I remember my college days like they just happened yesterday. I recall all those tailgating parties my friends and I used to attend where food was always center of attention (more than the actual games). Today, I’m brought back to those wonderfully silly moments because of this traditional recipe of chicken wings.
Chicken wings are the staple of tailgating parties across the continental America without a doubt. I can’t imagine what bars, parties or drinking sessions would be like without having munched on chicken wings. What’s not to love about them, right? They’re spicy and nice and if they’re perfectly done, they give just enough kick to jumpstart your mouth.
What’s the purpose of having these chicken wings spiced like this? I personally believe that it’s more fun this way but I would absolutely agree if the only reason why hot sauce is added is to prepare your mouth for another big round of cold beer. Yes, I do think you can’t enjoy chicken wings without beer.
Forgive me but I grew up knowing this to be the only accepted method of consuming both beer and wings. It’s no fun without the other. They say that no good conversation ever started with eating salad, well, with the beer and wings combo, I’d have to agree.
- 2 pounds chicken wings, tips discarded
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
- sesame seeds
- Start by preheating the grill for medium – high heat. Lightly oil the grate in the process.
- Thoroughly wash the wings and pat dry with paper towel. Use cayenne, salt and pepper to season the meat.
- Cook the seasoned wings on the preheated grill; you can tell if it’s cooked through when the juices run clear. That should be about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the wings.
- Brush the meat constantly with honey while cooking it. Pour half a cup into a container and use a small brush.
- In a large bowl, add melted butter, the remaining honey, hot sauce and mix well.
- Remove the wings from the grill and toss them into the bowl. Let the hot butter sauce coat all of the wings.
- You can serve them as is or return to the grill for another minute so the sauce would set.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and some dipping sauce. Best served warm.