It’s Man Food Friday here. The husband loved writing about his Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers so much that he took over the blog again today and brings us these smoky, grilled buffalo wings with homemade wing sauce. These wings are a fun summertime twist on a classic wing. Grilling them instead of frying them or baking them gives them a delicious smokiness that goes nicely with the flavorful spice.
Even Goose loved them. When I was taking the photos for this post, she snatched one of the wings and ate it. It’s amazing what my toddler loves to eat. She kept pulling on my leg while I was taking them too, wanting more. How many toddlers out there like wings? Anywho…without further ado, here’s my husband talking about these grilled wings.
Buffalo wings have been a stable of mine for as long as I can remember. All through growing up, I ordered buffalo wings. My parents tried to get me to branch out, but I mostly refused. (Jenna’s note: stubborn much? lol)
I grew up pretty much in the dark ages. It was a time where “buffalo-ized” didn’t really exist. Either a restaurant had buffalo wings or it did not have buffalo wings. There were no buffalo chicken sandwiches. I couldn’t get buffalo sauce to dip my fries in. No, it was an era before buffalo-ized was a thing.
I was a pioneer. I was also one of the first to ask servers to “buffalo-ize” pretty much any chicken dish I would order, assuming they didn’t have wings of course. I always asked for a side of hot sauce for my fries. I’m a food trendsetter.
Fast forward several years, my palates gotten a lot more sophisticated (and is waiting for the rest of me to catch up- #truth), which means buffalo wings are a great treat, but not an all the time sort of meal. This is in part due to now buffalo wings have to pass a certain standard for me to indulge and enjoy them.
Frozen wings are out by default. Most restaurants server mediocre buffalo wings at best. There’s really only one place close by that I enjoy the wings immensely, but getting there with our daughter is nearly impossible and certainly is not always enjoyable. Which means my buffalo wing intake is severely limited.
Instead of crying in a corner, as I was tempted to do, I developed my own buffalo wing recipe that combines the classic buffalo wing taste with a smoky flavor you can only get from grilling. I coat the wings in a rub, grill on a low heat with plenty of smoke, and then top them with my own delicious buffalo sauce that I have (possibly) eaten directly with a spoon. Trust me, these wings are well worth the small amount of prep and cook time they take to make.
For the Buffalo Sauce
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 cup hot sauce (I use Frank’s for everything)
- 4 – 6 cloves fresh garlic (minced or crushed – I prefer crushed, why let it down easy?)
- pinch of salt and black pepper
- *for extra heat, you can add red pepper flakes, but do so a little at a time
For the rub
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup hot sauce (yes, Frank’s, I don’t use anything else)
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 3 pounds of fresh frozen wings
- Add butter to small sauce pan and melt over medium heat
- Add crushed garlic and simmer for 1-2 minutes
- Reduce heat to low-medium and add hot sauce and additional seasonings
- Stir occasionally to combine, reduce heat to low
- Combine all spices, butter, and hot sauce together in small bowl
- If wings are whole, separate them using a knife or poultry sheers (toss the tips out unless you want to use them)
- Put all wing parts in large bowl
- Pour rub mixture over them and mix until coated
- Let sit for a half hour to let wings absorb flavor (for even better fusion, let sit over night or if you are in a rush, skip the marinade time altogether, they still taste good)
- If using a charcoal grill, make a low heat fire or if using a gas grill put on low-medium heat setting
- To avoid burning the wings, flip each wing several times during cooking (once every 3 minutes, give or take)
- Cook time will vary slightly but should be about 10 – 15 minutes, but you are safest to use a meat thermometer to check internal temps on the wings to be sure
- When done, remove from grill and put in large, clean bowl
- Pour buffalo sauce over them and toss with tongs or a large spoon
- Serve with favorite dressing