Whatever happy accident of history led to the event of the spicy chicken wing—a history that’s shrouded in uncertainty, controversy, and spurious claims—I’m glad it happened. The collision of crisp-skinned wings with smooth, spicy/vinegary sauce has created one among the best finger foods on the earth.
The first and hottest thanks to cook wings are, of course, to fry them. But simply because frying them is that the well-deserved default doesn’t mean that we can’t cook them differently. In fact, grilled wings are delicious. The skin still crisps, but you get just that wisp of smoke and a kiss of char that shakes the flavor up just a touch.
Here, we’ll check out the way to grill chicken wings—from seasoning to temp and sauce tips—so that you simply can enjoy these meaty treats in a new way.