Burgers and cornhole, jerseys and painted faces: If you love the game, chances are you love the tailgating too.
But what’s a football tailgate without wings?
Here’s a new twist on an old favorite for your next big-game day.
Spiced Apple-Glazed Chicken Wings
By Chef Glenn Lyman of BJ’s Wholesale Club
Yield: 6 servings
24 chicken wings pieces, flats and drums
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 crisp apples, peeled, cored and chopped; use Granny Smith, Macintosh or Jonathon
1 cup apple cider
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
¼ cup green onion, thinly sliced
Applewood smoking chips, soaked in water for 1 hour
Preheat the grill to medium and add smoking chips according to manufacturer’s directions.
Season the wings with salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes. Once the chips start to smoke, place the wings on the grate and grill, covered, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add maple syrup and apples, stirring well to combine. Cook until starting to caramelize, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add apple cider and cider vinegar. Increase heat to medium-high and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and allow mixture to reduce to glaze consistency, about 30 to 35 minutes longer. Set aside, keeping warm.
When wings are cooked through, toss with warm sauce mixture and green onions. Serve immediately.
Recipe and photo courtesy of BJ’s Wholesale Club.