San Filippo Nashville Hot Wings & Marinade

  • 16 whole chicken wings (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 3+ Teaspoons Midgets Fishing San Filippo Picante Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 Teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 Teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 Teaspoons ground oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO

Nashville Hot Chicken Sop Sauce

  • 3+ Tablespoons Midgets Fishing San Filippo Picante Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse salt (sea or kosher)
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¾ Cup canola oil
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, in half-inch chunks

Place the chicken wings in a plastic zipper bag or non-reactive container with a tight lid. Mix together all marinade ingredients and add to the chicken wings. Massage the marinade into the chicken, and place the bag/container in the fridge for at least two hours and up to overnight. Continue to massage the chicken frequently while marinating.

Make the San Filippo Nashville Hot Chicken Sop Sauce by placing all dry ingredients in a saucepan. Toast the spice mixture over medium heat until fragrant, about three minutes. Add the oil and butter and simmer another three minutes or until all spices have dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the sauce to come to room temperature.

Set up your smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and set the heat to 220 degrees. For best results, use hickory chips. You can also use your grill, set up for indirect grilling. Heat it up to 325 degrees.

Remove the wings from the marinade, allowing the marinade to stick onto the chicken. Spread the wings out onto your smoker grate in a single layer, with an inch or two between them so the smoke can penetrate the meat.

Smoke the chicken for approximately 2.5–3 hours; start basting the wings with the San Filippo Nashville Hot Chicken Sop Sauce at around 30 minutes, and do it again 3-4 more times during smoking. You should use around half of the sauce.

Arrange the wings on a platter and pour remaining sop sauce, heated, over the top. Serve with chopped cilantro or chives.

Another tasty recipe brought to you by Midgets Fishing Brewery, Inc.: An American Hot Sauce Company. And we’ll keep ‘em coming…

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