Alabama White Wings

Geez…it’s been a long time. I s’pose I could give you a dozen reasons why I haven’t done a blog post in a while, but I’m not that kinda guy, this isn’t that type of blog and you probably don’t care. So I’ll just give you one…

Meet Duke
Meet Duke

I’m sure you don’t want to see a ton of baby pics. Nobody does unless they are family or close friends, but let me say he’s already made a pilgrimage to Lockhart. And while he didn’t get to try the brisket (come on, he only had two teeth at the time), I know he’s looking forward to it.

Duke's first trip to Black's BBQ in Lockhart, Texas
Duke’s first trip to Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, Texas

OK. On to the real reason you are here. BBQ. You know my obsession with wings. My fifth food group. Love just about any type of wing out there. I’ll try any kind and I’m always searching for new recipes. So why did it never occur to me to add Alabama white sauce? No clue, but when Mrs. G showed me the recipe in her latest Southern Living, I knew it was on.

Now, I’m no expert on Alabama sauce. Never been there. Never eaten it out at a BBQ joint. I’ve made it once, but I have no idea how authentic that, or this recipe, was, but I was willing to try it. For you guys. ‘Cause that’s the kinda guy I am.

As I mentioned, this recipe came from Southern Living. June 2015 issue, page 118. I did make one change to the recipe. It called for Creole Mustard. I didn’t have any, so I used Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard. Didn’t feel like going to the store and I figured it was close enough. Oh, and I didn’t oil my wings and toss with salt and pepper. I skipped the oil and used John Henry’s Texas Chicken Tickler rub, although any good bbq or chicken rub would work.

Alabama White Sauce

  • 1/3 cup Mayo (We use Duke’s)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp Creole mustard (or spicy brown)
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 1 finely grated garlic clove

Makes about 2/3 cup which will be plenty for about 3 lbs of wings

Whisk together all the ingredients a coupla hours ahead of time, or overnight if you have the time, and park it in the fridge until you are ready to use

I’m not going to get into how to grill wings again. I’ve done it plenty of times. In fact, I don’t even do them the same way twice anymore. Get your grill somewhere around 400-450F indirect, cook turning every so often until temp reaches 175-180F. Thirty, forty minutes or so. Or a coupla beers. I don’t know. I wasn’t paying attention. Just enjoying the evening You really can’t overdo wings like you can a chicken breast, and that higher temp gets you a crispy skin.

Grill chicken wings indirect
Grill chicken wings indirect

When the wings are done, place them in a large bowl and pour the sauce over and toss to coat.

Getting happy
Getting happy in the sauce

Once the wings are nice and coated, grab a roll of paper towels, or a real towel, dig in and enjoy.

Dinner is served
Dinner is served

I really wanted to have some tater tots on the side, but I remembered I didn’t have what you would call a healthy lunch, so I opted for a salad instead.

I thought the wings were pretty good. Interesting for sure. Creamy and tangy. And messy…like all wings should be. Mrs. G used the words “Unique” and “Different” and “Tangy”. Not my favorite wing ever, but not bad. I’d probably do them again. Maybe even try it with some half chickens or chicken pieces.

Like I said before, I have no idea if the sauce is authentic, so please don’t come cursing me and saying that this isn’t real Alabama sauce. And that no self respecting Alabaman (is that right?) would make it that way. I’m just a guy following a recipe.

I’m gonna try and start writing some more posts again. I’m not gonna promise one a week, or every other week. I don’t want to lie to you or myself. Hell, I might not make one a month. I’ve got other things that are demanding my attention, but when I get time and when I stumble on a good recipes worth sharing, I’ll try to get them up here for you. For now, I’ll leave you with one final parting shot…

Is there anything cuter than a sleeping baby on your lap? Goodnight.
Is there anything cuter than a sleeping baby on your lap? Goodnight.
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28 thoughts on “Alabama White Wings

  1. What a cutie! You do know that when baby photos are put up alongside food photos, no one even notices the food, right? I figure in a couple more teeth that young’un will be be gnawing on the brisket. Congratulations.

  2. Totally valid reason for not posting!! We have pretty much the same excuse for not posting on our Winnipeggheads blog, with a second one on the way in a few more weeks. Maybe some day would love to get back to it. I will enjoy your posts even if they are infrequent! PS: what a handsome little man you have there!!

  3. Congratulations! Just became a grandpa myself last June. BBQ’ing is all about slowing down and enjoying life’s treasures, and that my friend is the greatest treasure of them all. Nothing like rolling smoke and rocking the baby under the shade of an old oak. ENJOY! Oh and as to Alabama white sauce, I can take it or leave it.

  4. What a cute little feller he his, congrats! I’ve tried a version of Alabama White Sauce but I used it on chunks of chicken and skewered them into kabobs. I don’t have any idea if the version I made is authentic either, because I’m from Texas too, lol. (OK I am assuming you are from Texas since you mentioned Lockhart.) 🙂

    1. Yup, we’re from Texas. Best state in the country. We pass through Lockhart every time we head down to the ranch and try and stop there or in Luling to grab some BBQ. Kabobs, huh? That sounds like it would work great. You use chicken thighs?

  5. Great looking boy! And great looking wings! You know he’ll never remember that trip to Lockhart, so you’d better plan on taking him back there (again and again). Congrats to you and your family. 🙂

  6. Congrats!!!!! Such a cool little dude! Looks like you have lost some weight…we will have our 2nd boy August 31st at noon! Duke photos are okay with me!!! Glad to see you back – missed your posts!

  7. Duke is getting big Griffin! My how life changes…. For the good! 🙂

    The wings looks phenomenal. If I am ever batching it sometime, I want to try these. The wife doesn’t appreciate wings like I do.

    1. Seems like wives just don’t get it. At least, most don’t. Mine will tolerate them, even enjoy them, but not like I do.

      Life definitely has changed for the better, like you said. I knew it would, but not how much. 🙂

  8. Awesome first post to read! Verry recognizable! You have a beautiful son over there! Not easy to combine both, making sure no burners and taking pictures of what you’re doing at the same time haha. Seems like you managed well!
    I’ll try this recipe ones too! Never saw them before!

    Cheers from Europe

  9. Duke looks like an awesome dude, congratulations! I like your variation, I haven’t had a white sauce with mustard like that and I think that will boost the flavor.

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