I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or which NFL team you call your own… there is no denying that Vince Wilfork is the man. Not only is he arguably The League’s best DT… but if you ever watch him in interviews on and off the field or on the sidelines with his teammates he is the happiest, most polite, and seemingly genuine guy around. I basically want to be his best friend (so that we can have tickle fights everyday). When I asked my friend Chrissy (who I’m sure will be credited with plenty of recipes on this site) for a wing recipe, she produced one she had found in The Improper Bostonian provided by Mr. Wilfork himself. It could have been a recipe calling for pigeon wings smothered in hand sanitizer and I would have tried it. The original recipe is here but I downsized the portions, changed a few things around and my version turned out AWESOME! I made them in his honor on Super Bowl Sunday this year.
…annnnd they ended up being pretty much the only good thing to come out of that day for me. Oh well, Go Pats!
WILFORK’S STICKY WINGS
1 family size package of chicken wings (I used wings and drumsticks)
16oz bottle of mango nectar
12oz bottle teriyaki sauce
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons honey
3 big garlic cloves minced
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine all of the ingredients (besides the chicken) in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes
3. Arrange chicken in a large baking dish in one layer
3. Let the liquid cool for a few minutes then pour over the chicken
4. Let sit for at least 10 minutes, make sure all the chicken is fully coated, then bake for about an hour or until the chicken is cooked through
I’m sure my version’s got nothin’ on theirs but a girl can try right?