Hot Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Servings: 6 to 8 | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Grilling time: 22 to 24 minutes


  • 16 chicken wings, about 2½ pounds total, each one cut in half at the joint, wing tips removed;


  • 4 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo;
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder;
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder;
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika;
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt;
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper;

Hot Sauce

  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced;
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil;
  • 4 teaspoon cider vinegar;
  • kosher salt;
  • 2½ teaspoons hot pepper sauce;
  • freshly ground black pepper;


  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese;
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk;
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise;
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream;
  • ½ teaspoon cider vinegar;



  1. In a large bowl combine the paste ingredients. Add the wings and stir to coat them all over with the paste. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. In a heavy, small saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar and hot pepper sauce and simmer for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to large glass or stainless steel bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the dressing ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium-high heat (about 450°F).
  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Remove the wings from the bowl and wipe off most of the paste. Grill the wings over direct medium-high heat until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes, turning once. Move the wings over indirect medium-high heat and continue grilling until the meat is no longer pink at the bone and the skin is crisp, about 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Keep the lid closed as much as possible during grilling. Transfer the wings to the bowl with the hot sauce; turn to coat. Return the wings to the grill and cook over direct medium-high heat for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill and serve with the blue cheese dressing.

Bon appetit!


[Recipe source: Weber’s Real Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance]

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