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Offline Eo0014

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Chicken Wings
« on: December 26, 2019, 05:10:17 PM »
I'm looking to smoke bulk (20 pounds) wings.  Once they are smoked and cooled off, can I vacuum pack them and place in freezer for future use?  I'm thinking smoke 'em now, freeze them , and flash fry when ready to eat small batches.

Is this method safe?

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Re: Chicken Wings
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2019, 03:48:14 AM »
Does your method include fully cooking the wings before vacuum sealing the wings? If so yes, but you may want to try another method.

Wings do not fully cook well in the Bradley, and take much longer than you would expect. When fully cooked in the Bradley, the skin tends to be rubbery, so I use a dual cooking method. It could take 3 hours or more per batch. You should smoke in small batches of 2.5 - 3 pounds. I only apply 40 minutes of smoke. I usually like to use pecan or apple. Using cherry will give you a darker color. You may have to experiment to see how much smoke you like.

The link below is how I prepare my wings for the Bradley smoker.
Really Good Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings Recipe

When seasoning the wings work in small batches. Follow steps 1 & 2 to prepare the wings for the smoker. The air drying takes up a lot of refrigerator space, so if you don't have the time, you can air dry on the counter for 30 - 60 minutes. It will not be as good, but this time helps. The baking soda  powder is important - it aids in crisping the skin. After smoking in the Bradley, I then move them on to baking sheets; skin side up, into a preheated oven. For my oven I use a temperature of 400°F. By the time I prepare the next batch to go into the Bradley, and smoke them for 40 minutes or so, the batch in the oven is either done, or almost ready to remove. You could also transfer the wings from the Bradley onto a grill. If you going to vacuum seal, don't add any sauce at this time.

Edited:
I made an error. Use baking powder not baking soda. Baking soda, alone, will give the wings a metallic taste.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2019, 04:01:57 AM by Habanero Smoker »


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Offline Eo0014

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Re: Chicken Wings
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2019, 09:42:41 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  This idea sounds really good!