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Datil Pepper Key Lime Hot Wings

One of the things I enjoy is coming up with themed recipes. These wings are my idea of a Florida based treat. The three main ingredients are Datil peppers, orange blossom honey, and Key limes. Datil peppers are from the St Augustine area, and have a hot fruity heat. They rate 100,000 to 300,000 on the Scoville scale. Use CAUTION handling the peppers, they will burn your skin. Wear gloves and DON'T TOUCH YOUR EYES.

Start by infusing 1 pound of orange blossom honey.
Remove comb and place open jar in a small saucepan.
Slowly add water until an inch from the top of the jar.
Place pan over medium low heat and heat honey to 180 degrees.
Chop 2 datil peppers with seeds and add to honey.
Heat for an hour.
strain honey and using a spoon squeeze the peppers against the screen squeezing as much juice as possible out of peppers.


In a small saucepan add the following:
1 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup of the infused honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt.
2 finely chopped datil peppers with seeds.
 Simmer for an hour.

Strain out pepper pieces and let sauce cool.

Add 12 wings to a zip top gallon bag. Pour 1/4 cup into bag and shake to cover the wings . Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Grill over medium heat until the chicken is 165 degrees. Remove and allow to rest for 5  minutes.

In a large bowl add 1/4 cup of sauce and 3 tablespoons of key lime juice. Whisk until well blended.
Add wings and toss to cover.

Serve with blue cheese and/or ranch dressing and celery.

ENJOY.

Nellie and Joe's Key West lime juice


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