These wings get a kick of spice by combining something that already works so well, Brother Jimmy's classic barbecue sauce, with some heat, puréed chipotle peppers.
Whisk all of the ingredients except for the chipotles together in a nonreactive saucepan, place over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the sauce just coats the back of a wooden spoon. Cool and use immediately or stare for later use in the fridge, where it will keep for 2 to 3 months. Makes about 5 cups.
Meanwhile, place a mesh strainer over a bowl. Empty the can of chipotles into the strainer. We recommend wearing rubber gloves. Remove the seed from the chiles while reserving the chiles and the liquid that has drained into the bowl. Once the seeds are removed, transfer the liquid and chiles to a blender and blend until you have a smooth purée. Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar, where it will keep for a few months. Makes ½ cup.
Combine ¼ cup of the chipotle purée with 4 cups of the barbecue sauce and whisk until well combined. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for months in a glass jar with a tightly fitting lid. Makes 4 ¼ cups.
Cut the pointy tips off the chicken wings, and either discard or save for chicken stock. Then cut the wing in half at the joint.
Prepare your smoker or grill for barbecuing, using the indirect heat setup with a drip pan in place and preheat to 220 degrees. Have applewood or cherrywood chunks or wood chips soaking and ready to go.
Just before you’re ready to cook, place the presoaked wood chunks directly on the hot coals and oil the hot grate. Smoke the wings, covered for about 2 hours, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees at a joint bone has been reached.
Place the smoked wings in a bowl and toss with half of the Chipotle BBQ Sauce.
Preheat your grill to moderate heat. Oil the hot grate and place the wings on the grill to caramelize the sauce. When you are ready to turn the wings, place them back in the bowl, toss with the remaining sauce, and return them to the grill.
When the sauce seems like it’s cooked onto the wings, they’re done; this will take 5 to 6 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8 people.