Well here in Chicagoland where we don't know what the weather's going to be like from one day to the next (especially this time of year), I've decided chicken wings, shrimp & beans will make up my third smoke of this 2016 year. With a pork butt & rib smoke already under my belt & considering it's been since last fall (although my deep fryer was busy this winter) since I've got to do them, the flappers were the logical (yeah, that's it) choice.
The plan was for my homemade "Zip Sauce", but after seeing Disco's thread regarding a very simple, yet great-looking, honey/teriyaki sauce/glaze type deal. I'll make my choice in another hour or so, but for now, the wings are in the smoker, hopefully sucking in that sweet, hickory flavor. Since I had a wing cook planned out, I also planned four extra hours this morning to include hitting them with my chicken rub & refrigerating for 2 hours & then brining them for another 2 hours. I like to brine when I have the time.
The shrimp will be like a couple of other shrimp smokes I posted. using olive oil, butter, Old Bay & Italian seasonings. I got the colossal size ones & am leaving the tails on, as we find them easier to handle that way. Pretty straightforward (i.e. boring), stuff I suppose, but they are always pretty tasty.
The beans started out as Dutch's recipe when I first made them sometime last year I think, but have evolved into what you might call a loose interpretation of his wonderful, original recipe. Unfortunately, the other half will not consume a couple of the original ingredients & what the hell, I like tinkering.
The wood had been all hickory as the beans went in first & that didn't change when the wings went in either. The shrimp are about to go in soon & so I believe I will switch up to apple. I don't believe it will hurt the taste of the chicken or the beans & I really like using apple with shrimp so I'll be getting to that in a few minutes.
Thought I'd post some pics of what has happened so far, as I am about to put the shrimp in, rotate the chicken & stir the beans:
Morning chicken rub (that don't sound right)-
Swimming at Lake Buttermilk-
Another round of rub-
Beans, beans, the wonderful fruit-