A Little Experiment
When I was browsing on the Angus and Oink website recently, I came across their Jack ‘n’ Cola rub. It sounded a little different, and it gave me the idea of making Cola Chicken Wings.
I don’t know about you but when I get a new rub I like to have a taste. This one was no exception. On opening, I could smell the cola immediately and it also came through in the ‘dip’ taste test. I got quite excited about doing the wings.
The Preparation and Cook
Preparing the Wings
For the wings, I marinated them overnight in buttermilk. Quite early in the morning I took them out of the fridge, and removed them from the buttermilk and gave them a wipe to remove the majority of the buttermilk, placing the wings in a food bag as I went and then added the Jack ‘n’ Cola rub, making sure all the wings got a good covering. I then placed them back in the fridge for 5 hours.
Next was preparing the home-made Cola BBQ Sauce.
As with the majority of my chicken wing cooks, I used the BBQ Vortex. The vortex really does make the difference when cooking wings.
I removed the wings about 1 hour before I wanted to cook. I placed a cherry chunk on top of the coals in the BBQ Vortex and then placed the wings around the outside of the BBQ, cooking for 40 minutes.
To finish them off I cooked the Chicken Wings in the Lodge cast-iron pan and added the home-made BBQ Sauce, cooking for 5 minutes before serving.
I really liked these wings. We had quite a few guests over and the verdict was split between these and another batch of wings I did. I really like finishing wings off in the cast-iron, in BBQ sauce as it caramelises and gives a really sticky finish to the wings.
The cola flavour was not as pronounced as I would have liked but that is something to work on.
Cola Chicken Wings
- 500 g Chicken Wings
- 2 tbsp Jack 'n' Cola Rub
- 3 tbsp Cola BBQ Sauce
- 4 tbsp Buttermilk
- Take the chicken out of the fridge 1 hour before you want to start cooking.
- Light your coals and prepare your BBQ, setting up to cook with the BBQ Vortex. If you don’t have the vortex I would just set up the BBQ with 2 zones and cook the chicken wings for around 25 minutes on the indirect area.
- Cook for 40 minutes using the vortex, rotating the lid every 15 minutes. This will ensure you get a consistent cook over all your Chicken Wings.
- Add a cast-iron pan above the vortex and get it nice and hot (I actually used the side burner on my gas BBQ for this stage) Then add the Chicken Wings to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, moving the wings occasionally to ensure they don’t stick or 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 caramelise.