy.

Build a charcoal and/or wood fire on one side of the grill, leaving the other side void. This will create an area for indirect cooking away from the coals. When the cooker temperature reaches 450 degrees, place the wings on the grill away from the coals and close the cooker lid. Cook for approximately 30 minutes, flipping each wing once. (I point the bone end of the drumsticks toward the fire and place them closest to the coals and place the other halves of the wings skin side up and furthest away from the coals for the first 15 minutes.)

The wings are all pointed in the same direction

When the wings are brown and crisp, remove them from the grill and drizzle with warm Caramelized Soy and Blackberry Glaze. (I prefer to toss them in the glaze so it doesn't run all over the plate onto my other food.)

Glazed tossed with wings and ready to go


  1. These sound great. I just made some very similar but with pomegranate / habanero / garlic instead of soy / blackberry.

  2. Those sound really good--I love sweet / spicy stuff. I haven't grilled wings in a while, so I'll definitely be trying this.

  3. This sounds really good, Cal. I may have to try it this weekend!

  4. So easy a caveman (or woman....or transgender caveperson) could do it.

  5. So we just had this for dinner with Ruhlman's julienned zucchini and grilled corn. They were really good, and we have plenty of glaze for future uses (I may even keep it in the fridge longer than a month).

  6. Pretty easy, huh? Like I said, the glaze easily lasted me a month. You can get those wing parts from Tea Hills for like $3-4. Whenever I was too lazy to make anything else for dinneI just mixed up some rub and threw these on the grill. I like that you don't really have to worry about them drying out, either.