Foodie Friday – Let’s Grill Chicken Wings!

foodiefridaylogo2It’s Labor Day Weekend and the start of College Football so what are we going to cook today… hmmmm Chicken Wings!!!

There are as many ways to make chicken wings as there are people that like to eat them.  You can bake wings2them, fry them, smoke them, grill them; with or without sauce, rubs or marinades.  There are a number of different sauces from the insanely hot to the sticky sweet.  I like most of these, yes all of them.  Today we are going to marinade with a paste, grill them up and then use a little of the paste as a glaze at the end… LIGHT THE GRILL!

What you need:

1/2 cup of chili powder

1/4 cup of smoked paprika

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper – you can add more if you like the heat.

5 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar

Salt and Pepper

4 pounds of chicken wings. – you will find these in 4 pound bag in the freezer section or you can find wingettes in the fresh section.  I chose fresh because I didn’t have time to thaw them.

What you need to do:

1. Whisk the chili, sugar, cayenne, vinegar, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl to make a thick paste. Put half the paste in a large resealable plastic bag.

2. Put the wings in the thawed wings in the bag, seal the bag and then toss/roll the wings around to get them coated.  You can marinate them at room temp for about 30-45 minutes or put them in the fridge for a couple of hours.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  Make sure the grates are clean and oiled up.  Put the wings on the grill, arranging them evenly.  Try to put the thick skin side on top to start as the fat will render a bit.  Flip them over after about 5 minutes or so and let them cook for another 4-5 minutes.

4. Take the rub that you reserved and glaze the wings and let them finish cooking (about 2 minutes or so)

5. These wings are done  at 165 degrees but the fat and cartilage rendering really takes place at around 180 degrees so you might want to experiment and see which you like better.  It depends on how hungry I am… 🙂

6. Some feel you need to serve wings with blue cheese dressing and celery but for me these are not those wings.

I hope you enjoy your weekend with good friends and great food!




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