This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kingsford. The opinions and text are all mine.
Buffalo Pig Wings are saucy, spicy and grilled to perfection! French-trimmed pork shanks are an amazing appetizer and meatier alternative to chicken wings!
There’s a saying here in Kansas City that goes: “I love you like Kansas City loves Kansas City.” We’re in a bit of a love affair with our own town as it goes through a renaissance. Our downtown has been completely revitalized and is now a bustling beacon of art, gorgeous architecture and innovative food. Every bit of the city has been touched by this new energy, including our sports stadiums!
After the Kansas City Royals won the World Series in 2015, our city was on fire for baseball! About 800,000 people turned out for the parade and celebration that followed that big win, and we also welcomed changes and improvements to Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Royals!
Most of us love traditional ballpark food like hot dogs, popcorn and pretzels! But, after that 2015 Championship, Kansas City saw their ballpark eats elevated to the level of the city’s food culture. Our stadium began to introduce authentic slow-smoked and coal-fired barbecue and creative eats that reflected Kansas City’s unique food scene.
One item that you typically find on menus in Kansas City is “Pig Wings.” Pig Wings are specially cut pork shanks where the meat is cut away from the bone. French-trimmed pork shanks are a heftier alternative to chicken wings and taste great with blue cheese dressing on the side.
To celebrate the release of Kingsford’s “Taste of the Game” cookbook, I re-created the Buffalo Pig Wings recipe they included that celebrates the Kansas City Royals! I personally can’t think of a more appropriate recipe to showcase Kansas City’s unique eats. These Pig Wings are spicy, tender and so very good!
Taste of the Game is filled with 30 recipes that you can prepare while enjoying a ballgame with family and friends. Each recipe was inspired by the teams and cities of Major League Baseball! From steak sandwiches to grilled lamb burgers and pulled-pork poutine, there are a myriad of dishes that pair well with watching your favorite baseball team. The cookbook can be purchased on Amazon, or you can find the recipes on Kingsford’s website here.
- 4 pounds pig wings
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons celery salt
- kosher salt, to taste
- ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup Frank’s RedHot Original Sauce
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- celery, for serving
- blue cheese dressing, for serving
- Using Kingsford® Original Charcoal, build a fire for direct grilling and preheat to 400°F.
- Season the pig wings on all sides with the garlic, celery salt, and kosher salt and pepper to taste. Rub in olive oil to coat evenly.
- Place the wings on the grill and cook, turning often, until slightly charred and cooked through, about 15 minutes. For your safety, please reference the USDA safe cooking temperatures.
- While the wings are cooking, stir the hot sauce together with the melted butter and the vinegar. Baste the wings and continue to cook, turning and basting occasionally, for another five minutes, until the wings are glazed and golden. Discard hot sauce after basting.
- Serve hot, with blue cheese dressing and celery on the side, if desired.
Michelle's Note: We used an instant read probe thermometer and checked the temperature of the pig wings at 15 minutes and 20 minutes. We did need to add a few extra minutes. It will depend on how thick your pork shanks are, ours were quite thick.