Grilled Buffalo Wings

grilled chicken wings

Grilled Buffalo Wings

These grilled chicken wings are slow-grilled and slathered in a classic Buffalo chicken wing sauce. Make plenty because everyone will want seconds!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 932 kcal


For the sauce:

  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 Cup hot sauce, such as Crystal, Texas Pete, or Tabasco
  • 2 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the wings:

  • 3 Pounds chicken wings
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil


1. Make the Buffalo sauce:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a small pot set over low heat and stir constantly until the butter melts. Do not let it boil.
Once the butter melts, whisk the sauce vigorously off the heat and set aside. It should remain liquid throughout the cooking process. If it starts to solidify, heat it up just enough to melt it, whisking all the time.
Whisking bbq sauce for a grilled chicken wings recipe.

2. Cut the wings into parts:

If you have whole chicken wings, you’ll want to cut them into parts.
Using a sturdy chef’s knife or poultry shears, cut off the wing tips and either discard or reserve (we usually freeze) for making chicken stock. Then use your knife or shears to separate the drumettes from the flats (the mid-joint wings).
Chicken Wings in the Instant Pot
Chicken Wings in the Pressure Cooker
Chicken Wings

3. Heat the grill:

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for low, indirect cooking. 250°F is a good temperature to shoot for, although even as high as 300°F will work. The goal is to slowly grill the wings and let some of the fat render out.

4. Grill the wings:

Toss the wings with the vegetable oil and the salt, and arrange in one layer on the grill set over indirect low heat. If you are using charcoal or wood, it will be very difficult to do this, so set your fire on one side of the grill and arrange the wings on the other side, away from the direct heat.
You want them to cook slowly, with little or no sizzle. Cover the grill and cook like this for 30 minutes.
Chicken wings set on a grill to show how to grill chicken wings.

5. Baste the wings and continue grilling:

Turn the wings and paint with the Buffalo wing sauce. Close the grill and cook for another 30 minutes. Repeat the process, until the wings are done to your liking, this time painting the wings every 15 minutes or so. Make sure you have a little leftover sauce to toss the wings with at the end.
Basting bbq sauce on grilled wings.
BBQ chicken wings on a grill.

6. Serve:

Toss the chicken wings in the leftover sauce and transfer to a serving platter. Serve immediately while warm.
Overhead view of bbq wings on a plate.

One Comment

  1. Mark

    Thanks for your blog, nice to read. Do not stop.

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