Well I have really been liking the wood fired flavor that I have been getting with the Lang!
However I wanted to smoke 9 chicken wings for dinner last night.
Firing up the Lang for 9 wings seemed really dumb.
So I thought, I wonder if I can run the WSM on just wood.
So here goes the experiment.
I also saw a cooking show on TV where on of the cooks coats his wings with corn starch & then smokes them.
He said the skin comes out crispy. I thought here is another experiment.
So here we go.
I mixed up corn starch with S&P.
Got it ready to coat the wings.
I have been injecting everything with Creole butter lately, so why not the wings too.
I used about 8 ounces in the 9 wings.
Ready to coat with the corn starch. There was enough liquid on the skin to hold the corn starch mix.
Just a little dredge.
Shake off the excess, then a light dusting of Tony C's
All ready for the smoker.
I started out with a chimney of lump to get a good coal bed going.
Put a couple of splits on & waited for them to get going good. I left the water pan out & I also left out the charcoal ring.
I put the middle & top sections on & the temp was running about 325.
I put a pan of water on the second grate to shield the wings from the direct fire.
On go the wings.
The temp dropped below 300 as soon as I put them on.
I was getting nice TBS.
The temp settled in around 275.
They took about 1 1/2 hours to cook.
Served them with spinach souffle, celery, & blue cheese dressing.
They came out tender & juicy with bite thru skin.
I had a few problems with the WSM keeping the fire going. I don't think there is sufficient air flow to keep a wood fire burning.
I had to open the access door a couple of times to get more air to the fire to keep the temp up.
Also I did not get crispy skin with the corn starch, however I did get bite thru skin, which was perfectly acceptable.
I usually finish my wings on the grill, but this time we ate them right off the smoker.
They were very good, and yes they had the wood fired taste.
What I thought was going to be easy turned into a lot of work. Next time I may just fire up the Lang for 9 wings!
Thanks for looking!