Hot Wings at Art's BBQ Are Smoky Heaven

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John Linn
Art's smoky hot wings have real bite.
I nabbed an order of "Smokehouse Hot Wings" from Art's BBQ in Coral Springs yesterday. The place is a front-runner for our annual Best Of issue thanks to its intensely smoky ribs with genuine bark and a peppery rub. But I'd never before tried the wings, which Art's smokes instead of frying or baking.

Wings come ten to an order for about $9. That's a lot for an ordinary fried wing, but it's clear some big effort goes into these guys. They come coated in a spicier version of Art's brick-red barbecue sauce, a sweet and spicy tomato base that tastes like it's been smoked itself. The meat has a really nice bite too. It's tender but firm, just like Art's ribs, and has a smoky pink sheen to it. Thanks to a few hours in the smoker, the fat has rendered off the skin, leaving taut but not necessarily crisp skin with intense flavor. I gotta say -- these smokehouse wings are the bomb.

Just for the helluvit, I ordered a rack of St. Louis ribs and a pulled-pork sandwich to go with my wings. I love Art's meaty ribs, served over two slices of white bread to soak up the juices. But damn, I kept returning to those wings. They were serious barbecue eats in bite-sized packages.

Art's BBQ
2070 N. University Drive, Coral Springs
954-346-9246
arts-bbq.com
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