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Hot and Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings and Drumettes

Updated on April 7, 2015

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Grilled Wings and Drumettes
Grilled Wings and Drumettes

Hankering for Wings

I was getting excited to watch a big game and thought some hot and spicy wings with a blue cheese dipping sauce would be the perfect combination to satisfy my craving. As a strong believer in food tastes better when it's barbecued, I whipped up a nice batch of wings and drumettes to enjoy.

Wing Marinating Sauce

Marinating sauce
Marinating sauce

Spicy and Hot Wings Need to be Marinated

The key to a great spicy wing is a recipe with the proper level of heat, but also provides enough time for the wings and drumettes to absorb the marinade.

Hot and Spicy Grilled Wings and Drumettes Ingredients

  • 4 lbs chicken wings and drumettes
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1.5 tablespoons Tabasco sauce

Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl. Take the wings and drumettes and place them in either a brining bag or a large Ziploc bag. Add the marinade to the bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. The longer they marinade, the spicier and more flavorful the wings will be.

Set aside 1/2 cup of the marinade to baste the wings while they grill.

Wings and drumettes marinating in bag
Wings and drumettes marinating in bag

Massage and Flip the Chicken Wings

As the chicken wings absorb the marinade, massage the wings in the bag to work the seasoning in to the meat. Every hour or so, flip the bag over and work more sauce with your hands into the chicken.

Raw wings on grill
Raw wings on grill

Grill Wings for 20 Minutes

Place the chicken wings on the grill over direct high heat. Grill the wings for about 20 minutes until the wings have a nice char and crispy skin. Using tongs, flip the wings every three to four minutes until the wings are finished cooking. Baste the wings as they are barbecued with the marinade that was set aside.

Wings and drumettes on grill
Wings and drumettes on grill

Serve Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing and Barbecue Sauce

Depending how you like your wings, you can make them spicier by serving them with a very spicy barbecue sauce or cool them down a bit with a blue cheese dipping sauce. I actually prefer to use both sauces with my wings.

Wings with blue cheese and spicy bbq dipping sauces
Wings with blue cheese and spicy bbq dipping sauces

Appetizer or Main Course

Most people think of wings as an appetizer, but the wings and drumettes are a great main course as well. It's one of our kids favorite meals. We serve them with a spinach salad, mash potatoes, and buttered garlic bread for a complete dinner menu!

Making Wings Spicier

Some people want really hot wings. Here are a few ways to add heat to a wing.

  • Douse on Tabasco hot sauce right before eating
  • Puree habanero peppers (with the seeds removed) and add to the marinade

Questions & Answers


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      • Paul Edmondson profile image

        Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

        You can definitely make these in the oven. On cold nights in the snow we have done it inside.

      • peachpurple profile image

        peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        i love the look of your spicy drummets. Although I don't BBQ, maybe i could bake them instead. Grill in the oven? I think that should work out well. Spicy sauce that you had created is easy to follow. Thanks for sharing

      • Haseena Firdousia profile image

        Haseena 4 years ago from India

        Grill Chicken is one of my favorite recipe....Keep sharing.

      • Donna Huebsch profile image

        Donna Fairley Huebsch 4 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

        These look good! My daughter has been craving chicken wings and the fast food ones are pretty expensive - we will have to give these a try.

      • IslandBites profile image

        IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

        Great recipe!

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        James Paterson 4 years ago from Scotland

        Licking lips! these sound as fantastic as they look and I would bet the house that they taste even better. thanks Paul.....jimmy