Humbug Mountain Alder Planked Wings

The Humbug Mountain Alder Planked Wings are named for one of the tallest, most resolute peaks to raise out of the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon Coast. In 1851, Captain William Tichenor sent an exploring party to cut inland around that high mountain to the south of Port Orchard to the new Rogue River gold mines. Tichenor assured his men that the task would be easy, but they soon returned after becoming lost in the thick Alder forest and deep ravines. Defeated, the men pointed to the high peak and pronounced the endeavor "Tichenor's Humbug." 

Make a discovery of your own with our new Humbug Mountain Alder Planked Wing recipe below. With a spirited flavor that Captain Tichenor would have appreciated - without the humbug!

You will need:

  • 4 Western Red Alder Planks
  • 12 large chicken wings - with tips removed
  • Generous amount of olive oil

Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 4 tsp kosher salt

Sauce Ingredients:

  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp hot chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter


Submerge planks completely in water and soak for 1.5 hours.

In a small bowl combine the rub ingredients. Pat the wings dry with a paper towel and place in a single layer on a sheet pan. Sprinkle with the rub and work well into wings on both sides with your fingers. Refrigerate uncovered for 4 hours.

Combine the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until butter melts and remove from heat. Keep warm until ready to use. 

Prepare and preheat the grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Keep near 350 degrees for gas grills and near 450 degrees for charcoal.

Place soaked planks on grill grate for approximately 2 minutes to dry one side, then remove. Coat dry side with a generous amount of olive oil. Place 3 wings on each oiled plank and place back on grill grate. Most BBQ's and grills can handle two 14" planks at a time.

Cook for approximately 15 minutes each side, for a total of about 30 minutes until browned. Turn wings only once. Baste wings frequently with sauce while cooking. Make sure to cook wings to an internal temperature of 180 degrees and keep the lid closed as much as possible. 

Plank should burn approximately half of the thickness during cooking process. Gas grills could require flame management by moving plank to indirect cooking or using a squirt bottle with water. 

When done remove wings from grill and brush with the remaining sauce.

You are going to love the gorgeous color and zesty flavor of these wings and the Alder smoke coming off your grill will be intoxicating! Don't be surprised if the neighbors come over and ask what smells so good!