Wings Over Flame
One of the foods I have grown to love cooking on the BBQ is Chicken Wings. They are simple and quick to do and using different rubs and marinades, it is easy to get different flavours and play with how spicy you want them.
I recently had a weekend away and cooked over a firepit for the first time. Hence, this is where the name ‘Firepit’ Chicken Wings came from – not imaginative I know! You don’t need a firepit to cook these wings, but the method I used is one that I will be using in the future.
The Preparation and Cook
For this cook, I used a firepit with a grill suspended above it. The grate was also height adjustable so this was a great way to control the cook.
The Chicken Wings were taken out the fridge an hour before I wanted to cook them. I gave them a liberal sprinkling of ‘The General’ rub from Angus and Oink and covered until ready to cook.
The Chicken Wings were placed directly over the wood. There were only a few logs in the firepit so there was plenty of space around the outside to move the wings to an indirect area if they started to cook too quickly.
I ended up cooking them for around 30 minutes, turning a few times to try to get an even cook on both sides. If you are cooking on a BBQ just use your normal method.
To finish them off I cooked the Chicken Wings in the Lodge cast-iron pan and added the Chipotle & Bourbon BBQ Sauce from The Smokey Carter, cooking briefly before removing from the firepit and enjoying.
These were probably the best wings I have ever cooked. I personally think it was down to the method rather than the equipment. Cook the Chicken Wings using a dry rub, then add to the cast-iron to char a little and add the sauce and any other ingredients. It just worked!!!!
‘Firepit’ Chicken Wings
- Prep Time5 min
- Cook Time40 min
- Total Time45 min
- Serving Size2
- 500g Chicken Wings
- A liberal sprinkling 'The General' Rub (or alternative)
- 3 Tbsp of Chipotle & Bourbon BBQ Sauce (or alternative)
- 3 Spring Onions thinly sliced
Take the chicken out of the fridge 1 hour before you want to start cooking. I then sprinkled the chicken with the rub. Next time I do this I would add the rub and let it marinate for a little longer.
Light your coals and prepare both an indirect and direct area on your BBQ. Whilst the coals are getting up to cooking temperature prepare your Spring Onions by slicing thinly.
Cook the Chicken Wings using your normal method. On the firepit they took around 30 minutes turning a few times. When I cook these using the ‘BBQ Vortex‘ they take 45 minutes, and around 25 when I just cook them normally on the BBQ.
Move the Chicken Wings to the indirect area or remove completely. Add a cast-iron pan to the direct area of the BBQ and get it nice and hot. Then add the Chicken Wings to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, moving the wings occasionally to ensure they don’t burn.
Next add the BBQ sauce, ensuring the Chicken Wings are well covered. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You will find the sauce starts to caramelize. Add the Spring Onion. Give the pan another good stir and cook for a further 1 minute before serving.