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Smoking Musket Tailgate Menu: Oklahoma, featuring two entrees cause night game

As the biggest game of the year looms, we have to bring out the best for our guests and fans. 

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Our Mountaineers will be on the big stage, so should your tailgate. To do this, we have two protein dishes. Chicken wings will keep tailgaters fed throughout the day and the other will fill us up as game time approaches as we dig into the Oklahoma cuisine with a new take on barbecue.

Grilled Chicken Wings – 3 Sauces

I whiffed on the Kansas menu and I’m sorry. To make up for it, we’ll feast on chicken wings for our midday tailgate meal this weekend. During our bye week in October, I tried a new wing sauce and really, really enjoyed it. I want to share this and one other with y’all to complement the traditional Buffalo hot wings.

Salt & Vinegar Chicken Wings

Firstly, I want to introduce to you the Salt & Vinegar Chicken Wings. These are incredibly addicting, just like the chips. It’s a mix of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, salt and ranch seasoning. When I made these, I think I used too much ranch seasoning, but I also marinated the wings. If you want to marinate them pre-cooking, don’t use the ranch packet.

Recipe

Pro-tip: The cooking process in the recipe doesn’t need to be followed, but I will say that baking powder trick still works on the grill! Give all the wings a dusting before putting them on the grill for extra crispiness.

Sriracha Lime Wings

This sauce is incredibly easy, just like plain old Buffalo wing sauce. These spicy wings also have a touch of sweetness. The process is simple, melt a pat of butter in a saucepan, add the Sriracha sauce, honey and lime to the pan, then mix together and let simmer for a bit so the flavors mix.

Recipe

Buffalo Hot Wings

The traditional wings are easier than you thought, I promise. You can make it more complicated with some other sauces like the recipe below, or use just melted butter and hot pepper sauce (I think the most traditional one used is Frank’s).

Recipe

The first thing to know about what we’re doing here is that grilling wings is a little on the attentive side. You need to grill them through and you’ll need to flip them a few times in the process. Firstly, spray your medium-high grill with cooking spray. Next, put the wings on and cook for about four minutes. Turn them and brush sauce on them. Three minutes later, flip them and brush the other side. Cook for another three minutes and remove them from the grill into three separate baking pans.

Once you have them separated, toss them in their assigned sauces. Then, serve and enjoy!

Smoked Bologna

This is the most original barbecue associated with Oklahoma. Its other name is “Oklahoma Prime Rib.” Now, this doesn’t use the Oscar Meyer deli slices we’re more accustomed to in West Virginia, this uses the big sausage chunks. You can find this either at your deli counter or on the shelves.

First thing is to unwrap the bologna and slice into the top about a quarter of the way through, leaving about two inches between slices as your work down the sausage, then flip over and do it again. This ensures the smoke gets into all of the meat.

Next, rub the meat. Now, you can use a store-bought rub, but bologna is best rubbed with lots of spices, as in the recipe below.

You want your smoking apparatus to 225 degrees and you want to use apple wood chips. Smoke for about three hours, then remove from the grill and cut it.

Pro tip: Give it a nice, quick char on the grill before slicing and serving.

There are two popular ways to cut and serve the smoked bologna. One way is to cube it and set it as part of a meat and cheese tray, the other is to slice it and make it into a sandwich. Whichever you choose, I will eat it.

Rub Recipe

Smoking Process Recipe

Oven-Baked Bacon Chips with Guacamole

I saw this on a BuzzFeed Food video and immediately knew I wanted to use this recipe, and knew it would be great for OU. The best part about this, is that it’s bacon and guacamole, two traditional tailgate favorites.

Take a package of sliced bacon and cut it into squares. Line them on a baking sheet and bake. While the bacon chips cook, make the guacamole.

No, these cannot be achieved by frying bacon. You need to bake them for the correct texture and hardness to make them chips.

Video

Guacamole Recipe

Brie and Cranberry Parcels

It’s almost time for Thanksgiving! So let’s a little festive.

OK, that’s enough.

On a serious note, these are a hand-held dessert that is uncomplicated. An added bonus is that they have fruit in them. Plus, they have cheese, which is the best food group.

Recipe

Apple Cider

Temperatures in Morgantown on Saturday are expected to drop below freezing in the late evening, but it will be cold all day. Warm yourself and your guests up with warm, spiked apple cider. This recipe uses a slow cooker to blend the ingredients together and used store-bought apple cider to make it easier.

Pro tip: Heat the cider, maple syrup, and lemon juice together until ready to serve, then add the bourbon so you don’t risk the alcohol cooking off.

Recipe

Y’all, it’s a night game in Morgantown. Hopefully, this tailgate menu prepares you to cheer on the Mountaineers in our biggest game this season decade. More importantly, be good hosts to both By-Godders and Sooners alike.

Pro tip: It’s a True Blue game, so really get into it by having blue tablecloths, napkins and cups at your tailgate.