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Bloody Mary Bat Wings: Black as Night, Hot as Hell

Hot sauce? Check. Bloody Mary mix? Check. The creepiest, most vile-looking chicken wings you've ever seen? You better believe it. If there's ever a time to eat something that looks like it flew straight out of hell, it's Halloween. Of course, this recipe from Smoky Ribs BBQ also packs enough flavor to be a part of your grill game year-round.

Bat Wings

  • 24 ounces Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black food dye
  • 18-24 fresh whole chicken wings
  • 1¬Ĺ cups Bloody Mary mix 
  • Splash hot sauce, to taste
  • 3-4 splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • ¬Ĺ lime, juiced
  • Red food dye
  • Cornstarch slurry
  • Celery salt
  • Fresh-cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Combine 24 ounces of hot sauce with 1¬†tablespoon of black food dye, and mix¬†well.
  • Place the¬†chicken wings into a 1-gallon Ziploc¬†bag and cover them with black hot sauce.¬†Seal, and toss the chicken in the marinade until thoroughly covered. Place the bag in the¬†refrigerator¬†and flip it¬†every 30 minutes for 3 hours.
  • While the chicken is marinating, pour the Bloody Mary mix into a pot.¬†Bring it to a¬†simmer, and then add¬†several dashes of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, and 1 tablespoon of¬†red food dye. Bring the mixture to a simmer again, and¬†add 2¬†tablespoons of cornstarch slurry to thicken.
  • Remove the wings from the Ziploc¬†bag. Place them in a¬†shallow dish to catch the drippings, and inject¬†the Bloody Mary mixture into the¬†drumettes¬†and the flats of each wing. Once all wings are fully injected, place them on a grill or smoker over indirect heat. Season with celery salt and pepper, and¬†cook¬†until they reach an internal temperature of¬†170¬įF.
  • Remove the wings from the grill. Garnish with fresh parsley, and serve with celery sticks and the¬†dressing¬†of your choice. (Note: Because of the vibrancy¬†of the Bloody Mary injection, the wings will look and¬†appear raw even when fully cooked, which is why it's¬†important to check them with an internal thermometer¬†before taking them off the grill.)¬†

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