Honey Blueberry Barbecued Wings | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 21

With football season in full swing, here’s a Maine take on the traditional barbecued wing, full of blueberry goodness. Maine has 44,000 acres of wild blueberries that grow in fields that stretch from the Down East coast to the southwest corner. They are adapted to Maine’s naturally acidic, low fertility soil and cold winters. These honey blueberry barbecued wings are some of the best sticky barbecued wings out there, and we hope you enjoy this little taste of Maine.
Start off with a pound of premium wings and get the grill ready. The blueberry sauce will take some prep time, so allow one hour of cook time beforehand. Once the wings are almost finished on the grill, repeatedly glaze the wings with the sauce until they are thoroughly coated. You can also add honey to taste.

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, finely diced
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic
3½ cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 large apple diced
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
½ cup strong black coffee
½ cup bourbon (or substitute apple juice)
1 cup ketchup
½ cup apple juice
¼ cup brown sugar ¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup balsamic vinegar ½ tsp black pepper ½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chipotle powder 1 tbsp smoked paprika ½ tsp cinnamon

In a medium sized saucepan heat oil and cook the onion, shallot and garlic over medium-low heat until softened but not browned.
Add all the other ingredients, stir well and simmer over low heat for about 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has reduced, the apples have softened and the mixture begins to thicken.
Let the sauce cool before pureeing until smooth in a food processor or blender.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you are using it within a week or so or freeze it in airtight containers.

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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