Recipe courtesy of Dale Talde

Hickory-Smoked Jerk Chicken Wings with Pickled Pineapple

Dale Talde doesn't specialize in barbecue, but he does love Miami, so participating in this event was a no-brainer. "There are dudes who take this stuff way seriously," Dale says. "I wasn't trying to win." Instead, he set out to create a dish that spoke to the climate in Miami: smoked jerk chicken wings, seared on the grill at the last minute, and a side of pickled pineapple. "I wanted to foil the jerk spice with something refreshing," he says. "You don't need the pineapple, but it's awesome!"
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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr (plus overnight marinating)
  • Active: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup fresh thyme

1 small Vidalia onion, finely diced

5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

2 habanero chile peppers, roughly chopped

1/3 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

Kosher salt

4 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, tips removed

1 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (from about 12 limes)

1 1/2 cups fresh orange juice (from about 6 oranges)

1/2 cup fresh yuzu juice (or use another citrus juice)

1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and julienned

1/2 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced

3 roasted red peppers, julienned

2 cups packed fresh cilantro

2 cups hickory wood chips

Directions

  1. Make the marinade for the wings: Puree the cilantro, thyme, onion, garlic, chiles, lime juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cumin and 2 teaspoons salt in a blender until smooth. Put the chicken wings in a large bowl and pour in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Make the pickled pineapple: Combine the vinegar and sugar in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime, orange and yuzu juices. Add the pineapple, onion, roasted red peppers and 2 tablespoons salt. Let sit at room temperature until the pineapple is completely cool and tender, at least 3 hours. Add the cilantro.
  3. Make the wings: Soak the wood chips in water at least 30 minutes; drain. Heat a charcoal grill and prepare for indirect grilling: Bank the coals to one side, leaving the other side empty. Set up a drip pan on the empty side. Let the fire burn down to a very low heat (165 degrees F to 175 degrees F). Scatter some of the wood chips over the hot coals. Remove the wings from the marinade (no need to wipe them off) and arrange on the cooler side of the grill, over the drip pan. Cover the grill and adjust the vents to maintain a low heat. Cook 2 hours, adding more wood chips halfway through and more charcoal as needed.
  4. Remove the wings from the grill. Spread out the coals and bring the grill temperature up to medium high (325 degrees F to 350 degrees F). Grill the wings over direct heat, covered and turning often, until the meat easily pulls away from the bone, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with the pickled pineapple.