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How to Prepare Chicken Wings for the Grill

Learn how to prepare chicken wings for the grill from Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters Heath Hall and Brett Thompson in this Howcast food video.


Today I'm going to show you how to do barbequed chicken wings. Whether it's game time, snack time, or mealtime, these are a great weapon to have at your ready. It's a very simple recipe, and it's sure to leave all your guests and all your diners with a full and happy stomach.

So we take some full wings, and first we just want to trim these up into the drumettes and the wingettes. Get a nice sharp knife. Cut there, you get the drumette, and then come back here, cut the tips off of the wing, and you get the wingette.

So we're going to take one final wing here and show you how to trim that up. I'm going to spread that apart. Take one straight cut down here onto the drumette, flip the wing over, and then come in and cut off the wingtip, and we're ready to go.

You get a nice size bowl, pour in all of your wings. We're going to take about two tablespoons of vegetable oil. This is going to give it a nice coverage to adhere the rub. And today we're using an all-purpose spice rub. You can buy these in your store, very similar to a all-American spice rub, which is a store bought rub, or you can make your own at home.

Today we're using a rub that has some sugar, some heat with some chipotle and some ancho chilies in it. It's got a little bit of sugar. Really, when you're making a rub on your own, you can do it to whatever style you want, if you want it hotter or sweeter, or herb-y. Do what you like.

So we're going to put all six tablespoons in here. And then we're just going to use our hands to get good coverage on all of these wings. We want to have seasoning on every piece of wing here. And what we're going to do is, we're going to take these out to the grill, and these don't take too long, so they're really a quick and great snack, or even an evening meal. So we're all set and ready to go out to the grill and put them on.

All right. We've got our wings all seasoned up and we're ready to put them on the grill. We're going to be putting them on our kettle grill. It's real simple. I'm just going to walk right over here. We want to put them away from the fire, so it's going to be an indirect cooking. Just put them all nice and spaced out so they're not touching each other. I'm going to give them some room to cook.

Now what we also want to do while we're doing this is we want to get some barbeque sauce. So you can either use your favorite store-bought barbeque sauce, or if you have a recipe that you like to use at home. And what we want to do is get a disposable half loaf pan and put our bottled sauce in there, and at the very end we're going to come back and baste these with that sauce at the very end. So we don't want to cook with the barbeque sauce at the beginning because there's a lot of sugar in barbeque sauce and that will cause it to burn, and you'll come out with some very charred wings.

So we've got our sauce here in a disposable loaf pan, and we're just going to set that over the fire so that it can start warming up. And we're going to come back and check these in about seven or so minutes and flip them over, and let them cook for another five to seven minutes, and then we'll come and put the sauce on them.

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