These crunchy breaded wings are awesome. I had my doubts about breading wings to be cooked on the grill, but was amazed how the coating cooks up crunchy and golden brown. I have tried several different cooking methods, and have settled on cooking between 1.5 and 2.5 hours at a low 250°F direct over the coals (indirect I’d go 275°F). Seems to work best on an elevated grate, about 12-15 inches from the coals. The long cooking time helps render the fat in the skin, and produces a crunchy exterior, and a moist juicy interior.
- 12-15 chicken wings
- Egg Wash
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 2 Tbsp Dizzy Pig seasonings (any flavor except Cow Lick)
- 2 tsp salt
- Clip off the wing tips, and reserve for making chicken broth.
- Trim any hanging pieces of skin at the other end.
- Mix the egg and milk in one bowl.
- In another bowl mix the flour, corn meal, Dizzy Pig® Rub, salt, and mix well.
- Cover the wing in the egg wash, and shake off excess.
- Roll the wing in the flour mixture, and try to cover fully and evenly.
- Shake off excess, as you just need a thin even coating.
- Refrigerate breaded wings for an hour or more to set coating.
- Spray (or wipe) cooking grid with oil.
- Place wings on oiled grate of a 250°F established fire. Set grate approximately 12-15 inches above the coals.
- Close cooker, and wait 30 minutes before flipping (assuming fire is low).
- Once coating has started to set up on the first side, gently flip to the other side.***
- Another half hour and they are ready to flip again… CAREFULLY!
- After the first hour, start flipping and moving the pieces around as needed.
- Wings are done when browned. Cooking times will vary from 1.5 to 2.5 hours total. When they look like they are almost done, I sometimes sauce with a real thin coating. 20-30 more minutes and the sauce caramelizes into the crunchy breaded coating. Great without sauce too, so I change it up to keep things interesting!
- Rip ’em apart at the joint, and savor the crunchy skin and sweet juicy meat! Enjoy, everyone! And thanks for the inspiration Ron!
***Once coating has started to set up on the first side, they are ready to flip. CAREFUL!!! This is the trickiest part. If you simply pick up the wings to flip, you could lose some of the coating, so I came up with a little trick that works well for me. Gently slide the wings back and forth parallel to the grate bars without lifting. Just enough to break lose any areas that might be sticking. Once they are free, then gently flip to the other side.