Nothing screams football season like wings. And these wings? They come with a story.
We had friends coming over for the rivalry Eagles-Giants game (did you see that last minute 61-yard field goal??), and I knew I wanted to make wings at home. I typically use the oven to make wings, but I ran into a tiny problem. Even though it’s late September, it’s 90 degrees here in NJ! If that wasn’t enough to make me want to keep the oven off, guess what? Our air conditioner is broken. DEAD. KAPUT. DUNZO.
In marched these magical grilled wings. Easy, crispy, and an added smoky flavor.
Now, I’m not going to say standing outside, in the sun, next to a hot grill when it’s 90 degrees is glamorous. BUT it’s much preferred to making the house even hotter by turning on the oven.
This easy method has your wings ready to eat in under a half hour, meaning you could marinate them during the first half and cook them during half time. While cooking, pay attention to the hot spots on your grill and move the wings around to be sure each gets crispy without burning.
I highly recommend buying pre-cut wings. It will save you a ton of time and frustration cleaning and cutting wings they way they’re packaged in bulk. I used this version from Wegmans, and the few extra dollars for pre-cut wings is absolutely worth the additional cost, plus they’re organic!
The sauce only takes 2 minutes (seriously!) and strikes the perfect combination of hot and sweet, leaving you wanting to dip each and every wing in extra sauce, and then some creamy ranch or bleu cheese dressing. 😉 You can always use your preferred sauce as well, I’m trying BBQ wings next!
Grilled Hot & Honey Wings
This easy method has your wings ready to eat in under a half hour, meaning you could marinate them during the first half and cook them during half time.
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings
- 3 lbs cut chicken wings
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2/3 c hot sauce
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 3 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. molasses
- In a large bowl, add wings, vegetable oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix or toss to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat grill to medium heat and grill wings 9 minutes per side. Check often to prevent burning. Wings should be crispy, but not burnt. Move wings around, paying attention to hot spots on the grill. When fully cooked (165 degrees), remove wings from the grill to a large bowl.
- While the wings cool, make the sauce. In a small pot over medium-high heat, melt butter. When butter is fully melted, add hot sauce, honey, and molasses.
- Add sauce to the bowl of wings and toss to coat.
- Serve warm with celery and bleu cheese sauce or ranch dressing.
You can always use your preferred sauce as well, I’m trying BBQ wings next!