To cook the perfect piece of meat is one thing, but to enhance the flavor of the meat is another.
The barbecue pros will create a flavor profile by a process called “layering”.
Layering simple means combining 2 to 3 off the shelf seasonings that complement each other.
Do not mix them together but layer them over each other.
A basic layering works as follows:
1st layer (White) a seasoning heavy in salt. Salt brings out the flavor in the meat and helps with retaining some moisture.
2nd (Red) a seasoning with a little cayenne or chili but not over powering. Just a slight “kick”.
3rd layer (Brown) a seasoning high in brown or white sugar. It balances the kick and gives great color.
Example L to R: White, Red, Brown
So think white, red, brown when coming up with a profile.
Not all seasonings will work well together.
It requires experimenting, and also figuring out what your own flavor profile is.
At GrillBillies, we experiment with the seasonings we sell to create flavor profiles we like.
Click here to see the combinations we use or rummage through your spice rack and start experimenting.
This is a recipe that everyone seems to really enjoy when we serve it at the store. We normally cook the wings on a Meadow Creek BBQ 26S or 42 but they can just as easily be cooked any grill.
- Split Jumbo Chicken Wings (base quantity on # of guests)
- 1.1 lbs. Oakridge Game Changer All Purpose Brine
- 13.5 oz. Willingham’s Original Mild Seasoning
Grill direct heat.
25- 30 minutes (dependent on grill temp)
- Mix Game Changer according to label instructions.
- Let wings brine for 2-3 hours.
- Rinse wings and dry.
- Put wings in a plastic bag and add enough Willingham’s Original Mild to sufficiently coat the wings (for a little “kick” add a small amount of Willingham’s Hot Stuff).
- Let wings sit in the fridge for about an hour.
- Place wings on a hot grill.
- Turn as needed to keep from burning.
- Wings are ready when the internal temp reaches 165 to 175 degrees.
- Remove and serve.