You don’t necessarily think of grilling as the first way of cooking wings, but this recipe is awesome! You’ll get perfectly cooked wings with a touch of smoky flavor without heating up your house. You can do this recipe on either a charcoal or gas grill, but charcoal does make it easier to add smoke flavor. You can choose your own favorite seasoning for these wings, whether it be a dry rub, sauce, or combination of both. Do you have tips to make perfectly grilled chicken wings.
- 2 lb LGCM Chicken Wings
Set your grill for a 2 zone fire – one side set for indirect cooking and one side for direct cooking. In a charcoal grill, this means heaping the charcoal all on one side, and on a gas grill it means only turning one side of burners on. The interior temperature of your grill should be about 350ºF.
If desired, you can add smoke to the flavor of the meat by putting wood chunks on the charcoal fire, or a aluminum foil packet of wood chips on a gas burner. Use a lighter fruit wood like apple, cherry, or pecan.
Place the chicken wings over the indirect heat (no charcoal side or unlit burners), and cook for 15 minutes per side.
After 30 minutes, move the wings to the direct heat side and cook for about 5 minutes total, flipping frequently. You want the color of the skin to turn a golden brown. Once the skin is golden brown, check the temperature. If it is not at least 165ºF, move the wings back over to the indirect heat side and continue cooking until they reach 165ºF.
Once the wings reach temperature, remove from the grill, and place in a large mixing bowl. Add your desired seasonings, whether that is sauces or a dry rub, and then toss or stir the mixture until the wings are evenly coated. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy!