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How to Cook BBQ Wings on a Gas Grill

author image Brynne Chandler
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.
How to Cook BBQ Wings on a Gas Grill
Close-up of wings being grilled on a gas grill. Photo Credit: AVNphotolab/iStock/Getty Images

Barbecued chicken wings make a savory snack that is far simpler to prepare than you might think. Grilling chicken wings takes very little time, because they are small and don’t contain much meat. Adding barbecue sauce adds not only flavor, but color also, and it helps keep grilled chicken wings from drying out. Do not brush raw wings or you will contaminate the barbecue sauce with bacteria from the raw chicken.

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Step 1

Spray your grill’s rack with nonstick cooking spray and preheat it to medium-high.

Step 2

Rinse your chicken wings in cool water and pat them dry with paper towels.

Step 3

Snip the wing tips off with shears and discard them, or save them to make broth or stock with. This will leave you with something that looks sort of like a boomerang.

Step 4

Toss the chicken wings in olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5

Place the oiled and seasoned wings on the hot grill rack.

Step 6

Cook the wings for eight to 10 minutes and turn them with tongs.

Step 7

Brush the tops of the chicken wings with barbecue sauce and cook them for another eight to 10 minutes.

Step 8

Turn the chicken wings, brush the tops and cook them for two to four minutes more. Poke the very tip of an instant-read thermometer into the meaty part of the largest wing. The wings are done when their internal temperature reaches 165 F.

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