Grilled chicken wings can’t get much better than these tasty lemon pepper marinated wings. First, chicken wings and drumettes are marinated overnight in an easy lemon pepper marinade. Then, the wings are cooked on the grill to infuse an amazing smokey grilled flavor.
GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS
Oh, the amazing aroma that surrounds the house when something tasty is cooking on the grill. It’s intoxicating!
I start drooling the seconds the coals are ready, especially if they are mesquite coals. There is something special about meats and veggies that are cooked on the grill. It must be the smokey flavors from coals and fire.
Gar grill is just not the same. When hubs and I were choosing our very first grill, we chose the split grill. One side was gas and the other side was coal. We thought it was awesome because we could do a quick grill on gas side when we didn’t feel like starting coals. Turns out, gas side was completely useless for us. In 5 years that we had that grill, we have not used the gas even once.
It’s just not the same flavor when it comes off of gas grill. We like the smokey flavors of coals and as it turns out, it’s totally worth the extra time to start the coals. So we ditched the old half and half grill and got a nice, long coal grill. It’s perfect for BBQ parties, just like these Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken Wings.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN WINGS ON A GRILL:
Choose your meat first. I don’t mean the type of meat since chicken wings are…CHICKEN. What I mean is choosing the cut. Some people prefer the wings and others prefer drumettes. Or, you can have a mixture of wings and drumettes.
Then, prepare the marinade, seasoning, or sauce.
If you’re planning of marinading the wings over a long period of time, start the night before so wings have time to marinade.
To grill the wings, I highly recommend using a veggie basket, episodically if making chicken drumettes. You don’t want to loose your wings to the coals.
Set the coals to the lowest level, farthest away from the grilling surface so that the outside of the wings don’t cook too fast.
Get the grill temperature to about 350 degrees.
Depending on thickness of the wings and drumettes, they should take about 20-25 minutes to cook. The very small drummettes will be ready faster, so take them off or move the off the coal side.
Cook wings with the grill lid closed but check often to rotate and flip the wings to ensure even cooking.
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Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken Wings
Lemon Pepper Marinade:
- 5 lemons zest and juice
- 1 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 4 lbs chicken wings and drummettes
- Veggie basket for the grill
- Cooking spray
- Gallon zip-lock bag
- Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, vinegar, oil, and salt in a gallon size zip-lock bag. Close and shake to mix.
- Add chicken wings and drumettes to the bag. Push out most of the air and close the bag. Spread the marinade and wings evenly in the bag. Place it on a large plate and refrigerate overnight.
- Set the coals to the lowest level, farthest away from the grilling surface so that the outside of the wings don’t cook too fast. Get the grill temperature to about 350 degrees.
- Grease the veggie basket with some cooking spray and place wings on it. Spread them out in one even layer.
- Cook wings with the grill lid closed but check often to rotate and flip the wings to ensure even cooking.
- Depending on thickness of the wings and drumettes, they should take about 20-25 minutes to cook. The very small drumettes will be ready faster, so take them off or move the off the coal side.
- **Note: if you wish, save the marinade after the wings are done and simmer it for a few minutes. Use the cooked marinade as dipping sauce for the wings.