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Recipes for Grilled Wings

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A charcoal grill can impart great flavors onto wings

Super-Basic GRILLED Chicken Wings
3 pounds jumbo chicken wings
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Build a two-level fire in your grill, which means you put all the coals on one side of the grill and leave the other side free of coals. When the flames have died down, the coals are covered with gray ash, and the fire is medium-hot (you can hold your hand 6 inches above the grill for 4 to 5 seconds), you’re ready to cook.
Cut the wings into 3 sections, saving the tips for stock. Sprinkle the 2 larger sections with the salt and pepper and grill directly over the coals, flipping occasionally, until cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. To check for doneness, cut into one of the wing sections at the joint; there should be no pinkness. Serve hot.
Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer
GRILLED Chicken WINGS with FRESH HERBS, GARLIC, and LEMON
As Spicy as you want them to be, these are one of summer’s best party starters.
PREP
While the fire heats up, prepare the following and set out in small
individual containers:
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh garlic
1/4 cup freshly chopped herbs, any one or a combination of any of the following: basil, parsley, marjoram, oregano, or thyme
8 to 12 shots of Tabasco, depending on your appetite for heat
Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
GRILL
Follow recipe for Super- Basic Grilled Chicken Wings above.
TOSS
When the wings come off the grill, dump them into a very large bowl, add all of the prepped ingredients one after the other, and toss as if your party’s life depended on it. Serve hot.
Reprinted with permission from The Big-Flavor Grill, by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, copyright 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House LLC.