Sunday, July 5, 2015

High Gravity Beer Wings

     Spicy Beer wings!
     Beer Wings have been popular for a few years now.  Beer Wings are marinated in beer, red chile powder and seasonings before they are cooked.  
     Beer Wings are roasted and they are not fried.  The reason that Beer Wings are roasted is because deep frying causes most of the beer flavor and aroma to disappear.  Roasted Beer Wings have a very nice beer aroma.

     Fancy imported beer or craft beer is pricy and it may not be the best choice for today's recipe.  Hoppy craft beer can impart an earthy disagreeable flavor, especially if the hops selection is within the realm of being a traditional goat sedative that historically was deemed as not being fit for human consumption.  
     Cheap mass produced domestic American rice beer is a poor choice, because the flavor is too weak.  The best choice of domestic beer for beer wings is a High Gravity Lager.  Colt 45, Steel 211 and Camo are good examples of extra malty domestic lagers.  
     High Gravity Lager is a type of Malt Liquor.  Malt Liquors are brewed with the goal of producing a higher alcohol content.  More malt in the brew equates to more available sugar.  More sugar equates to more alcohol production.  In Las Vegas, High Gravity Lagers have 8% to 12.5% alcohol content.  
     Because extra malt is used to create a higher alcohol content, the high gravity beer has a richer malt flavor than the average domestic beer.  A strong high gravity domestic beer flavor is perfect for beer wings, because the flavor is drier than traditional sweet malty Baltic or Belgian style beer.    

     Usually the choice of chile peppers in a beer wings recipe is on the mild side.  Cayenne pepper or Chinese chile powder (chile japones) are good choices for beer wings, because they have a mild to medium spicy heat range.  These two chile pepper choices will not overpower the beer flavor or aroma.

     High Gravity Beer Wings:
     This recipe yields 6 wings or 12 wing pieces.  
     Step 1:  Cut the wing tips off of 6 whole chicken wings.  (Save the wing tips for making broth for another recipe.)
     Cut through the wing joint to separate the wings from the drumettes.
     Step 2:  Place the chicken wings and drumettes in a mixing bowl.
     Add 3/4 cup of high gravity lager beer.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or Chinese chile powder.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground anatto.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Spanish Paprika.
     Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Toss the ingredients together.
     Step 3:  Marinate the wings in a refrigerator for 1 hour.  Toss the wings with the marinade occasionally.
     Step 4:  Lightly brush a small roasting pan with vegetable oil.
     Place the beer wings and the marinade in the roasting pan. 
     Slow roast the beer wings in a 290ºF to 300ºF oven, till they are fully cooked.  Toss the beer wings in the pan occasionally, as they bake, so they cook evenly.  Allow the excess liquid to evaporate.  
     *Slow roasting at a low temperature will help to retain the beer flavor!  Beer wings should not be excessively browned and they should be a red color when fully cooked.
     Step 5:  Remove the pan from the oven.  
     Sprinkle 1 or 2 pinches of Spanish Paprika over the wings.
     Step 6:  Place a bed of Italian Parsley sprigs on a plate.
     Arrange the high gravity beer wings on the bed of parsley.
     The first thing that a guest will notice is the aroma of extra malty beer.  High Gravity Beer Wings are great for a ballgame party!  

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