Sous Vide Chicken Wings
Meat Hacks: Sous Vide Chicken Wings
Learn about cooking Chicken Wings Sous Vide Style with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.
Sous Vide Chicken Wings
We have been playing around with our new Vacmaster SV1 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator a lot recently, we’ve done steaks, Eggs, Carrots and a few other things but one thing I’ve been wanting to try is Wings. I love chicken wings but always have a hard time getting them to come out as crispy at home as they are in a restaurant so I figured I’d try to cook them sous vide and seeing if that helps.
I started with whole wings and cut them up into drumsticks, wingettes (also known as the best type of wing) and the tips. First thing you need to do is separate the tip, next throw the tip out, they are useless as they are all skin and bone. Next slice some of the skin connecting the drumstick to the wingette and then cut down through the joint to separate them.
We are going to be using two dry shakes and two wing sauces today. For the dry shakes we have Bloody Mary Wing Shake and our overall favorite Garlic Romano Wing Shake. I use this garlic Romano on everything, it’s good on so much more than just wings! I lightly seasoned both sides of the wings and then put them in a vac bag. For the Sauces I put the wings in the vac bag first and then added the sauce.
Next, we vacuum packed them with the Vacmaster VP215 to get a nice tight seal so the heat from the water could come into contact with the entire wing. I set our SV1 to 160 degrees and set it up for 4 hours.
Once the four hours are done we are going to take them out of the package, pat them dry with a paper towel and let them come back down to room temperature. Next I will roll them in some flour and fry them in some peanut oil, though you can use canola oil just as easily. Get the oil up to 400° and let them until they are nice and crispy, since we have already sous vide them we don’t need to worry about the internal temp, we are just trying to get them to crisp up.
For the wings we did in sauce we are going to put them in a bowl with more of the sauce and coat them again.
So the wings were cooked perfectly all the way through, they were incredibly tender and had an amazing taste. For whatever reason they werent as crispy as I would have liked. I think there were two reasons for that. First, I don’t think I let them cool and dry enough between sous vide cooking and frying, I was just too excited to get to it. Second, it was cold and windy and I didn’t want to wait outside anymore for the oil to heat up so I put them in at 360°, I should have waited till 400°. Either way the wings were incredible and I will use Sous Vide cooking to make them again!
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The W Summer (4550300082) might be the most mild of all the ones you listed. That doesn’t make it bad at all just a very mild flavor
Summer 107 (4550300032) Similar to H, contains mustard seed but I don’t think it is whole.
Summer Sausage Seasoning (4550300012) Very similar to the 107 in flavor, has whole mustard seed.
H - Summer (G4550300070) is our best selling Summer Sausage Seasoning, contains whole mustard seed. If you are looking for a peppery seasoning this is the best one to use for a base and add some black pepper. This would be the basic summer seasoning favored by most employees and customer.
Another option, if you are making 100 lb batches or don’t mind breaking down the seasoning into smaller batches, would be the Ton’s Summer Seasoning (4550806642) It has a very good flavor and is pretty peppery if I remember correctly, I pepper is listed higher in the ingredients list than any of the others… Of all of the basic Summer Sausage seasonings (excluding ones like Jalapeno and Habanero BBQ) this is the second best scoring one amongst employees.
@tincuptom i can only speak to the H summer sausage seasoning, but it has a lot better taste than the backwoods. Not a lot of pepper (you could add more I am sure) but it is a good solid flavor profile. I did not use the ECA for the tang, but plan on doing it this week in a batch. You can’t go wrong with the H seasoning!
I have been in search for a summer sausage seasoning with black pepper but couldn’t find one. I’m new at this so the H Summer Sausage is the only one I have used so I can’t give you any comparisons with the other 3, but you mentioned black pepper so thought I would share my first experience.
So I used Waltons H Summer Sausage and mixed in about a quarter cup of fine black pepper. I liked the results and several others did as well. It had a light pepper taste and I probably will add a little more in the next batch for a slightly stronger flavor. I used 25 lbs of venison and 4lbs of beef fat to keep it on the leaner side. Good luck, Bob
thanks. As it turned out I did use a pork butt, cost only $1.48/# on sale and pork fat appears to be running about 50 cents more. Pure fat is a lot harder to come by, guessing because there is just less of it – supply and demand. One recipe I was using called out pork fat and I directly substituted the ground pork butt and it tasted fine even at a 25% ratio. The other sausage experimental batch I made with 50% and it is even better. So, 50/50 is the future now. thanks for your input folks!
@Jeff-Allen While the 26 and 33 lb sausage stuffers absolutely will make 19mm snack sticks the reduced size of the piston on the 11 lb model does make it easier. I have made snack sticks with all of the sizes and especially when you are working by yourself the 11 lb is easier to do.