Charcoal-Grilled Chicken Wings

Published July 1, 1999.

Why this recipe works:

We wanted to develop a foolproof grilled chicken wing recipe that would produce crisp, thin, caramelized skin; tender and moist meat; and a well-seasoned, smoky grilled flavor throughout. We started by getting rid of the practically meatless wing tip, then separated the drumstick-like portion… read more

We wanted to develop a foolproof grilled chicken wing recipe that would produce crisp, thin, caramelized skin; tender and moist meat; and a well-seasoned, smoky grilled flavor throughout. We started by getting rid of the practically meatless wing tip, then separated the drumstick-like portion from the two-boned center portion to create nicely sized pieces that were easy both to cook and to eat. Brining the wings added flavor and moisture. Cooking them first over medium-low heat and then moving them to medium-high heat gave them a nicely browned exterior.

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Makes 24 wing pieces, serving 4 to 6

Use a grill that is large enough to hold all the wings over roughly one-half of the rack surface. Brine the wings while the grill fire heats up to save time. Serve the wings as is, with a squeeze of lemon or lime, or with an accompanying dipping sauce.

Ingredients

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