Nashville Hot Grilled Chicken Wings

May 30, 2020


Set up your grill for two-zone cooking and let it heat up to 375 to 400 degrees while you prepare the wings. Traditional Nashville Hot Wings only use salt and pepper, but this recipe also calls for a dry rub for a little bit of variety. Season the wings liberally with salt, pepper and your favorite dry rub on all sides, whichever way you like.

Once it’s up to temperature, add the wings to the indirect heat side of the grill, leaving space between them for air flow. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 20 to 25 minutes.

While the wings are grilling, prepare the sauce by combining the cayenne pepper, brown sugar, black pepper, sea salt, paprika, garlic powder and lard, then combine with a whisk until consistent.

Move wings to the direct heat side of the grill and turn every 15 to 20 seconds until the skin is crispy, then remove from heat. Once all of your wings are fully cooked, toss in the Nashville Hot Sauce to coat. Serve with pickles and enjoy.


30-40 chicken wings

Salt and pepper, to taste

Your favorite dry rub (optional)

3 tablespoons cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

4 ounces melted lard

Sliced pickles