ISO smoked chicken wing recipe
For an upcoming halloween party I was thinking "smoked bat wings" would be a nice party dish - problem is I've never tried smoking anything before and don't really have any tried and true recipes to fall back on. Any hounds have a good recipe for me? Oh and the darker the wings come out the better. I can smoke on the stove top or with a charcoal grill - but obviously don't have a smoker - so instruction on setting up the "smoker" would be much appreciated.
Marinate in soy sauce plus some molasses or oyster sauce plus whatever spices you like (grated or dried ginger, five-spice and garlic would be my choice), plus a shot or two of espresso (maybe 1 shot per 2 lbs of wings). I've not actually used espresso with chicken, but it does work with beef and it does add a somewhat smokey note and should darken the wings nicely if you let them marinate overnight, so if you're brave enough to try this, let me know if it works.
As for smoking without a smoker, I'd use the grill, if for no other reason than not having the house smell like an arson scene for a week. Pile the coals on one side and put the wings on the opposite side. Periodically toss damp hardwood chips or sawdust onto the hot coals, and rearrange the wings to cook evenly. After about 30 minutes the wings will probably be dark and smokey, but not cooked through. Finish in the oven if necessary.
I've tea smoked fish before. Don't see why it wouldn't work with wings. I'd marinate as per Zeldogs idea... just cause it sounds pretty awesome and then smoke using following method.
Line your wok with at least 8 layers of alfoil. Add ic up dry, uncooked rice, 1 cup of Oolong tea leaves and 1 cup og brown sugar. Arrange wings on rack over mix and put on wok lid. Wrap the whole shebang in more alfoil until sealed. Put wok over med gas flame for about 30 mins. Allow to cool slightly before unwrapping.