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Spicy Dr Pepper Wings

Posted by mmillet on June 3, 2014

Ah, the marvelous taste of Dr Pepper should not be limited to what we can ingest using a straw. Considering our love of messing with grammar and turning nouns into verbs, why not get to Dr Peppering?

Dr Pepper makes a great glaze on just about anything, particularly when you turn up the heat a few notches. We recommend using 1 teaspoon of red chile pepper flakes in this glaze but if you are brave and love that extra spice increase it to 1 tablespoon. It may not sound like much, but your mouth will definitely say otherwise.

Since wings are always in season, how could we resist? Smoky, sweet, crispy and hot hot hot.


PREP TIME: 5 to 10 minutes
COOK TIME: about 1 hour


2 1/2 lbs large chicken wings, separated into flats and drummettes
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
12 ounces Dr Pepper (don't you dare go diet)
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon red pepper chile pepper flakes
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Chopped green scallions, for garnish


In a small bowl mix together the sea salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, black pepper and ancho chile powder. Place the wings on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and sprinkle the seasoning over the chicken wings on all sides. Let the wings rest with the seasoning for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, start you Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Preheat to 350 degrees F, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Put the wings on the baking sheet on the Traeger and cook for 45 to 50 minutes.

While the wings are cooking, make the glaze. In a pan on the stove simmer the Dr Pepper, soy sauce and red pepper flakes until it is reduced by half. (about 20 minutes)

Once the glaze appears thick enough to be able to coat the wings, turn down the heat but keep the glaze warm while the wings cook.

Pour the glaze over the wings or toss them in the glaze and put them back on the Traeger to cook for another 5-10 minutes to set the glaze.

Take the wings off the Traeger and serve hot with a sprinkle of scallions and perhaps some blue cheese to cool the burn.


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