Grilled BBQ Wings

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Grilled BBQ Wings

Welcome to my Tailgating BBQ series! From September 15-30, I’ll be sharing grilled recipes that are perfect for tailgating. Each day there will be a new grilled recipe posted to give you inspiration and help build your collection of easy tailgating recipes.

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Let’s keep the Tailgating BBQ Series going with this recipe from Crystal from Simply Playful Fare. Here’s her recipe:

Football season is a magical time, filled with friends, and fun, and football of course! So naturally, tailgating is the next step. Tailgating combines all of these things with food and drink! Snacks are tailored to be easy to eat, most likely served on small plates, while watching your favorite football team. There may even be a sports team themed napkin or two. It is possible that you could get a little lost in the snack spread of cheese dips, pretzels, salsas, meatballs, Chex mix, cheese trays, and peanuts. You need something a little more substantial!

What better way to add a more substantial dish to your tailgating party than by extending the grilling season as far as you can! These grilled BBQ wings are finger food friendly, have a great flavor, and are even a little healthier for you too! Make sure you don’t skip the brining step, because this will ensure that your wings are just as juicy as they are crispy!

Grilled BBQ Wings

Tailgating with Grilled BBQ Wings

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  • 4 Pints of water (1 room temperature, 3 ice water)
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne sauce, like Franks
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 4 pounds Chicken Wings
  • ¼ cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • Bring one pint of water, brown sugar, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne sauce, and rice wine vinegar to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the mixture to a large pot, then add 3 pints of ice water to cool the brine quickly.
  • Add the wings to the cool brine. Allow the wings to sit in the brine for 2 to 6 hours.
  • Once brined, remove the wings and pat dry with paper towels. Add them to a bowl with a tiny bit of olive oil. This will keep the wings from sticking to your grill.
  • Turn on your on medium to medium-high heat, and spray with non-stick spray. Keep an eye on the wings to avoid any flare-ups on your grill. Grill for about 15 minutes, or until the wings are done.
  • Combine the melted butter and hot sauce in a large bowl. Mix well to combine.
  • Remove your wings from the grill and add them to the sauce. Toss to coat well.
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Course: Main Dish

Make sure to give these Grilled BBQ wings a try at your next tailgating party. You may even try a few different hot sauces to mix it up. It’s sure to be a hit with your guests. And don’t forget the celery and blue cheese!

Grilled BBQ Wings

Thanks so much for sharing your great recipe, Crystal! If you like this recipe, please pin it or share it! And, of course make sure you subscribe to It’s a Keeper so you don’t miss a single one!

You can find all of the Tailgating BBQ series recipes here. And, of course, make sure you enter the Napoleon grill giveaway!

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