"Vortex" Inspired Smoked Honey Sriracha Wings

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by kettlemetal, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. kettlemetal

    kettlemetal Fire Starter

    Hello all,

    Inspired by posts and pics of the Vortex being used to cook wings with crispy skin, I used the charcoal basket I made for my Mini-WSM build in my 22.5 Weber Original Premium to try and get the same effect.

    I wrapped the sides of the basket in foil, and lit about half a chimney of KBB. This was a last minute cook, so I didn't do much prep to the wings beyond breaking down into flats and drumettes and adding salt and pepper. Particularly, I didn't take any of the steps out there to get crispier skin: Dry and let sit in open air in fridge, baking powder and soda, pre-steam, etc.

    When the coals were ready, I added a single chunk of Apple wood to the cooking grate, set bottom vents to about 50% open, and preheated for 10 min.

    Wings going on at 7:22 pm EST:

    I made my sauce, which is based on a recipe from Serious Eats. Took a look 45 minutes later:

    The skin felt pretty crispy! Not as good as deep fried, but things were looking good. Started checking temps and was seeing a range of 195-202 F. I glazed both sides of the wings with sauce and let them go another 5 min.

    Right off the grill:

    Sauced and plated:

    Overall, they were good, but could have been crispier. While I was eating, the skin became harder and harder to bite through. Next time I'm going to skip the glaze, try using more fuel and either go wide open from the start, or after the first 20 min or so. The dome thermo was sitting around 400 F the whole cook, so probably lower at grate level. I get pretty good results in the oven at 450-500, so that's what I'll try to replicate.

    The basket setup was great though. I got a very, very even cook, which has been something I've struggled with on wings.
  2. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Looks great KettleMetal! I haven't seen the vortex method before. I'll need to try this out!
  3. 4pogo7

    4pogo7 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks pretty good! I am going to have to try something like this. I have been wanting to do wings.
  4. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sweet technique kettlemetal. Very ingenuitive. You'll have the crispy skin dialed in in no time....
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang it man them look good nice job 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker

  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice , thanks for the :drool look .

    What was your glaze ?
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking wings! Nice Smoke!


    I have been wanting to make a mini-vortex for use in the mini-wsm
  8. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

    These look fantastic![​IMG]

    I'm interested in what the glaze was as well.
  9. kettlemetal

    kettlemetal Fire Starter

    Me too! I'm thinking about just cutting the bottom out of a mixing bowl, though I'm not looking forward to doing that with a dremel again.
    halfsmoked and smoking4fun like this.
  10. Nice looking wings   and pics  [​IMG]

  11. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

  12. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    The finished pic is worth a point by itself.           [​IMG]     They sure look good.

    This is the first I've heard about the vortex method.  I am going to have to study up on it.
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking wings. Points.


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