Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sticky Wings Glazed with Sweet-and-Tangy Carolina Mustard BBQ – A Super Bowl Recipe by Cleo Coyle

Whether you’re cheering for the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday, these amazing Sticky Wings glazed with sweet-and-tangy Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce are sure to cheer your taste buds.

Growing up in the Northeast, Marc and I rarely saw a barbecue sauce that wasn't tomato based. On a trip to South Carolina in recent years, however, we fell in love with the very different flavors found in that region's famous mustard-based sauce. 

We liked it so much that we published our own version in our latest culinary mystery DEAD TO THE LAST DROP.

While our crime story revolves around the disappearance of the US President’s college-age daughter, a brilliant young pianist who gets to know our amateur sleuth through frequent visits to her D.C. coffeehouse, the culinary aspect of our mystery focuses on American Recipes—and Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce is a great one. 

According to food historians, mustard sauces can be traced back to ancient Rome, but mustard-based barbecue began its life in America in the 1740s when the British paid thousands of German families to take up residence on free land in South Carolina. 

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Now let’s start cooking, 
and in plenty of time for...

Super Bowl 50 on Sunday
February 7th, 2016

And if you're not a football fan, there's always Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl or...Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl

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Carolina-Style Mustard BBQ 
and Dipping Sauce 

from our new Coffeehouse Mystery, Dead to the Last Drop

This sauce makes an outstanding glaze for chicken or chicken wings, but it’s also great for dipping. The sweetness of the brown sugar is beautifully offset by the bright tang of the mustard. 

Marc and I use it to dip raw veggies, cocktail wieners, pretzels, chicken tenders, and fried shrimp. It even doubles as a tasty salad dressing. However you use it, we hope you'll eat with joy!

 ~ Cleo

Yield: about 1-1/2 cups


1 cup yellow mustard
1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
8 tablespoons dark brown sugar (to taste)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1⁄2 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a glass or plastic container and shake well. Chill for an hour or overnight for the flavors to properly blend.

Sticky Chicken Wings Glazed with 
Carolina Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Dead to the Last Drop

The bright, sweet-and-tangy glaze on these sticky wings literally makes them finger lickin’ good! ~ Cleo

Serves 4


10‑12 premium chicken wings, cut into thirds, tips discarded
1 cup Carolina-Style Mustard BBQ and Dipping Sauce (recipe above)

To cook in your oven:

Step 1—Prepare chicken and pan: Line a shallow baking or roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Coat the foil with a non-stick cooking spray. Place wings in the pan, at least an inch apart.

Step 2—Bake and baste: Preheat oven to 350° F. Place your pan of chicken in the middle rack. After 15 minutes, remove pan and generously brush the mustard sauce on each chicken wing. Cook for another 15 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, flip each wing and brush the opposite side. Bake another 15 minutes. Flip chicken pieces one last time and generously brush on a final coat of sauce. Return chicken to oven for another 20 to 25 minutes. Total cooking time is a 60 to 70 minutes.

To cook on your grill

Step 1—Prep the wings: Roll chicken wings in vegetable oil and shake off excess. You want a nice, light coating. Sprinkle salt on all sides. If you are using a charcoal grill, you must create a cool area where there are fewer coals.

Step 2—Grill: Lay the chicken wings on the hot side and grill for 5‑10 minutes, depending on how hot the grill is (you do not want the chicken to burn). Once you have a good sear on one side, move the chicken pieces to the cool part of the grill (if you are using a gas grill, lower the heat to medium low). Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Step 3—Turn and sauce: Turn the chicken wings over and brush with mustard sauce. Cover again and allow to cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat, turning the chicken pieces over, basting them with sauce, covering, and cooking for another 15 to 20 minutes. 

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Eat with Joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

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  1. thanks for this Cleo--the recipe could even work for someone chained to a low-sodium diet! (if careful with type of mustard)

    Hope you guys are all dug out from Jonas! xo

  2. These sound and look great!
    I never thought about buying a container big enough to give me a cup of mustard.
    It might be worth making the wings just for that experience! ;o)

  3. These look amazing and perfect for the super bowl! I can't wait to see the ads!

    ~Daryl / Avery

  4. A am a huge chicken wing fan and I also make a similar mustard dip for them and other foods, but my husband loves the stoneground mustard/brown mustard instead of the yellow mustard. I am going to try this recipe with the yellow mustard again for dipping pretzels or other item for our super bowl party at our daughter's house. Thank you so much for the recipe. I love finding new recipes or being reminded of one that I used to make and have not thought about using in awhile. Thank you for your great information, Cleo/Alice.

    Cynthia Blain

  5. That's a wonderful combination of ingredients, Cleo. I'm drooling just thinking about those wings!

  6. I'm not a football fan but I am a fan of the food! I will have some of the food around and a good book. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by today. With the Carolina Panthers on their way to Super Bowl 50, this recipe seemed a natural to share.

    Of course, as I said in the post, mustard sauces have been around since ancient Rome, but if you've never made one before, instructions can be helpful...and Marc and I hope you enjoy ours.

    Have a great winter week, folks. Stay cozy!

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”

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  8. My husband is so excited to make these wings...we decided to make our own this year for the super bowl. Thank you!