Grilled Hotwings

It is officially football season.  There is no better football snack than Hot Wings.  I have been on a little hot wing kick lately.  I have been eating them at least once a week.  Mostly while watching football.  Although your average hot wings are delicious, they are not the healthiest thing around.  So I decided to put away the deep fryer and heat up the grill. Grilled wings are just as tasty and if you grill them over high heat the skin will get nice and crispy.  All of the flavor and texture without all of the fat.

Grilled Hot Wings

  • 24 wingettes or drumettes
  • Rub
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
    • 1 tbs dry mustard
    • 1 tbs black pepper
    • 1 tbs salt
    • 1 tbs chili powder
    • 1 tbs garlic powder
    • 1 tbs onion powder
    • 1 tsp cayenne
  • Hot Wing Sauce
    • 1 stick of butter
    • 1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce (Franks is the best)
    • 1 1/2 tbs vinegar
    • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 tsp salt

In a medium saucepan, combine all of the hot wing sauce ingredients.  Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the ingredients are incorporated.  Whisk together and remove from the stove.  Set aside.

The Wing Sauce

Preheat your grill to medium/high heat and make sure to set aside a portion for indirect cooking.

When you buy fresh wings you usually get the whole wing.  This includes the drumette, wingette and the tip.

Chicken Wing

I use a sharp knife to cut each portion at the joint.  It is easy to do and will save you a bunch of money.  I usually throw away the tips as they do not contain that much meat.  Plus they always fall through the grates.

Trimmed Chicken Wing

Add all of the wing parts to a zip top bag and add 1/4 cup of rub.  Some wings are bigger than others and you may need up to 1/2 cup of rub to get everything coated.

Rub the Wings

Place the wings directly over the medium/high heat and grill until they are browned on all sides.  There is a lot of fat in chicken wings so make sure to constantly turn them or they will blacken easily.  A little char is good, but a lot of char is bad.

Grill the wings

Once the wings are browned all of the way around, move them to the indirect part of the grill and continue to cook with the lid on for about 10 minutes.  Check the thickest wing to see if the juices run clear.  If not, add another 5 minutes. Make sure to cook the wings to 165 degrees to safely serve them.  I like to cook the wings to about 190 for a perfectly crunchy skin and a moist wing.  The best way to check the temperature is to use an instant read thermometer.  Our favorite thermometer is the Thermoworks Thermapen MK4.  If the MK4 is a little too pricey for you, they also offer a great affordable instant read thermometer with the Thermapop that has a 3-4 second reading time!

Grilled Hot Wings

Pour the wing sauce into a large bowl.  When the wings are fully cooked remove them to the bowl with the wing sauce.

Toss the Wings

Mix the wings in the sauce and serve.

Grilled Hot Wings

These wings are delicious and simple to make.  Plus you do not have to own a deep fryer to make them.  Easier, healthier and in my opinion more delicious.

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Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. Those look delicious Rex. I like to put mine back on the grill for about 5 minutes after saucing just to cooking the sauce on the wing a little.

  2. Oh my gosh…these looks sooooo good!!! I just went out and bought chicken breasts for dinner but these look better. I am a huge fan of chicken wings!

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