On Tuesday, I was fortunate enough to receive a test sample of hot wing rub from Allegra Klett-Wilson of C-Dub’s BBQ Rub (@CDubsBBQRub on Twitter). Today, I finally had an opportunity to give this rub a test drive. I was told that this is a spicy rub, and I was certainly not disappointed.
As with all new rubs that I try, I gave this one a naked taste as soon as I brought it in from the mailbox. WOW! I immediately get hit by the heat in this rub. So on an errand this morning, I pick up a small pack of chicken wing drumettes for this test drive. The drumettes soak in a beer and water brine mixture for about an hour, after which they get a thin layer of olive oil and a generous sprinkling of the hot wing rub.
I decided to throw these wings on the grill using Kingsford Competition Charcoal Briquettes and cherry wood chips, and on went the wings.
While the wings were cooking, I had another decision that needed to be made. I still had some rub left over, and I needed to figure out what to do with it. And then the answer hit me: HOT WING SAUCE! So I concocted a quick hot wing sauce using butter, a mild homemade pepper sauce, the remaining hot wing rub, and just a little bit of sour cream.
After about 25 minutes on the grill, the wings came off and got saucy.
As I took my first bite, I noticed that the rub did not overpower the chicken at all but complemented it really well. As I took another bite, I wondered if the rub had a different effect when applied to food as opposed to a “naked taste”. By bite #5, I found the heat. It was a slow building heat that swelled to a dramatic crescendo in my mouth and on my lips. It was a sweet, sweet burn! Out of the 9 wings, I finished 5 of them. I bagged the remaining 4 wings along with some leftover wing sauce and put in the refrigerator for another time (which turned out to be about 2 1/2 hours later).
Those of you who like heat levels more on the mild side may find this a bit intimidating. But if you are a fan of spicy foods, then this rub will work wonders on your poultry. I do not know when C-Dub’s will bring this product to market, but let’s hope it is very very soon!
Website for C-Dub’s BBQ Rub: http://www.cdubsrub.com