Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme. Wood burning stove, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…
Ken loves to make his chicken wings of fire on our Green Mountain Grill/Smoker. Patti makes a cool, creamy sauce to cut the heat, the perfect complement. Also, a great dip for raw veggies or shrimp cocktail. Tonight was a Green Mountain night. We wanted to try GMG’s Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce and wings sounded good for this. Then, sprinkle some Green Mountain Grills Roasted Garlic Chipotle Rub on the wings and you’re in for some good eatin’…
The Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce says right on the bottle that is “Good Enough to Drink”. They’re right, that is some good stuff.
As a special treat we were given some of Lumberjacks new “Lumber Jill” Italian Blend garlicwood pellets adding a nice smoky garlic flavor to our chicken wings. I smoked them for an hour. Very nice, you have got to try these.
Cherry Chipotle Buffalo Wings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes smoke, 30 minutes cook 350 degrees (177c)
Ingredients: Cherry Chipotle Buffalo Wings
- 4 pounds chicken wings
- 1 bottle Green Mountain Grills Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce
- Green Mountain Grills Roasted Garlic Chipotle Rub, to taste
Ingredients: Wild Wings Dipping Sauce
- 2 cups light sour cream
- 1 cup blue cheese salad dressing, we like Litehouse brand
- 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 cup green onions, sliced
- 1 teaspoon Green Mountain Grills Roasted Garlic Chipotle Rub
Directions: Wild Wings Dipping Sauce
In medium bowl, mix all ingredients. Refrigerate at least two hours to blend flavors.
Directions: Cherry Chipotle Buffalo Wings
Give your wings a nice dusting of Green Mountain Grills Roasted Garlic Chipotle Rub, then onto the Green Mountain Pellet Grill. I like to let them sit in the smoke for 30 minutes or so. Just enough to pick up some of that good smoke flavor. You can skip this part if you are hungry, but you’ll miss out on some fine flavor. Then, I grill them at 350 degrees (180c) for 30 minutes or so until I reach an internal temp of 165 degrees (74c) (USDA) I like 180-190 degrees (80-90c) better. The meat flakes apart real nice at 190 degrees (87c). The last 15 minutes or so I use a brush my sauce on them, flip them and sauce the other side. Then every 5 minutes I give another coating of sauce.
Cooking Directions: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill
To prepare the grill for cooking, check your pellet supply – top off or change flavors as needed. Scrape grill grates off. Set the temperature to 450 degrees and press the “Start” button. Give the grill about 15 minutes to reach temperature and the grates to burn clean.
Note: You can set the start temperature anywhere you want. I do 450 (230c) for a quick cleaning burn.
I like to smoke everything for at least 30 minutes with an hour being even better. After all theGreen Mountain Wood Pellet Grill is an awesome smoker so use it for all the wood smoke flavor it will add to your food.
So after the grill comes up to temp and burns clean turn it back down to 180 degrees (87c). Place everything directly onto the grill and just let it hang out in the smoke and get happy for 30 minutes or so. This is referred to as “Smoking” or “Hot Smoking”, the temperature is 180 degrees (87c). 30 minutes of smoking is not enough to have any cooking effect on your wings but it is enough to open the pores so that they can pick up all the flavor of the smoke.
After 30 minutes, turn the (Feed Control) up to 350 degrees (174c) for about 30 minutes. You are looking for an internal temp around 180 – 190 (90c) pull them off, cover and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees, anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.
Cooking In the Oven:
We have been getting requests for recipe conversions for the Pacific Living Outdoor Oven. I tell folks all the time that cooking on a Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker is just as easy as cooking in your oven. Just about anyone can do it and do it well. Think about it. You set your control knob to the temp you want, put your meat in and leave it for a set time.
It is the same thing, time and temperature is what it is all about. The Green Mountain grill is just like your oven except it uses wood pellets and has wheels.
About our Recipes
The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.
Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….