Monday, September 24, 2012

PALEO PECAN-SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS WITH RANCH DRESSING

I just need my readers to know how dedicated I am to bringing you delicious paleo-friendly recipes. I just muted Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. It is one of those things that no matter how hard I try, I can't look away. But I did it for you. You're welcome. And now, as promised, paleo pecan-smoked buffalo wings with spicy ranch dressing.

While I was working on the ranch (make this first so the flavors have the chance to marry in the fridge), my husband crafted these genius wings. He was divinely inspired by yesterday's TX Monthly BBQ Festival. I am still coming out of my meat coma, therefore I was unable to fully express my enthusiasm for the perfection he achieved here. I will try to put it into words.  The first thing you will taste in these wings is wood. What?? Pecan wood. Like the chicken was fed pecans every meal of its life, lived in a pecan coop, and spent every evening convening around a pecan-wood campfire with his friends. You don't need a fancy smoker for this. We used our weber grill and it worked perfectly. Using a fragrant wood here is so important. It imparts such a unique flavor you have never had in a regular old fried chicken wing. Next you will experience the flavor crunch. I would say that you would taste the delicate balance of the dry rub as you bite in, but the crunch and flavor are somewhat intertwined. I never thought it were possible to get a crispy wing without frying it, but it happened. And because it was achieved by smoking under the coals of pecan wood, the process actually locked the flavors of the rub into the crispy skin. At this point, the wings were perfect. But then... they got even better with a simple spicy sauce he whipped up in a blender. Finally, a dip in paleo ranch dressing balanced out the heat while introducing some interesting herbs and spices.

Pecan-Smoked Buffalo Wings
2 lbs chicken wings and drummettes
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Place chicken in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the spices. Sprinkle the spice rub over the chicken wings and toss to coat. Let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, light a charcoal fire on one side of your grill. Add pecan wood on top of the burning charcoal to light it. When the fire is hot and flaming a few inches above the grates, add the chicken to the other side of the grill (not in the flames) in an even layer. Your goal is to keep the heat above 400ยบ. Do not be afraid of big flames. Close the grill. Let smoke for 20 minutes. Flip the wings, close the lid again and cook another 30 minutes. Remove from the grill and add to the sauce. Serve with Paleo Ranch Dressing (keep reading..)


The Sauce
4 Tbsp your favorite Louisiana hot sauce
1/2 jalapeno
1 scallion, white part only
1 clove garlic
2 Tbsp grassfed butter, melted

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender (we used a magic bullet).  Transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the crispy, cooked wings. Serve with ranch. 



Spicy Paleo Ranch Dressing
2 Tbsp Paleo-friendly Mayonnaise
3 Tbsp canned coconut milk
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes tobasco sauce
1 Tbsp green onions, minced
1/4 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. 



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9 comments:

  1. These look incredible! We'll be making them for our next get-together.

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    1. Great! I highly recommend these. All this blogging about them makes me want a second batch.. or third.

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  2. Holy moly!! This sounds too good to be true!
    But what is pecan wood? We live in Australia and I'd never heard of that. But that really doesn't matter :) I'm sure we can find something else, because I will most definitely make these.
    Thanks for a superb blog!

    //mia

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    1. Mia, you made my day! Thanks for all the comment love. Also, I think any fragrant wood would work for the wings :)
      Keep in touch!

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  4. Yum! Just made the ranch (also used the mayo recipe from your blog for it:), and it tastes delicious!! Thanks so much for so many GREAT recipes!

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  5. I was just thinking about needing a recipe for mayo so thank you for posting it. When I make my own ranch dressing, I use homemade cocoanut yogurt in equal amounts to the mayo. My husband loves it.

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  6. I wasn't able to get the pecan, so I used apple wood (I now know where I can get pecan for next time) these were the best wings we have ever made. I will make them many times. A new family favorite!!!!!

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  7. These look amazing!! could I bake the wings?

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