Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Christina
Team drums? Or team flats?
Chef Jordan Balduf knows how to keep both teams happy. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, it’s no wonder he’s a natural at cooking some of the best buffalo chicken wings in the game.
Today, you’ll find Chef Jordan cooking his staple wings at Side Biscuit in the heart of Ann Arbor, Mich. The 270-square-foot kitchen is small but mighty, churning nearly two dozen 40-pound cases of chicken wings per week. In addition to the crispy chicken wings, the restaurant is also known for its buttery biscuits and savory chicken dip. The wings can be tossed in a variety of mouthwatering sauces made in house. The fresh flavors range from classics like “OG Buffalo” to more unexpected, original flavors like “Gucci Gang,” a sweet but spicy sauce made with Korean chili paste called gochujang.
Small Kitchen, Big Flavor
You don’t have to travel to Ann Arbor to eat good on game day. Chef Jordan has teamed up with Chef RV to show us how to take your tailgate feast to the next level.
Cooking from a 2022 Winnebago Vista, Jordan and our host Carlos Parisi show us how to make his staple wings, biscuits and dip. We utilized the space from both the inside and outside of the RV to show how you can maximize your cooking potential. With so many nooks and crannies, the RV has plenty of functional storage space that makes cooking for a party full of people feel effortless. Beginning with the biscuits, the RV’s countertop surface area proves perfect for forming fluffy dough. The fridge is big enough to keep the prepped wings and dough chilled while the delicious dip bakes in the nearly form-fitted oven space.
Outside the RV is where the chicken wing magic takes place. Using a propane tank to heat a pot of oil, the wings are ready to be dropped and deep fried. While 165 degrees Fahrenheit is the standard internal temperature for cooked chicken, Chef Jordan follows the unofficial rules of the Buffalo-style playbook: Don’t take the wings out of the oil until they reach an internal temperature of a crisp 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 12 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
OG Buffalo Wing Sauce:
- 4 Quarts Frank’s Original Red Hot
- 4 Cups Butter
Chicken Wing Dip:
- 16 Ounces Cream Cheese
- 16 Ounces Shredded Cheddar
- 1 Cup Frank’s Red Hot
- 1 Cup Blue Cheese Dressing
- 2 Cups Cooked Shredded Chicken
When it comes to cooking for friends and family on the road, Chef Jordan says bring your wings. In the past, he has fried his signature wings in a cast iron skillet over the campfire on the beach. More traditionally, he enjoys treating everyone to a hot post-camping meal in the parking lot.
After cooking in the Winnebago, he says he was “super impressed with the space,” adding that it’s bigger than most apartment kitchens in the area.
The Winnebago Vista makes tailgate and campsite cooking a breeze with kitchen spaces both inside and out. The galley kitchen inside the Vista comes fully-equipped with a three-burner recessed range top with black glass folding cover and large oven. A massive, two-door 10 cubic-foot, 12-volt stainless steel refrigerator/freezer is perfect for cold storage, while dedicated pantry space help keep your cooking essentials nearby. On the outside of the Vista, the Winnebago Tailgate Package provides a refrigerator, LP Quick-Connect for a grill, a stainless-steel sink with single-level faucet and more to create an exterior cooking space that rivals the inside.
The Winnebago Vista is also built for luxury, convenience and entertainment. TVs located both inside and outside of the Vista will keep guests in the game while a powered patio awning with LED lights provides plenty of cover and light. A spacious bathroom will help keep guests comfortable and relaxed, as will the large sofa bed and swiveling captain’s chairs in the living area of the coach. With several convertible sleeping spaces, the Winnebago Vista can comfortably sleep up to eight people.
Want to see more? Check out the previous episode of Chef RV!
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