Our Favorite Critical Metal Part in Summer is a Barbecue Grill…

Recipes from the Able Electropolishing Team

Carrie Metzler’s Grilled Chicken Wings

As Customer Success Manager at Able, Carrie Metzler is a cool-headed problem solver. But she knows how to turn up the heat in the backyard with these tasty chicken wings that disappear faster than surface defects on a critical metal part undergoing electropolishing…

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15-20 mins

Time Before You Have to Make Another Batch: Very little

Servings: 4


For the Wings:

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. cayenne

2 lb. chicken wings

Vegetable oil, for grill

For the Sauce:

1/2 c. mayonnaise

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. horseradish

2 tsp. freshly chopped chives

1 tsp. hot sauce


Step 1: Make wings: In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon zest, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and cayenne. Pat chicken wings dry and place in a large bowl. Add spice mixture and toss to coat.

Step 2: Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Oil grill grates with vegetable oil. Add wings and cook, stirring occasionally, until skin is crisp and meat is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3: Meanwhile, make sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together mayo, lemon juice, mustard, horseradish, chives, and hot sauce.

Step 4: Serve wings hot with dipping sauce.


Pat Hayes’ Secret Recipe BBQ Sauce

At Able Electropolishing, our highly customized electropolishing baths have been developed over decades of research and proprietary expertise and we don’t share the exact recipe. We can only tell you that for certain applications, the results are delicious: Our work with one of the world’s best-known grill manufacturers comes to mind…

We can, however, share this. Vice President for Business Development Pat Hayes has agreed to provide the secret recipe for his barbecue sauce, perfected over years of all-weather backyard grilling in the Chicago suburbs.  The secret to winter barbecuing in Chicago? Not minding.

“I’ve done ribs for the Super Bowl when it was -10 degrees,” he says. The other secret to Chicago winter barbecuing? Stay inside.

“Angle the grill so you can read the temperature from the window,” Hayes says.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Snow blowing the deck time: Varies

Servings: 8


1 and ½ cups ketchup

3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

¾ cup brown sugar

1 tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. seasoning salt

2 tsp. mustard

Water, as needed. (Optional)


Whisk together all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow sauce to bubble and then reduce the heat and let sauce simmer for 10 minutes to thicken. Apply liberally to ribs, chicken, pork or anything that can be eaten.

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