A recent trip to Bison County BBQ naturally involved trying an order of their Spicy South Carolina Jumbo Chicken Wings. I went with just the spicy rather than the "crazily hot" since the waitress said that that version was made with nearly straight habanero chile. I love spicy food, but I like to be able to taste the meat and enjoy the food too.
The wings are indeed "jumbo" – not only are they large and meaty, but they are full wing sections, with the wing and drummets still connected, unusual for restaurant wings. There aren’t many in a platter, but there’s plenty of meat to go around. The wings are smoked and grilled with a spicy rub on them – a deceptively spicy rub. I was the first to dig into the wings and realized rather quickly that these were pretty spicy. Others didn’t believe me for the first half-minute or so after biting into them, but then quickly agreed. The "South Carolina" part of the wings is simply that it comes with a vinegar-y mustard-y dipping sauce, a combination of the vinegar and mustard-based BBQ sauces found in the Carolinas.
It made for a great accompaniment to the wings, which did taste great, with a nice char-grilled and smokey flavor. However, while they were definitely fully cooked, they weren’t cooked to the point where the fat of the skin and wings had completely rendered out, so they were a little greasy. The sauce and the spices made up for it though.
As a quick aside, the main course barbecue itself was good, but not great. The first sparerib I had was fantastic. The others had clearly been sitting around for a little bit waiting for a customer to order them. The brisket was OK, but sliced very very thin, meaning it was a little dried out and not that tender. But this is about wings, not BBQ, so I’ll give these:
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars