Wings are so hot right now….literally and figuratively. They can be found at happy hours, backyard bbq’s, and nearly every menu across the US. Well, you don’t have to go to restaurants because you can make crispy grilled chicken wings right at home….and you don’t need a fryer. In this video recipe, we’ll share the secrets to grilling perfect crispy chicken wings. Our video recipe has been viewed over 60,000 times! Check it out here:
In this video, you’ll learn:
- The 3 parts of a chicken wing – the wingtip, wing (wingette), and drummy (drumette) – and how to trim the wing
- How many wings are consumed on Superbowl Sunday – it’s really unbelieveable!
- A recipe for chicken wing seasoning
- How long to cook wings on the grill
- The perfect location of charcoal in a kettle grill
- What to do while your wings are grilling (Spoiler alert – Drink beer and watch the game!)
- How to cook simple and ridiculously good chicken wings (of course)
Grilled Chicken Wings – The Secrets to Grilling Perfect Crispy Chicken Wings
Chicken is easy to learn to cook because, unlike beef which has hundreds of different cuts, the chicken only has 4 cuts of meat – the Breast, Leg, Wing and, Thigh. (Some recipes use the necks and feet but….( just no) (no, just yuck.)
Lucky for you, today we’re talking chicken wings – which are so popular, Americans consume about 1.25 billion chicken wings on Superbowl day ALONE!
And the good news is you can make delicious wings for your next Superbowl party at home. You don’t need an industrial fryer and you don’t need to make a big mess in your kitchen….because frying is messy.
As a matter of fact, we’ll be cooking these on the grill….they’re not fried at all. They just have the texture and crunch of fried chicken wings. But before we get started, a little about the wing itself:
- There 3 parts to the chicken wingtip (tip), wing or wingette, and the drumette
- Can buy wings whole, with all 3 pieces intact (as shown), or as drumettes only. The wingettes are less commonly sold individually.
- I buy whole and wings and cut out the fat between the wing and the drummy. It looks like a little “cape” or flap. It’s not a necessary step but I just trim it off.
- You can save everything you remove and use it in a chicken stock.
- I season these wings with our JoJo Rub. It is very easy to make with ingredients most people have at their home, found here. You can use any seasonings you like but I recommend it be fine powder.
- Do not marinate these wings or use any wet seasoning as the dry powder also helps bring the moisture out of the wing to promote crispiness.
- The first thing you need to do is create the fire. I use a traditional Weber charcoal grill to make these wings. Then I build a pyramid of jumbo lump charcoal to create a fire in the middle of the pit. Once it is started, wait until they the charcoal is nice and hot. Place grate over fire.
- Place lid on top and leave top vent grates about 1/2 – 3/4 ‘s of the way open. Allow 10 minutes for grate to heat and fire to cool….this will bring the fire down to the temperature needed – around 325 – 350 degrees F.
- Place on the grill
- To cook using the indirect heat, place wings in a circle around, but not directly above, the heat / fire.
- These wings are cooked low and slow on the grill to avoid burning the skin and to achieve a “fried” texture.
- As I mentioned, the skin is fatty so we don’t want to place them directly over the heat…they need indirect heat.
- Place Lid back on
- Leave the grates open about ¾ of the way.
- While cooking – there’s really not a lot to do from here. Grab a beer or 3, turn on some music, go back to watching the game, and grab a cigar
- Check and flip after 15 minutes. If they’re on more indirect heat, and not placed directly over the flame, they shouldn’t burn.
- I continue flipping every 10 to 15 mins to avoid burning of the wings as they cook.
- Cook for at least 60 but also up to 75 minutes….the longer, the better. And BE PATIENT – it seems like a long time but you will be amazed at the crispiness of the skin. It will have a texture like it just came out of a fryer but much more flavor due to the rub.
IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS AND FRAMILY
Because chicken wings are versatile, they can be the bridesmaid as a party appetizer or the bride at your next family dinner. Without question, these will, unquestionably, be a big hit with any crowd! Your kids will love them and your guests will ask you where you bought them so go ahead, give them a shot!