Today, we’re diving into the smoky, cheesy, and oh-so-delicious world of Smoked Garlic Parmesan Wings. If you’re a fan of finger-lickin’ good appetizers, you’re in for a treat. I mean, who can resist the irresistible combo of garlic, Parmesan, and smoky goodness? Not me, that’s for sure! So, grab your apron, fire up your smoker, and let’s get cookin’.
How to Make Smoked Garlic Parmesan Wings
- Ingredients You’ll Need First things first, gather your troops. You’ll need some chicken wings, of course, garlic (lots of it), grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and your favorite chicken rub. Oh, and don’t forget some wood chips for that smoky flavor. You’ll also need some aluminum foil and a basting brush.
- Prep the Wings Start by prepping those wings. Give ’em a good rinse and pat them dry with some paper towels. No one likes a soggy wing, am I right? Once they’re dry, toss them in a bowl and drizzle some olive oil over them. Add the chicken rub and give ’em a good toss to coat those wings evenly.
- Fire Up the Smoker While the wings marinate in all that flavor, get your smoker fired up. Aim for a temperature around 225-250°F. And don’t forget to add those wood chips for that incredible smoky aroma.
- Smoke ‘Em Up Now, it’s time to place your wings on the smoker rack. Close the lid and let those bad boys smoke for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Your patience will be rewarded, my friends.
- Make the Garlic Parmesan Sauce While the wings are getting their smoky spa treatment, let’s whip up that creamy garlic Parmesan sauce. Melt some butter in a pan, toss in the minced garlic, and let it sizzle. Once it’s golden and fragrant, stir in the grated Parmesan cheese, a little salt, and some pepper. Let it all melt together into gooey, garlicky perfection.
- Time to Glaze When your wings are almost done on the smoker (about 10 minutes before), brush ’em with that luscious garlic Parmesan sauce. You want them to get all crispy and flavorful.
- Serve and Enjoy! Once the wings have that irresistible golden crust, take ’em off the smoker and drizzle more of that garlic Parmesan sauce all over ’em. Serve ’em up hot with your favorite dipping sauces.
- If you’re feeling lazy (no judgment here), you can always use a store-bought chicken rub, but making your own is a game-changer. Just throw together some salt, pepper, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne for a bit of heat.
- Add a dash of hot sauce to the garlic Parmesan sauce for an extra kick. It’ll give your wings a little spicy zing that’s out of this world!
- Feel free to switch things up and use boneless chicken chunks instead of wings. The sauce is what really makes these babies shine, so get creative with your chicken choice.
What to Serve
Now, the big question: what should you serve with these delectable wings? Well, here’s the scoop:
- Ranch Dressing: The classic choice. A side of cool and creamy ranch dressing for dipping is always a winner.
- Celery and Carrot Sticks: You know, to balance out all that cheesy, garlicky goodness. Plus, it makes you feel a bit healthier, right?
- French Fries: Who doesn’t love a side of crispy, golden French fries? They’re like the perfect wing companion.
- Beer: What’s a wing feast without a cold beer, right? The choice is yours, whether it’s a crisp lager or a hoppy IPA.
- Coleslaw: A bit of coleslaw on the side can contrast the rich and savory wings.
Overall, making Smoked Garlic Parmesan Wings is a bit of an adventure, but the payoff is beyond worth it. The smoky aroma, the crispy wings, and that garlic Parmesan sauce that’ll have you coming back for more – it’s all part of the magic.
Finally, I just want to thank you all for joining me on this flavorful journey today. Now go ahead, whip up these wings, and let your taste buds have a party. And remember, when it comes to wings, you can never have too much garlic or too much Parmesan. So get smokin’ and enjoy every bite. Cheers, my food-loving friends, and happy munching!
Smoked Garlic Parmesan Wings
Unleash incredible flavors with our smoked garlic parmesan wings recipe. Get ready to impress your guests with this delectable wing dish.
- 2.5 lbs of chicken wings
- 4 heads of garlic
- 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- 1 tablespoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper optional, for some heat
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- Your choice of wood chips hickory or applewood work great
- Cooking spray
Prepping the Wings
- Start by rinsing the chicken wings under cold water. Pat them dry with paper towels to ensure they're not too wet.
- Place the dried wings in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over them and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of black pepper, and the optional cayenne pepper. Toss the wings to coat them with the seasoning evenly. Let them sit while you prepare the smoker.
Fire Up the Smoker
- Fire up your smoker and set it to a temperature range between 225-250°F. Add your choice of wood chips according to the smoker's instructions to create that delicious smoky flavor.
- While the smoker heats up, prepare the smoker rack by lightly greasing it with cooking spray to prevent the wings from sticking.
Smoking the Wings
- Once your smoker has reached the desired temperature, place the seasoned wings on the prepared smoker rack. Arrange them evenly to ensure even cooking.
- Close the smoker lid and let the wings smoke for about 1.5 to 2 hours. Make sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.
Making the Garlic Parmesan Sauce
- While the wings are getting their smoky flavor, it's sauce time. Take the four heads of garlic, cut off the top to expose the cloves, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, wrap them in aluminum foil, and roast them in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 30 minutes. When the cloves are soft and golden, squeeze them out into a small bowl.
- In a saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over low heat. Don't rush this; you want the butter to melt slowly without browning.
- Stir in the roasted garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, the remaining salt, and black pepper into the melted butter. Let it all melt together, creating that creamy garlic Parmesan sauce.
Glazing the Wings
- About 10 minutes before the wings are done, use a basting brush to glaze them with the delicious garlic Parmesan sauce generously.
Serve and Enjoy!
- Once the wings have developed a golden, crispy crust and the internal temperature reaches 165°F, carefully remove them from the smoker using heat-resistant gloves.