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Grilled Wing Zingers Recipe
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Grilled Wing Zingers Recipe

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My husband fine-tuned this recipe - and the results were spectacular! These spicy-hot grilled wings are true party pleasers. You can easily adjust the heat level by altering the amount of chili powder. The wings take a little time, but they're worth it. -Angela Roster, Greenbackville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Grill: 35 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Grill: 35 min.
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 40 whole chicken wings (about 8 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • Celery sticks


  1. Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tip section. Set wings aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar, hot sauce, butter and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 6-8 minutes or until butter is melted and sauce is heated through. Cool.
  3. In a gallon-size resealable plastic bag, combine sugar and seasonings. Add chicken wings in batches; seal bag and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 35-45 minutes or until juices run clear, turning and basting occasionally with remaining sauce.
  5. In a small bowl, combine blue cheese and ranch salad dressing; serve with chicken wings and celery sticks. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Originally published as Grilled Wing Zingers in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p27

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"My husband loves these wings and requests them often! I cut back on the rosemary, cayenne pepper and chili powder some."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2013

"Excellent recipe!! I made 16 lbs for a summer party and they were all gone. BTW, I cooked them in the oven because there were too many other things on the grill that afternoon."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"A great recipe for people who love Hot Wings."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"This recipe is definitely my "go to" recipe for wings.

I have dubbed these my "pantry wings" because of the number of different ingredients in them. They are labor intensive, but very worth it.
I have mixed a 5x batch of the dry ingredients to have at the ready. Really saves time. I get requests for these wings ALL the time. They have never failed to WOW even the most discerning "wing heads""

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"Lots of flavor, my go to recipe for outstanding wings."

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