Firecracker Chicken Wings

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

Prep Time:
30 min
Inactive Prep Time:
30 min
Cook Time:
20 min

Level:
Intermediate

Serves:
4 servings

Ingredients

5 pounds chicken wings
1 cup honey
1/3 cup chili-garlic sauce
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup sweet soy sauce
3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon minced green onions, for garnish
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish

Directions

Cook’s Note: Chili-garlic sauce and Sriracha sauce can be found in the ethnic foods aisle at your local supermarket or online.

Cut the chicken wings apart at the joints and discard the tips. Combine 6 cups water, 1/4 cup of the honey, 1/4 cup of the chili-garlic sauce and the salt in a large glass bowl. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the wings and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

To make the basting and dipping sauce, combine the remaining chili-garlic sauce, remaining honey, sweet soy sauce, Sriracha, low-sodium soy sauce, ginger and vinegar in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside half of the sauce for serving in order to avoid contamination.

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Drain the wings and sprinkle them with sea salt and pepper. Grill the wings until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, turning as needed. When the wings reach the right color, continue cooking over indirect heat until they’re at the desired doneness, then baste them with the sauce, turning as needed until the wings are glossy and well coated. Garnish the wings with the green onions and sesame seeds and serve with the reserved dipping sauce.

Tequila BBQ Spare Ribs

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time:
3 hr 30 min

Level:
Easy

Serves:
4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

Two 4-pound slabs pork spare ribs, St. Louis style-cut
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
Tequila BBQ sauce, for serving, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Begin by trimming the ribs of any excess fat or sinew. Remove the thin membrane from the back side of the ribs and discard. Make the rub by combining the cumin, garlic, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper and ancho chile powder together in a mixing bowl.

Set a few large sheets of foil out (one set for each slab). Place 1 rack on each sheet and divide the dry rub between each slab. Rub the mixture into the ribs on both sides, and then fold the foil over to form a sealed pouch around each rack. At this stage make sure the racks are meat-side down. Place each pouch on a roasting tray and bake in the oven for 2 hours. After 2 hours, open up the foil and peel back so the ribs are exposed. Carefully turn the meat over so the meat side is on top, and then cook for 1 1/2 more hours with the open foil. When done, the ribs will be tender and the meat will have shrunk back from the bones. Finish under the broiler to add more color, 1 to 2 minutes.

Serve the ribs with Tequila BBQ Sauce.
Tequila BBQ Sauce:

1 small California/New Mexico dried chile
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white tequila
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon molasses
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Begin by placing the dried chile in a bowl with 1/4 cup hot water to rehydrate. In a medium saucepan, add the tomato paste, light brown sugar, tequila, lime juice, garlic and molasses. Stir well and bring to a gentle simmer. Add in the chile and soaking water, season with salt and pepper and simmer until the flavors meld together, 2 to 3 minutes. Process with a blender until smooth and serve with the ribs as a dipping sauce.

Huli Huli Chicken on the Grill

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

Prep Time:
30 min
Inactive Prep Time:
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time:
45 min

Level:
Intermediate

Serves:
4 servings

Ingredients
Huli Huli Chicken Brine:

1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
3 cups ice
One 5- to 7-pound whole chicken

Huli Huli Sauce:

1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground ginger

Dry Rub:

2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly cracked black pepper
1 lemon, juiced

Directions

Begin by placing the whole chicken, breast-side down, on the preparation surface. Using kitchen shears, remove the backbone by cutting up from the tailbone to the neck on both sides. Open the bird, remove the breastbone and wishbone. Make small cuts on both sides below the thighs to tuck the wings under so you have a flattened “spatchcock” chicken.

For the brine: To a small saucepan, add 1 cup water, the salt, sugar, bay leaves and garlic cloves. Bring to a simmer to dissolve the salt and sugar. Once at a simmer, turn off the heat and add the ice. Once the liquid is cool, place into a resealable bag over a bowl and add the chicken to the brine, making sure it is completely submersed. Allow to brine in the fridge for 1 hour.

For the Huli Huli sauce: In a small saucepot over medium-low heat, combine the pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce and sherry vinegar. Once the liquid simmers, whisk in the brown sugar and ginger. Continue to simmer until the liquid begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand (or prepare ahead and refrigerate until ready for use). Once ready for use, reserve about a cup to serve.

Preheat a grill to medium heat.

For the dry rub: Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. Thoroughly mix the garlic powder, salt, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, cumin and some black pepper together in a small bowl. Coat the chicken with the dry rub, making sure to sprinkle well inside the cavity. Lay the chicken flat on the preparation surface, making a neat, rectangular package with the thighs tucked next to the breasts and the wings inserted into the slits.

To grill: Secure the chicken in a medium rectangular wire-mesh grilling basket and set over an open grill flame. Char with the breast side down first, 7 to 8 minutes. Turn once and continue to grill, bone-side down for another 15 minutes.

Continue to turn as it cooks so it doesn’t burn and it replicates the Huli Huli machine cooking process. Squeeze the lemon juice over the chicken as you turn it. Finish by alternating sides until the chicken is thoroughly browned, the skin is crispy and a digital instant-read thermometer tucked under the breast confirms the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. The total cook time will be 35 to 40 minutes. With a heat-resistant silicone pastry brush, glaze the chicken with the Huli Huli sauce the last 5 minutes. Remove from the basket and allow the chicken to rest for 6 to 8 minutes.

To serve: Carve the chicken into breasts, thighs and wings. Arrange on a large serving dish alongside the reserved Huli Huli sauce.

Tequila Turkey Fettuccini

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

Prep Time:
20 min
Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time:
10 min

Level:
Intermediate

Serves:
1 serving

Ingredients

1-ounce olive oil
1/4 red onion, cut into strips
1/2 tablespoon minced jalapeno
1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 ounces turkey breast, cooked, sliced
1-ounce tequila
4 ounces heavy cream
1/2-ounce fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
9 ounces fettuccini pasta, cooked
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 lime wedges, for garnish
2 sprigs cilantro, for garnish
2 tablespoons diced Roma tomato, for garnish
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In saute pan with high heat, add olive oil, onions, jalapeno and saute until translucent. Add garlic and continue to saute for 2 minutes. Add turkey, lightly mix ingredients, careful not to break turkey up to much.

Deglaze pan with tequila, pouring around the edge of the saute pan. Add cream, lemon juice and cilantro. Toss together, then add pasta, and toss ingredients while adding Parmesan cheese.

Nest pasta on plate, pour sauce over pasta. Lay sprigs of cilantro over top, sprinkle tomatoes on top, and crack pepper around the rim of the plate.

Guy’s Big Bite Burger

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

Prep Time:
30 min
Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time:
2 hr 20 min

Level:
Easy

Serves:
4 servings

Ingredients

2 heads garlic
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
12 ounces thinly sliced applewood smoked bacon
32 ounces ground beef (80/20 blend)
2 ounces Mornay Sauce, recipe follows, optional
8 slices yellow American cheese or Cheddar
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth mixed with 2 tablespoons water
4 soft brioche hamburger buns, cut in half
“Donkey” Sauce, for serving, recipe follows
1 kosher dill pickle, finely sliced
1/2 Vidalia onion, very finely sliced
1 heirloom tomato, finely sliced
1/4 head iceberg lettuce, finely sliced

Directions

Special equipment: brick covered with aluminum foil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut off the top third of the garlic head to expose the cloves. Place onto a piece of foil. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the garlic with the foil and place into the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to the touch. Remove the garlic cloves from their husks. Reserve until ready to use.

Mince 1 teaspoon of the roasted garlic and melt with the butter in a small saucepan. Season with salt. Gently warm until the garlic becomes fragrant. Set aside in the fridge to slightly firm up again.

Begin by preparing the bacon for the pig patties. Set a large pot of cold water over high heat and add the bacon. Bring to a medium boil and cook until the bacon is very tender and almost falling apart, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain and set aside to cool.

Set a flat cast-iron grill pan over high heat. Divide the bacon into 4 even portions, form each portion into a patty and place on the grill. Press down with the foil-covered brick to squash the bacon together and into a flat patty so it crisps. Cook until golden and crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove and keep warm.

Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions (8 ounces each) and form into 4 tight balls. Sprinkle the hamburger “ball” all over with salt and pepper. To the griddle pan (which still has some of the bacon fat on it) place the hamburger balls on and flatten with a strong, flat metal spatula. Flatten to approximately 1/3-inch thickness and continue to press down with the spatula as it cooks.

Cook until the burgers develop a crust on the first side, 1 1/2 minutes. Flip over and cook on the second side to develop a crust on that side, 1 minute. Add 2 ounces Mornay Sauce, if using, to the top of the hamburger and top with a slice of cheese. Place a dome lid over the top of the burger. Pour the chicken broth mixture on to the flat top so the liquid runs under the dome and creates steam to cook the burger and melt the cheese. When the burger is at desired point of doneness and the cheese is completely melted, remove the dome lid and set the burgers aside.

Brush the cut sides of the buns lightly with the garlic butter. Toast the buns on the flat top until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 seconds. Flip and toast the outsides so they are also lightly toasted, 3 to 4 seconds.

To assemble: Smear the “Donkey” Sauce on the cut side of both bun halves. Layer the base with pickle slices and the hamburger patty. Top with a bacon “pig patty.” Top with the onions, tomato and lettuce, and then place the top half of the bun on top. Wrap in waxed parchment paper and serve immediately.
Mornay Sauce (Bechamel with Cheese):

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk, warmed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch grated nutmeg
3 ounces grated yellow American cheese

In a medium saucepan, add the butter and set over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt, and then sprinkle with the flour and stir with a whisk. Cook over low heat until the butter and flour combine into a mixture like wet sand. Once combined, stir for 1 to 2 minutes to cook the flour (but without adding color). Pour in the milk slowly as you whisk to combine. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens up, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the salt, nutmeg and cheese and stir until the cheese has melted and the mixture is smooth. Set aside and keep warm until ready to use. Yield: 1 cup.

“Donkey” Sauce:

1 cup prepared mayonnaise
1/4 cup roasted garlic
1 teaspoon regular yellow mustard
4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 pinches ground black pepper

Mix the mayonnaise, roasted garlic, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper together until smooth. Yield: about 1 cup.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Apricot Jalapeno Jam

Recipe courtesy Guy Fieri

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:

Cook Time:
30 min

Level:
Easy

Serves:
4 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil
2 jalapenos, cut into rings
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 cup apricot preserves

Directions

4 (4 by 4-inch) pieces parchment paper

4 cedar plank pieces, food service quality
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned and boned
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (3-inch) fresh rosemary sprigs
1 lemon, zested

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small saute pan over medium heat, heat oil. When hot, add jalapenos and saute until caramelized. Add garlic, and before it begins to brown, deglaze with white wine. Next add mustard and apricot preserves and bring to a simmer. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes and let completely cool.

Place parchment paper on planks, add salmon, lightly salt and pepper, place a rosemary sprig on each fillet, and liberally apply cooled apricot mixture.

Place cedar plank on gas burner. When plank has begun to smoke, place into preheated oven.

Cook salmon until medium-rare; remove from oven and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes until serving. Garnish with lemon zest.