Saturday, September 8, 2012

Peppered Wings with Caramelized Soy and Blackberry Glaze

Have you ever been flipping through your favorite cook book and find a recipe that makes you think, "How have I not tried this one yet?!?"

This was one of those.  Peppered Wings with Caramelized Soy and Blackberry Glaze -

Crispy, peppery chicken wings with a unique sweet sauce.

Chris Lilly's Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book spends more time off the book shelf than on it.  It my most used BBQ book.  Despite the heavy use and all of those tabs, his recipe for these wings has escaped my attention...until now.

We eat a lot of wings at our house and my favorites have been on the spicy side.  But these are delightfully sweet balanced by the sultry taste of the caramelized soy sauce and the peppery wings.  And it wasn't just me, these wings captured the attention of my whole family as something special.  

I'm not going to post the recipe, even though Chris has graciously given me permission to repost several of the recipes in his book.  If you have the book, definitely try these.  If you don't, go buy it!  

The wings start off with a generous application of a rub (salt, brown sugar, paprika, garlic, and then black, red, and white pepper).

The cook indirect on your grill for 30 minutes at 450f, much faster than I normally do my wings on my Egg.

The sauce is a reduction of mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and seedless blackberry jam.  
It doesn't go on until the wings come off of the grill.  Also different how I normally do my wings.

Simple but really effective and a surprising combination of flavor.  I did a batch with sriracha added to the sauce and I preferred those but the rest of the family preferred the sweeter ones without sriracha.  

Decatur Alabama Riverfest 
Next weekend I am joining Clint Cantwell ( editor) to cook with his Smoke In Da Eye team in the BBQ competition at the 18th annual Decatur Jaycees Riverfest.   After the smoke settles, I'll also be getting to hang out with the folks from Kingsford, several of my favorite BBQ bloggers, and BBQ friends.  Of course a meal at Big Bob Gibson's BBQ restaurant is obligatory!!!

If you're in the area, check out the event and be sure to stop by our spot.  We'll be next to the Kingsford section.  In addition to the bbq competition, there will be live music, family activities, and food vendors.  All proceeds will be used by the Jaycees to benefit local charities. 


  1. wow these look fingerlickingly GREAT!

  2. Woah. They look great. I don't have his book. But now i want it.

  3. Those sound delicious! I need to make sure I have that book on my Amazon list. Christmas isn't very far away now...

  4. Oh these look wonderful - full of flavor - sounds like a great book. I'm so happy to be your latest follower!
    Mary x

  5. Another cookbook on the list but this one for good reason. I can imagine the taste of the glaze. Have a great time in Alabama.

  6. Oh, Man! These look totally delicious!

  7. The wings look amazing! I think they would be great for a tailgate. Our tailgates have to be good because our team isn't good!

  8. I tried this with chicken thighs last night and it was great. I added Sriracha to the sauce as well, it was too sweet without it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. This is different than I would normally grill wings also, but I know I definitely have to try these. Talk about fantastic for tailgating!

  10. Those look so good,Chris! drooling here!

  11. I am not usually a wing person but these ones have me drooling Chris - they look and sound fantastic!!!

  12. You had me at "caramelized soy." I've been loving that mix of salty, savory, and sweet. Must try these soon. Thanks!