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Grilled Buffalo Wings

Grilled Buffalo Wings

Who doesn’t love a plate of finger-licking buffalo wings? The spicy and tangy flavors, paired with the crispy exterior and tender meat, make them a crowd favorite. While most people associate buffalo wings with deep-frying, have you ever tried grilling them instead? Grilled buffalo wings offer a healthier twist on this classic dish, without compromising on taste. In this article, we will explore the art of grilling buffalo wings and how to achieve that perfect balance of smoky char and zesty sauce.

Why Grill Buffalo Wings?

Grilling buffalo wings not only adds a smoky flavor to the dish but also reduces the overall fat content. When you deep-fry wings, they tend to soak up a lot of oil, resulting in a greasy texture. On the other hand, grilling allows the excess fat to drip off, resulting in a lighter and less oily wing. Additionally, grilling brings out the natural flavors of the meat, giving the wings a delicious charred taste that pairs perfectly with the spicy buffalo sauce.

Tips for Grilling Perfect Buffalo Wings

Grilling buffalo wings may seem intimidating, but with the right technique, you can achieve juicy and flavorful wings every time. Here are some tips to help you master the art of grilling buffalo wings:

1. Prepare the Wings

Before grilling, make sure to properly clean and pat dry the wings. This helps to ensure even cooking and prevents any unwanted moisture on the grill.

2. Preheat the Grill

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. This will allow the wings to cook evenly and develop a crispy exterior.

3. Seasoning is Key

While traditional buffalo wings are typically tossed in sauce after cooking, grilling gives you an opportunity to infuse flavor right from the start. Season the wings with your favorite dry rub or marinade to enhance the taste.

4. Use Indirect Heat

When grilling buffalo wings, it’s best to use the indirect heat method. This involves placing the wings on the cooler side of the grill and closing the lid. This allows the wings to cook through without burning the exterior.

5. Basting with Sauce

Once the wings are almost cooked, brush them with your desired buffalo sauce. This will give them that signature tangy and spicy flavor. Remember to reserve some sauce for dipping later!


Q: Can I use frozen wings for grilling?

A: It’s best to use fresh wings for grilling, as frozen wings may retain excess moisture and result in a less crispy texture.

Q: How long should I grill the wings?

A: The cooking time may vary depending on the size of the wings and the heat of your grill. However, a general guideline is to grill the wings for about 20-25 minutes, flipping them occasionally.

Q: Can I use a gas grill for grilling buffalo wings?

A: Yes, a gas grill works perfectly for grilling buffalo wings. Just make sure to preheat it and adjust the heat accordingly.

Q: What other sauces can I use besides buffalo sauce?

A: If you’re not a fan of buffalo sauce, you can experiment with other flavors such as barbecue, honey mustard, or teriyaki.

Q: Can I make grilled buffalo wings in advance?

A: While the best way to enjoy buffalo wings is fresh off the grill, you can partially grill them in advance and finish them off on the grill when ready to serve.

Q: How do I prevent the wings from sticking to the grill?

A: To prevent the wings from sticking, make sure to oil the grill grates before placing the wings on them. You can use a brush or a paper towel dipped in oil to do this.

Q: Can I make grilled buffalo wings without sauce?

A: Absolutely! If you prefer a milder flavor or want to serve the wings with different dipping sauces, you can skip the buffalo sauce and simply season the wings with spices.

Q: Can I grill boneless chicken for buffalo wings?

A: While bone-in wings are typically used for buffalo wings, you can certainly grill boneless chicken breasts or thighs and toss them in buffalo sauce for a similar flavor profile.


Grilling buffalo wings offers a healthier and equally delicious alternative to the traditional deep-fried version. The smoky char and zesty buffalo sauce create a winning combination that will leave your taste buds craving for more. With the right techniques and a touch of creativity, you can elevate your grilling game and impress your friends and family with a plate of perfectly grilled buffalo wings.

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Grilled Buffalo Wings

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 lbs chicken wings , cut into separate pieces, removing the tips
  • 1 cup hot sauce with Louisiana-style flavors
  • 1 can or bottle (12 fl oz) of carbonated beverage with cola flavor
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper , or adjust to personal preference
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper , or adjust to personal preference
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce


  • Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • In a large pot, combine hot sauce, cola, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and soy sauce.
  • Add the wings to the sauce mixture in the pot.
  • Place the pot on one side of the preheated grill and bring it to a simmer.
  • Using tongs, remove the wings from the sauce and place them on the preheated grill.
  • Cook the wings for about 8 to 10 minutes, until they are lightly charred on both sides.
  • Return the cooked wings to the sauce in the pot and continue cooking.
  • Repeat the process of grilling and returning the wings to the sauce until the chicken is fully cooked and easily comes off the bone. This process should take about 50 minutes.
  • The sauce should also become hot and thickened during this cooking time.
  • You can choose to serve the wings as sloppy-style wings or serve them right off the grill for dryer wings.
  • Keep in mind that the nutrition data provided for this recipe includes the full amount of sauce, but the actual amount consumed may vary.
Keyword and, appetizers, BBQ, Buffalo, Chicken, Cooking, Grilling, Other, Outdoor, Snacks, Spicy, Wings
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