Spring is here, which means it’s grilling season! We love grilling something every weekend. It is the perfect way to cap off a long, hard work week. The smell of charcoal in the air coupled with a light breeze upon your skin is the perfect way to spend the weekend.
We plan the meals together, but my husband is the grilling master in our house. I am in charge of coming up with the sauces and sides. Of course, we also have a pint-sized taste tester. That is the best part of grilling delicious food on the barbecue…eating food together as a family. And if it is messy, all the better!
In my post, The Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipes with a Twist, I referred to our love of using a smoker. A smoker imparts a flavor unparalleled. However, when working with smaller items, such as chicken wings, instead of larger cuts of meats like briskets, we encountered a bit of an issue. Enter a nifty, new gadget that solved all of our woes!
How to Grill Chicken with an Innovative New Gadget
*I was given the following item for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Super Bowl Sunday we wanted to serve chicken wings. They are easy to eat throughout the big game, as you can just grab one or two without missing a play. However, it took my hubby much longer to prepare these little tasty morsels than we had expected. He smoked the wings and then grilled them individually for that final “crust”. There was just so many and his tongs were flying trying to flip and turn each and every little wing.
Enter Cave Tools. Cave Tools make grilling gadgets specifically designed to bring out your inner Cave Man or Cave Woman. I was bestowed with the Chicken Wing and Leg Rack and decided to give chicken wings another try. You just place your chicken wings or legs in the rack and then place directly in your smoker or oven, or on the grill. When you are done, just throw it in the dishwasher. Genius!
Step One: Brine Your Chicken
There is some debate amongst the television chefs on whether or not to brine, but we love a good brine in my family. Brining helps to impart another layer of flavor and ensure that the meat is nice and juicy after cooking. A brine is basically like a big salt bath for your meat that helps tenderize the meat and bring out the flavor. Here is a basic recipe, but you can feel free to adlib. I love going through my pantry and emptying out seasonings. You can’t go wrong!
Step Two: Prepare Your Chicken
After brining, rinsing, and patting dry the chicken, I like to use a rub for some additional flavor. I like Trader’s Joe’s BBQ Grilling Rub with Coffee and Garlic, but you can’t go wrong with a liberal amount of salt and pepper either.
Next, grab your Cave Tools Chicken Wing and Leg Rack. It comes preassembled, so you only have to unfold the rack and place it on top of the tray. Cave Tools suggests placing some veggies on the tray to catch the drippings. We did not try this idea this time around, but I definitely will! Then, you just slide your wings or legs in the rack and it is ready to go!
Step Three: Cook Your Chicken
As I said, we love the smoker! It was so easy to just set the entire rack on the smoker and then just forget about it for a couple of hours. We got the smoker going to about 250 degrees and placed the rack with the wings on top of the smoker grate.There were a few wings left over, so we just placed those directly on the grate.
You want to smoke the wings for about 1.5-2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit. We use a special thermometer that reads both the temperature of the smoker and the internal temperature of the meat. Once the wings reach the desired temperature, brush them with your favorite barbecue sauce. We like to preheat our gas grill to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit and grill the wings for a few minutes after the smoker to crispen the skin.
Step Four: Eat!
The Cave Tools Grilling Rack ensured that the chicken was perfectly and evenly cooked. We used the rack without the tray, but I love the idea of veggies soaking up the grilled goodness or even making a gravy or sauce with the drippings.
We served our wings with homemade pasta salad, raw carrots and celery, and baked beans. Now, here is the real test. Will a toddler eat it? If yes, you know you have a winner! My toddler gobbled these wings right up! They were delicious!
The last thing any tired toddler mom wants to do after cooking for a crowd is a bunch of dishes. The Cave Tools Grilling Rack cleaned up like a breeze. I just rinsed it off, threw it in the dishwasher, and it came out looking like brand new. This grilling gadget ensures even cooking tender meat, and easy cleanup? This product is definitely a keeper!