If you have been following Almost Kosher’s journey so far, I don’t think I have to tell you how much we loved Morocco. Memories of the sights, the sounds, the people, and places, but especially the food bring a smile to our faces. Bargaining in the mellah and the souks and the crazy drivers–it seems like a titillating love affair we’ve been playing back in our minds ever since we got back. These Moroccan Spice Chicken Wings, spiced using the spices we bought on our honeymoon, remind me of all we loved about the food.
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Spring is starting to shyly peek around the corner here in Utah. Despite it nearly being May, snow showers have dared to encroach what should be mild sunny days. So when the sun popped out this weekend I just had to pull out our charcoal grill (a tiny little Weber for our condo balcony). I’ve been craving chicken wings like crazy, too, so I decided upon these Moroccan Spice Chicken Wings to satiate two cravings: Morocco and wing.
Product Review: BBQ Grill Mats by Chef Brooklyn
It so happened that we also had these new grill mats by Chef Brooklyn to try out, too. Boasting that you will “[n]ever need your barbecue grill brush again,” I was excited to see if they worked as well as claimed and how they held up to the grill. Overall? I was pleased.
Our grill is small, so the mats, which are 13×16 inches, had to be cut down. I added a little more coconut oil to the cooking side just to create a small barrier between the wing and the mat, added the Moroccan spiced chicken wings, and let the grill do its thing. The wings cooked very evenly and I didn’t have to worry about them sticking to the grill (how many times have you lost a flavorful bit of chicken skin to the grill grate?). The best part was the cleanup–without needing to use a brush or anything, our grate was perfectly spotless.
We had a couple of problems with the charcoal not staying as hot as we’d like, but I believe that has to do with how small our grill is so there wasn’t enough open grate to prevent smothering. On a larger diameter grill, this wouldn’t likely be an issue. Luckily, I had added a chunk of hickory wood to the grill which, after I had ignited it with my trusty blowtorch, kept the grill going just fine. I could see this working for vegetables and other items that are hard to keep on the grill, as well as meats that are prone to sticking (particularly fish). You do sacrifice the aesthetics of grill marks, of course, but that is something I’m willing to give up for convenience.
Moroccan Spice Chicken Wings
These Moroccan spice chicken wings feature spices from Morocco, including their iconic spice blend, ras el hanout. If you have trouble finding sumac, a magenta-hued spice with a mild citrus flavor, you can substitute lemon zest.
Chef Brooklyn provided these mats to us in exchange for our honest review. As always, all opinions remain our own.