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CNHI News Service Originals

September 28, 2012

BBQ: Buffalo chicken – smoked and grilled

If I had to pick a food that absolutely puts a smile on my face every time I encounter it, it would be Buffalo wings.

It's one of those foods that has a mystique to it, and true Buffalo chicken wing connoisseurs are highly opinionated as to what the authentic recipe is as well as the correct preparation of the dish itself.

Don't believe me? Check out my video recipe called “Authentic Buffalo Wings” on

my YouTube channel and peruse the viewer comments. They get rather enthusiastic, and at times rude.

Oh well, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

By the way, my YouTube channel is www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay. Search for “Authentic Buffalo Wings.”

The authentic recipe uses skin-on wings which are deep fried - a definite double cholesterol whammy.

You then dip them in bleu cheese dressing, making them a triple play of heart clogging proportions.

But wait! You serve it with carrots and celery, making this a health dish. Yeah, not so much.

So we make a healthy version more frequently, which is very popular. We use skinless chicken breasts instead of the more fattening wings, and we smoke and grill them instead of deep frying them. The sauce and the bleu cheese remains the same, although we do mix a little ranch dressing into the bleu cheese to smooth out the bleu cheese flavor.

Authentic Buffalo Sauce

• 2/3 cup Franks Hot Sauce

• 1/3 stick of unsalted butter

• 1/8 cup of white wine vinegar

• 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

• 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Melt the butter into the Franks sauce over medium heat. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a low boil while constantly stirring. Remove from heat.

Set up your grill with indirect heat. If gas, leave one or two burners turned off. If charcoal, pile burning coals on one side of the grill. If you want a smoky flavor, sprinkle with hickory chips or use a

hickory log to keep the coals in the corner.

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