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Tailgating Recipe Challenge: Grilled Wings

This one comes from Mr. Kevin Thomas:


I am submitting my grilled wings recipe. These are always my #1 hit. I cook various foods during my tailgating which are all dead on delicious and never disappoint. I usually cook hamburgers, grilled potatoes, catfish, etc. All which are great but one is definitely set apart. It's unique since it's a classic wing but instead of deep fried it's grilled. The trick is the dry rub you have to use before grilling. This dry rub includes 8 ingredients including sugar which will actually harden during the grilling process making the wing crispy. The other trick is the buffalo sauce, you have to use Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce or 1 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce combined with 1 stick of melted butter (same thing). Frank's Red Hot sauce is the original sauce used to make Buffalo wings per Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. This sauce can easily be found in the south (i.e. Wal-Mart, Pulix, etc.).


Before I get into the recipe I’ll cover all of your categories:

  1. Not overly complicated.  All you need is a grill, wings, and Tupperware w/ combined ingredients for rub, condiments
  2. Mostly original.  Wing rub is a better variation of a rub my dad used to use when barbequing chickens
  3. Creative.  Grilled wings, not as mainstream as fried
  4. Opponent specific. This one can be used for any bird opponent – V. Tech, S. Carolina, and Barn. I call this grilled wing recipe "Hey bird we are going to grill the Hell outta you" (I know my name could use some work)

Items needed

·         1-3 pounds of never frozen natural chicken wings (Tyson is good)

·         Small Tupperware with top for Wing Rub plus all ingredients below

·         One bottle of Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce or 1 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce combined with 1 stick of melted butter (same thing).

·         Large Tupperware with top

·         Optional

o   Ranch

o   Blue Chesse

o   Celery

o   Carrots

 Wing Rub:

·         6 Tablespoons paprika

·         2 Tablespoons ground black pepper

·         2 Tablespoons salt

·         2 Tablespoons sugar

·         1 Tablespoon chili powder

·         1 Tablespoon granulated garlic

·         1 Tablespoon onion powder

·         1 teaspoon cayenne


1.      Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly in a Tupperware dish with lid.

2.      Get 1-3 pounds of chicken wings and roll each wing individually (one-by-one) in the rub.

3.      (Optional) You can add EVO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) to the wings before applying the rub but the moister in the wings should allow the rub to easily stick.

4.      Grill for 20-30 minutes until extra done

5.      Place in large Tupperware, add Frank Red Hot, place lid and thoroughly shake up making sure sauce completely covers each wing

6.      Serve with Ranch or blue chesse; also can add on celery and/or carrots

Enjoy! - these are hot (but not too hot) so your beverage of choice should be close by