Mango Habanero Wings & White Sauce
I'm going to be completely honest about this. I've never tried any type of Alabama White Sauce before. Yikes. Some of you are now saying "How can you even call yourself a grilling enthusiast?" The rest of you are probably saying "Damn, I haven't tried it either". Either way I'm sharing what I put together to create a killer white sauce to slather over freshly grilled chicken.
1 dozen Wings (give or take a few)
2 tablespoons baking powder (aluminum free)
PP'QUE's White Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons of prepared horseradish
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 tablespoon of grainy mustard (creole or spicy)
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup of white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
You can combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them, however the mayonnaise will clump and takes a while to mix. It's easier to throw all the ingredients into a blender and fire that puppy up. Done in no time, this sauce is incredibly simple.
Rinse your wings under water and pat dry with paper towels. Yes it's tedious, but I promise it pays off.
Join both the baking powder and Mango Habanero seasoning in a large mixing bowl and whisk. I used roughly 2 tablespoons of seasoning (will be adding more later).
Place your wings in the large mixing bowl with the seasoning and baking powder, cover with plastic wrap and shake it up like there's no tomorrow.
Now here's the hard part
Put your wings in the refrigerator uncovered for 4-6 hours. I like to season up the wings some more at this point, but that is optional.
Don't just stand there, go do something with your life.
Get your smoker to about 225 degrees. I use a Camp Chef Smoke Pro DLX pellet smoker, so that setting is Hi Smoke. Spread your wings out on the smoker and let cook for 20 minutes at this temperature.
Increase your heat
Increase smoker temperature to about 350-375 degrees. Don't be afraid to use a wireless meat probe to check the internal temps.
At this point, I spray the wings with a little olive oil using a product called Misto. This seems to help add a crisp during the cook.
Flip the wings every 10 minutes cooking until an internal temperature reaches about 180 degrees. (Around 30-40 minutes)
Before you lay down your white sauce, I definitely recommend trying these wings naked. The taste of Crispy's Mango Habanero will knock your socks off (and you might prefer them that way).
It's up to you how you sauce these wings. Dip'em, pour it over, drink the sauce out of a glass if you'd like.