E’s Best Wings

E’s Best Wings

Seasonings: E’s Best Finishing Sauce, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Cinnamon, Seasoned Salt, Dried Basil

For a number of reasons, I prefer buying fresh whole chicken wings and cutting them up. Fresh wings are usually a little less expensive, they have less water content than frozen wings, and most importantly, they taste better.

Season the bottom sides first with sprinkling of onion powder, garlic powder, and a dusting of cinnamon. (If you want hot wings from the start, sprinkle cayenne pepper on both sides of the wings.) Then spray the underside with cooking spray to adhere the seasonings. The final touch is a sprinkling of dried basil onto the oiled underside. Allow 30 seconds for the basil to begin sticking to the surface and spray lightly again with cooking spray to seal the basil to the surface. Spraying too close to the wings will scatter the dried seasonings. Turn wings over to the topside. Sprinkle seasoned salt only on one side (the top side of the two bone section). I have found that salting both sides is a bit much and overpowers the other seasonings. Repeat with the onion powder, garlic powder, and cinnamon. Lightly spray with cooking spray to adhere the seasonings and then sprinkle the basil or tarragon on the wings. No need to spray this side again as when these go on the grill, they will be placed as they are sitting on the cookie sheet.

When the grill is hot, apply some cooking oil to a grill brush or soaked paper towel in your tongs. Rub the oil onto the cooking grate. Chicken fat is volatile and flame up very easily when cooking wings. Low heat is the best way to go for minimal flame ups. Place the wings on the grill as they were on the cookie sheet (top side up). Cook for 10 minutes and then turn the wings over and cook for 10 minutes, watching carefully for flame ups. Turn the wings back to top side up and cook for another 10 minutes. 

At this point (20 minutes into the cook), coat the top side of the wings with E’s Best Finishing Sauce or Killer, whichever is your favorite.. Allow the sauce to caramelize for 5  minutes. Turn the wings over and coat the other side. Now they should be ready to serve!