WASHINGTON — Chicken wings are perfect for tailgate party
Here are two tasty treats for the tailgate this week.
The first is Asian chicken wings. These are sticky and sweet and everyone loves them.
They can either be grilled and/or done in a slow cooker, if you have access to power at you tailgate. I prefer precooking them and then throwing them on the grill.
1/2 cup of water
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup minced ginger
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
juice from 2 limes
pinch of red pepper flakes
Heat and stir
Take 3 lbs. of separated chicken wings and put them in the wet mixture and marinate for 24-36 hours in the refrigerator. One can then put them in the slow cooker or an oven and cook them in the marinade. When they are cooled, drain off the liquid and put them in the cooler until it is time to grill. When you get to the tailgate, throw them on the grill on medium heat and brush with a little commercial teriyaki or hosin sauce until the skin is crispy and sticky and enjoy.
For dessert, there is nothing better than hot chocolate chip cookies. They are so much better than cookies that have been living in a plastic package for two weeks.
All you need is a cookie sheet, some oven parchment paper and Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough. When the grill is clear, heat it up to about 450 degrees, put the cookies on the sheet and put them in and turn the grill back down to about 325 degrees. Let them bake until they are done (roughly what is on the package, but still watch them closely).
Serve them hot, especially on a cold day. You will eventually become famous for this and after you pass on to the great tailgate in the sky, people will forever speak of that glorious day they had hot fresh chocolate chip cookies at the Indiana-Penn State game. You will be a legend.
This week the tailgate drink will be the Dr. Julius Pepper, a cocktail honoring the former Carolina Panther and Chicago Bear defensive end.
This is a beer cocktail that tastes very similar to a Dr. Pepper soft drink, although it does not contain any DP.
It is very simple, just a half pint of beer, add a splash of cola for color and a dropped in shot of Amaretto (just like a depth charge). You will be very surprised how very similar it tastes to a Dr. Pepper.
A word of warning though, they tend to go down way too easy and when they hit, they hit like Julius Pepper — and trust me, you will need a Dr.