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How to Cook Chicken Wings on a Gas Grill

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Cooking chicken wings on a gas grill is not a complicated task, but there are a few things to keep in mind to achieve a superior finished product. Maintaining a clean and functional grill and choosing quality food products will be a big factor in what will determine success. Patience will also play a big role, so do not rush through the process because it can lead to unwanted results.

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Cleaning the Grill

In an ideal world the gas grill was always be cleaned after the last use. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. If needed scrape the grates with a grill brush, knocking the charred remains from the last grill into the underlying tray. Don’t forget to season your gas grill, if it has been a while. Next, check the burners by turning them on and look for clogs. Clogged burners can lead to uneven cooking temperatures, so make sure to get the burners fully operational. An orange colored flame instead of a blue flame is a sign that an improper amount of fuel is passing through the tube and can cause varying temperatures. This can easily be remedied by using a steel wire brush to clear the holes. After cleaning, empty the tray where the debris was collected to lower the risk of fire.

Cooked chicken wings

Preparing the Chicken Wings

If you choose to buy whole chicken wings, then there will be a little extra prep to do. The wing will have two joints separating it into three parts. First cut the joint by the tip off and discard. Next, cut through the joint by the drumette. Place the chicken in a steel bowl, cover with a dry rub, and toss to coat the chicken evenly. Seasoned salt is a classic dry rub that is used and mixes well with a variety of sauces, but feel free to use other blends. Place the seasoned chicken on a metal baking pan covered with aluminum foil and lightly brush all sides of the chicken with oil. Cover the tray with another sheet of foil and set aside.

Grilling the Wings

When first igniting the grill, aim to get the temperature around a medium heat. If it is too hot it will cook the outside of the chicken too quickly, causing it to burn by the time the inside cooks. Let the grill heat up for around 10-15 minutes. Place the chicken directly on the grill and then slightly lower the heat if necessary. The chicken should be flipped and rotated to positions on the grill every 5 minutes. Rotating their positions is of great importance because grills tend to have hot and cool spots. Rotating helps address this issue and results in the chicken being cooked evenly. The total cooking time will be anywhere between 20-25 minutes. Having a thermometer on hand is an excellent idea for checking the internal temperature. Chicken should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit internally to prevent food born illnesses.

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Wrapping Up

Chicken wings cookingWhen the chicken has reached proper temperature pull them from the grill and place them back on the pan. Make sure the pan has been cleaned and has a new aluminum foil lining to prevent cross contamination. From this point the steps to be taken are up to the cook. Choose your favorite sauces to toss them in or use no sauce at all. If tossing in multiple sauces, or entertaining for a larger crowd, serving family style is recommended. Put the chicken wings in serving bowls with tongs and let people grab what they want.

After the grill cools there is one last thing to do. Clean the grill.