Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Virtual Potluck, OXO, and Bite and Booze present Cruzan Rum and Cane Syrup Brined Turkey Wings with Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce

Cruzan Rum and Cane Syrup Brined Turkey Wings
OXO recently sent me a gift pack with all sorts of amazing goodies for a Virtual Potluck Thanksgiving.  There were silicon pot holders with magnets, poultry shears, a turkey baster, a fat separator, an adjustable potato ricer, a digital thermometer, and a silicone basting brush.  Happy holidays, indeed.  So the challenge was to cook up something for Thanksgiving using a handful of the products.  Since chicken wings wouldn't be all that "Thanksgiving" of me, and since I recently re-established my love of turkey legs at the State Fair, I thought that perhaps some Sasquatch sized turkey wings could hit the spot!  I started them off in an overnight brine of Cruzan aged rum and Steen's cane syrup.

Removing Turkey Wings from Oven with OXO Silicone Pot Holders

1 Cup Cruzan Rum
1 Cup Steen's Cane Syrup
2 Tbs Salt
2 Tbs Black Peppercorns
Water to Cover

Mix together rum, syrup, salt, and peppercorns.  Our over turkey wings in a container to brine overnight.  Add water to cover the wings, shake to mix everything together, and refrigerate over night.

The OXO Digital Thermometer
After the brine, I dried the turkey legs off and placed them in a large pan.  I rubbed the outside with my own Jay D's Blazin' BBQ Rub, then put them in the oven at 350F for an hour.

Jay D's Blazin' BBQ Rub:
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Black Pepper
1 Cup Smoked Paprika
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Chile Powder
1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
1/4 Cup Onion Powder
2 Tbs Cayenne

Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Store extra in a spice jar or shaker of some sort.

OXO Basting Brush is Perfect for BBQ Sauce!
 After an hour in the oven, I used the OXO digital thermometer to ensure I had reached at least 165F inside the turkey wing.  That's the "cooked throughout" temperature for chicken and turkey, in case you were wondering.  I flipped the turkey wings over to get to the under side.  Using the OXO silicon basting brush, I slathered a generous portion of Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce on the wings (you don't get that recipe!).  I put them back in the oven for 10 minutes, then flipped them over, gave the other side a fresh coating of sauce, and returned them to the oven for another 20 minutes.  After that, I feasted on my rum and cane syrup brined turkey wings with Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce!  Tasty!

Cruzan Rum and Cane Syrup Brined Turkey Wings with Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce

But wait... there's more!

Do you want some OXO goodies of your own in time for Christmas?  I've got some to give away!  Here's how you enter:

1) Share this post on your Facebook wall tagging Jay D's Bite and Booze Blog for one entry
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All entries will be tallied and I'll use random.org to pick the winner!  One lucky person will receive the exact same gift bundle from OXO that I did, which means silicon pot holders with magnets, poultry shears, a turkey baster, a fat separator, an adjustable potato ricer, a digital thermometer, and a silicone basting brush! I'll keep taking entries through Cyber Monday!

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  1. Your turkey wings look fantastic! I want Santa to bring me some Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce for Christmas. Just sayin'.

  2. Tequila Lime brine for chicken wings or whole roaster

    1/4 cup tequila, 1 lime, juiced, 1/2 cup warm water, 1/3 cup kosher salt or sea salt, 1/4 honey, 1 tsp grated lime rind, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/4 tsp ground coriander, 1 jalapeno halved

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  3. Those wings look great!

    I tweeted: https://mobile.twitter.com/niftyfoodie/status/271054870214238209

  4. shared on fb https://www.facebook.com/christopher.sorel/posts/203486899786797

  5. tweet https://twitter.com/cjsorel/status/271081297676480512

  6. cane syrup and rum with some hot sauce make a great rib glaze

  7. How about using tequila and oranges?

  8. I shared on facebook. My husband would love these turkey wings. https://www.facebook.com/bonnie.karoly/posts/167599080048837

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  10. I see someone already mentioned the tequila and lime. I wonder how it would taste with beer and sriracha.

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  11. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/grobiemum/status/271084999720189953

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  12. I shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeffrey.lammers.7/posts/495575787129607

  13. I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/271086912297631745

  14. A brine I would suggest would be whiskey, honey and orange juice/zest. I consider myself a turkey breast kinda guy but you sure do make the dark meat look appetizing!

  15. Recipe looks great. Try it soon

  16. How about a hard cider brine...

  17. Share on Facebook. Shared it on Twitter and I already follow OXO on both as well

  18. You said nothing about leaving separate posts...so I'll do it anyway....

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  20. Here's a recipe for a coconut brine that looks interesting: http://blog.ideasinfood.com/ideas_in_food/2011/10/corrective-seasoning.html

    I would make it boozy by adding some Malibu rum (which happens to be my fave!)


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