Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cilantro Lime Wings with Habanero Butter

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This is one of the dishes that we served at the 2017 Sunshine State Eggfest and at  the campground for our Egging friends at the 2016 Eggtoberfest.  You can substitute our NMT All Purpose Chicken Rub but I like the Chicken Scratch just a bit better in this recipe.

Cilantro Lime Wings with Habanero Butter Sunshine State Eggfest

Cilantro Lime Wings with Habanero Butter

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prep the wings.  Use a sharp knife to separate the wings into drummettes and wingettes. Save the wing tips for stock or discard.  Place the wing pieces in the marinade and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  2. Set up your grill for direct heat at 350-400°f.  When grilling wings direct, I prefer to use a raised grate so the wings aren't as close to the fire.
  3. Season the wings.  Remove the wings from the marinade, shake off the excess, and discard the marinade.  Season the wings liberally with the Chicken Scratch.
  4. Make the sauce.  Melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the habanero sauce and garlic.  Taste and add salt to taste, just a pinch or two.
  5. Cook the wings.  Grill the wings for 12 minutes then flip and cook another 12 minutes. Check the internal temps to make sure they are at least 175°f.
  6. Sauce the wings.  Toss or dip the wings in the sauce.  Return the sauced wings back to the grill and cook long enough to set the sauce on the wings, another 5-10 minutes.  
  7. Remove and serve.  I like to dip my wings a second time right after they come out, just for a little more "zing".  Serve with a grilled lime wedge.
Trinidad Extra Hot Habanero Sauce
For the Sunshine State Eggfest, I used Trinidad Habanero Extra Hot Pepper Sauce because I couldn't find the Yucatan Sunshine Habanero Sauce that I've used in the past.  The Trinidad is a little hotter, I like the sting that it brings.
In testing, we used our NMT All Purpose Poultry Rub but at the Eggfest, I used Thunderburd Chicken Scratch because Rhonda had it on hand.  Great choice!

Habanero Butter Sauce
Notice the bits of habanero chiles in the sauce.  One ounce of sauce to a stick of butter is pretty mild. I like right at a 1/4 cup of hot sauce to a stick of butter, but that's a personal preference.  Just like everything, taste and adjust it to your own palette. 

Cilantro Lime Wings with Habanero Butter Sunshine State Eggfest
Mmmmmm buttery, spicy, lick smacking heat.

Cilantro Lime Wings with Habanero Butter Sunshine State Eggfest
If you look closely, you can see those red bits of habanero have adhered to the wing.

Thunderbird Chicken Scratch GIVEWAY!

I liked that Thunderbird Chicken Scratch so much that I ended up ordering a 6-pack of it before we got back to Tennessee from the Eggfest.  Thunderbird is a food truck in Nashville serving up kick ass wings and other stuff.  Good fires, sweet smoke, and the Chicken Scratch rub is the center of it all.

You can see the flavor in the rub and in the ingredient list. There is a LOT of flavor action going on in there with the peppers, chiles, sugar, and salt.  I especially like the apple cider vinegar powder, POW that gives it a unique tang.  This would be good on way more than chicken.

Since it's National BBQ Month, I'm going to do some giveaways and this week's giveaway is a set of Chicken Scratch and Fiery Hot Chicken Scratch rubs to one lucky reader.


The Rules
  1. Giveaway entry period begins Sunday, May 7 and ends Friday, May 12th at 11:59pm. Drawing will be held on Saturday around noon (All times are Eastern Time zone).
  2. To ENTER:  Leave a comment below.  If using an anonymous comment option, leave me a way to get back to you (email, Egghead or BBQ Brethren user forum name, etc).  For a bonus second entry, you can tweet or post a facebook entry about this and post a link to that entry in a comment below.
  3. Comments will be numbered by order received and random.org will generate a random number for the winner.
  4. Limited to residents of the continental US unless you want to pay the additional shipping charges.
  5. I am the final judge regarding any discrepancies, interpretations, grievances, etc about this drawing.
  6. Thunderbird Wings are not hosting this giveaway nor are they are not responsible for the drawing or the giveaway. 
  7. Winner must respond and claim the prize within one week of the winning announcement. If a winner does not claim the prize during the specified time, a reserve winner will be drawn from the original entries.
  8. Employees, Board Members, indentured servants, and family of Nibble Me This are not eligible to enter. That means YOU Alexis! :) 
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36 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! Would love to try Chicken Scratch and that recipe. @jaybirdtweet

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  2. I really enjoy your blog. I often try to find the products you recommend and it would be great to win some Chicken Scratch. I use it cooking chicken on my very old school oil pipe stick smoker.
    Keep up the great blogs!
    zanc@me.com

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  3. These wings look great! @broemmeg

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  4. That looks fantastic! I'd love to give that a shot!! @tn_helmsey

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  5. This stuff is amazing. Made wings with it recently as we live very near Nashville and bought some from the Thunderbird food truck a while back. @jeffboyaredee

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  6. Oh man. These are right up my alley! Can't wait to try.

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  7. Wings look awesome! Chicken scratch is one of my favorite rubs for yard bird! Appreciate all your recipes my man. Jeremybaker328@gmail.com

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  8. Great recipes as usual! Can't wait to try these wings out. Appreciate all your recipes my man. Jeremybaker328@gmail.com

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  9. Gotta try these Chris. Been eyeing this rub too!

    @Maidennc3

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  10. https://t.co/U7twFDF8aM

    @maidennc3

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  11. I know we like wings as well as you but not sure why we don't make them as often - maybe this will inspire me.

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  12. Looks great Chris, love your blog and Instagram. Chris @rubme2times

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  13. Wings look killer!!! TnTiger on Instagram.

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  14. As always, your food looks almost too good to eat, almost... I've made several of your other recipes and can't wait to try this one!

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  15. The wings look fantastic! sean_anderson77339@yahoo.com

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  16. Looks great as usual. I don't think I will ever get tired of new wing recipes.
    Markmoore21@hotmail.com

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  17. Tried this recipe and it was a hit. Would love to grab some Chicken Scratch to take it to the next level. @thelaw14 on Instagram

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  18. love that it has NO msg. my kind of seasoning.....

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  19. Those wings look great! And thanks for giving up your judging spot at the WFC contest in Ooltewah so the rest of us could get a shot! Keep up the great blog!!

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  20. Wings are the favorite in this house. Would love to try the rub. twitter @packersplanet

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  21. I'd like to give it a try. Sithmastervader@gmail.com

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  22. never heard of it but always interested in new rubs! Dwh075@yahoo.com

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  23. Absolutely a fan favorite in this house! I need to order some more! Shipesweep @ gmail.com

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  24. Wow, I need to try these with my hotsauce. They look amazing! Guess we are having wings this weekend!

    Instagram @wickedawesomesauce

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  25. Wings look and sounds amazing as usual Chris!! Keep bustin hump out there on those smokers buddy love all your recipes!

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  26. Really enjoy your IG posts (not in twitter or Facebook ) your kamado cook book / guide was instrumental in my venture towards real BBQ (vision grill owner). I could put this to good use in So Cal! Keep up the great work. Blaine

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  27. Love your site Chris. This recipe looks great

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  28. Love this blog. Thanks for the inspiration. Kheath47@gmail.com

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  29. Keep up the good work really enjoy your blog. Hope you are working on a new book. Joe cujo1@wk.net

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  30. love some hot firey chicken and spice up some thigh on the bge

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  31. Thanks for the posts. Recipe looks good. Hickey on eggheadforum

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  32. Thank you for sharing at Sunshine Eggfest

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  33. Love wings on the BIg Green Egg! This looks like a great recipe to try!

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  34. Eric@palmoreappraisals.comMay 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Love your site and all the recipes

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  35. Contest Entry Period has ended

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  36. Just made these for lunch for the wife and I, flippin' awesome! I marinated mine overnight, love these. Thanks, I love your cook book too.

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