Best-Ever Grilled Chicken Wings


Seriously the Best Grilled Chicken Wings you’ll ever make! There are 2 secrets to grilling chicken wings perfectly: soaking them in a flavorful brine & grilling with 2 zones of heat. These grilled wings stay juicy & tender thanks to a simple beer brine, & they get deliciously charred & crispy using 2-zone grilling. This grilled wings recipe is buffalo-style for hot wing lovers, but it includes easy variations for other dry-rubbed & marinated wings. Perfect for summer parties, game day, or casual dinners at home, you'll turn to this grilled chicken wings recipe over & over again!

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A crispy grilled wing dunked in a small bowl of bleu cheese dressing, in the center of a small baking sheet of grilled chicken wings, topped generously with snipped chives & served with bleu cheese dressing. The tray sits atop a black & white striped linen on a white surface next to a bottle of Franks RedHot hot sauce.

Wings Lovers! This is the Only Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe You’ll Ever Need 🔥

I’m admittedly a bit of a snob when it comes to wings. Our old apartment in Milwaukee was around the corner from a handful of amazing chicken wing restaurants (in case you didn’t know, wings are a pretty big deal in MKE!). (Our absolute favorites were the grilled & extra crispy “Stein-Style” wings at The Knick. They’re off the menu now, but you can still special-request them as “Knick-style” wings if you have the inside scoop. 😏)

Milwaukee grilled wings totally converted me into a lifetime grilled chicken wings lover. Fried chicken wings are always incredible, of course. But there’s something about the charred bits & smoky grilled flavor of crispy grilled chicken wings that’s especially irresistible!

Of course I had to start making my own! This grilled chicken wings recipe has been a PWWB reader favorite ever since we published it way back in 2017. It’s written for super easy, juicy, & crispy grilled buffalo wings but can be easily modified to make any flavor you love. The versatility of this grilled wings recipe is one of the reasons it’s the absolute best. If you’re stumbling upon this recipe for the first time…man, oh man, are you in for a major treat!

Grilled Chicken Wings Recipe Highlights

This is BEST grilled chicken wings recipe out there because it’s (click for shortcuts within this post!)…

  • CRISPY YET JUICY. A flavorful beer brine & grilling with 2 zones of heat creates juicy & tender grilled chicken wings with crispy & charred skin. Seriously, so perfect!
  • EASIER THAN TAKEOUT. This grilled wings recipe calls for just 3 key ingredients & the wings grill up in about 15-20 minutes.
  • SERIOUSLY VERSATILE. These buffalo-style grilled chicken wings are easily modified to create other flavors you love. Switch up your grilled chicken wings with marinade or dry rub – the options are endless!

Absolutely perfect, every single time. ♡ Read on to learn more about how to make the Best-Ever Grilled Chicken Wings, or jump straight to the recipe & get grilling!

The Best Grilled Buffalo Wings Call For the Simplest Ingredients

At the base of this grilled chicken wings recipe are 3 key ingredients, plus a few other pantry staples to make a hot & spicy buffalo sauce. Grilled buffalo wings are our go-to, but you can easily use any dry rub or wing marinade you love most – we’ve provided a ton of grilled wing variations below!

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Note: Full ingredients list & measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below.

To make this grilled Buffalo wings recipe, you’ll need…

  • Chicken wings – I recommend using fresh chicken wings, but frozen ones work well too if that’s what you have on hand (chicken wings are a staple in our freezer!). Be sure to transfer the frozen wings to the refrigerator to let them thaw overnight.
  • Beer – A super simple beer brine is my secret to juicy grilled chicken wings! We like to use a beer that’s big & flavorful, like an IPA, porter, or stout. The beer flavor ends up being pretty mild on the grilled wings – just enough to know that it’s there!
  • Salt – Essential for a brine! Salt draws out the water from the chicken & replaces it with the more flavorful beer – osmosis magic! 🪄
  • Grilled buffalo wings sauce – Keep these grilled wings buffalo-style by tossing them in a mix of Frank’s RedHot, unsalted butter, garlic powder, & smoked paprika.

How to Brine Chicken Wings for Grilling (Using Beer! 🍻)

If you’ve ever grilled chicken before then you know how easy it is to end up with totally dried-out chicken meat. It’s the worst, especially when grilling chicken wings! A simple brine is the first step to avoiding dry & tough grilled wings. 

Since chicken is pretty lean, it always benefits from brine or a marinade. Using an easy beer brine infuses the wings with rich & flavorful moisture to keep the chicken nice & juicy. The beer also adds a rich, earthy flavor that’s pretty hard to beat (even if you don’t love the flavor of beer!). Beer brine is a 2 minute step that makes a world of a difference in your grilled chicken wings. Don’t skip it!

Full Recipe Directions, including step-by-step photos, are included in the Recipe Card, below.

Choosing the right beer for the beer brine. ⇢ For best results, I recommend a big, hoppy beer like an IPA, porter, or stout. You can also use a lighter beer like a pilsner or ale, but I’ve found their flavors don’t add as much of a wow-factor to the chicken. Even if you’re not a big IPA lover or beer drinker (I am not!), the earthy flavor of hoppy beer is pretty perfect with grilled chicken wings. If you prefer not to use beer, buttermilk is a great alternative.

Brining chicken wings couldn’t be easier. It sounds fancy, but think of it just like marinating!

  • How to brine chicken wings for grilling? ⇢ Place your wings in a large airtight container or resealable bag, add a good amount of kosher salt, top it all off with beer, & let it do its thing in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • How long to brine chicken wings? ⇢ Time is what gives this grilled chicken wings recipe extra depth of flavor, so soak the wings as long as possible (up to 3 days). If you only have 15 minutes before dinner needs to get on the grill, you can still do a quick brine for juiciness. Just know that it will lack a bit in flavor. So plan ahead! Beer brine is one of the easiest meal preps ever.

Grilling Chicken Wings 101: Get the Crispiest Grilled Wings With 2-Zone Grilling

Ever wonder how to make grilled wings crispy yet totally juicy? The secret is 2-zone grilling! Grilling with both indirect heat & direct heat creates perfectly crispy, charred, juicy, & tender wings. Not only is the 2-zone grilling the best method for grilling wings, it also couldn’t be easier! First, grill the wings over indirect heat so they cook through without burning. Then, finish them over a hot direct heat to turn them beautifully crispy & charred. Super simple!

How to make grilled chicken wings with 2-zone grilling:


Light the grill. Prepare your grill for 2-zone grilling, creating a zone of direct high heat & a zone of indirect heat. If using a gas grill, it’s as simple as lighting half of its burners to their highest setting. If using a charcoal grill, simply distribute all the lit charcoal to one side of the grill. The side of the grill directly over the heat source is the direct heat zone, while the other side is the indirect heat zone. Learn more! ⇢ Learn all about How to Light a Grill & 2-Zone Grilling.


Cook the wings with indirect heat. The secret to not drying out your grilled chicken wings is cooking them with gentle heat. To do so, place the brined chicken wings over the indirect heat source, as close to the fire as possible without being over the direct heat. Then close the lid to let all the hot air circulate. Grill the wings for about 7-10 minutes on each side. Grilling Tip! ⇢ When you flip the wings, rearrange them so the wings closest to the flame are now furthest from the flame & vice versa. This helps ensure everything grills up evenly.


Finish the buffalo wings over direct heat. Once cooked, the wings still need a little bit of love to get that totally crispy & charred skin we’re after here. Move the wings over the open flame in the direct heat zone to finish them off. Grill for a few minutes per side to let the skin char without overcooking the chicken. Grilled buffalo wings tip! ⇢ This is also the moment to slather the grilled chicken wings with plenty of buffalo sauce for the best hot wing flavor!

How to make grilled wings, step 4: Char the wings over direct heat. Grilled buffalo wings arranged on a gas grill over direct heat to char grill them. A pastry brush brushes additional Frank's RedHot over the wings.

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Go-To Dips & Toppings for Serving Grilled Buffalo Wings

Juicy & charred grilled buffalo wings are perfect as-is, right off the grill. But if you have the time, whipping up a few simple special touches will take your grilled chicken wings to a whole new level.

A small baking sheet of grilled chicken wings, topped generously with snipped chives & served with bleu cheese dressing. The tray sits atop a black & white striped linen on a white surface next to a can & a few glasses of PBR beer.

The Best Grilled Chicken Wing Dip: Herby Yogurt Ranch

While you can definitely buy a bottle of ranch if it’s more convenient, this quick homemade version is super easy to make & one of my all-time faves.

Herby Yogurt Ranch! ⇢ Simply combine Greek yogurt with a splash of apple cider vinegar & generous amounts of finely chopped garlic, dill, & fresh chives or green onion. Whisk in some water until it’s the right dipping consistency & season with S&P to taste.

I love the herby coolness it adds to the grilled chicken wings, but it pairs perfectly with anything buffalo-flavored – buffalo chicken bowls, buffalo chicken sliders, you name it! More details in the Recipe Notes, below!

Other Grilled Chicken Wing Toppings

Extra toppings never hurt! Grilled buffalo wings practically beg for a sprinkle of crumbled blue cheese, chives, or green onions. I also love adding a few lemon wedges & sliced carrots & celery on the side for people to enjoy as they please. Add a bowl of dip & you have the ultimate grilled chicken wings platter!

A small baking sheet of grilled chicken wings, & are topped generously with snipped chives. The tray sits atop a black & white striped linen on a white surface next to a bottle of Frank's RedHot hot sauce.

Easy Grilled Wings Variations

I LOVE classic grilled Buffalo wings! But, the true beauty of this grilled chicken wings recipe is it’s a great base for pretty much any flavored grilled wings you can imagine. Try a different grilled chicken wings marinade or season the wings with a dry rub for endless options! Some ideas to get you started…

Feel Free to Customize!

BBQ Grilled Wings. My go-to BBQ dry rub is perfect on any type of chicken, especially wings! Brine as directed, then season your wings with dry rub before grilling & toss the grilled wings in your favorite BBQ sauce after they’re cooked. For dry rubbed grilled chicken wings, just skip the sauce!

Grilled Lemon Pepper Wings. Buffalo wings aside, the most iconic chicken wings! Brine as directed, then season your wings with your favorite lemon pepper seasoning before grilling. For an extra-special touch, toss lemon wedges directly on the grill to serve your lemon pepper grilled wings with charred lemon juice. So good!

Teriyaki Grilled Wings. Skip the brine & soak the wings in Mom’s legendary teriyaki marinade! Take it an extra step & double the marinade to baste the wings as they grill for a caramelized & crisp finish. Be sure to serve alongside Hawaiian mac salad!

Greek Chicken Wings. I’m obsessed with this bold & zesty lemony Greek grilled wings recipe. Serve with creamy whipped feta for dipping. SO good!

Tuscan-Inspired Grilled Wings. Infuse some classic lemon, garlic, & fresh rosemary into your grilled chicken wings with this easy Tuscan marinade. Tuscany is pretty famous for being Italy’s grill-loving, meat-loving region, so it’s perfect for grilled wings!

Whisky-Lovers Grilled Wings. Skip the brine & soak your chicken wings in a tangy, rich & sweet brown sugar bourbon marinade. The sweetness from the brown sugar will help create even more amazing caramelized char on the grill – so good!

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I can’t wait for you to try these Best-Ever Grilled Chicken Wings! If you do give them a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations! Happy grilling! ♡

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A crispy grilled wing dunked in a small bowl of bleu cheese dressing, in the center of a small baking sheet of grilled chicken wings, topped generously with snipped chives & served with bleu cheese dressing. The tray sits atop a black & white striped linen on a white surface next to a bottle of Franks RedHot hot sauce.

Best-Ever Grilled Chicken Wings

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  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Inactive Marinating Time: up to 3 days
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves up to 6
  • Category: Main Dishes, Appetizer Recipes, Snack Recipes
  • Method: Grilling & Smoking
  • Cuisine: American


Grilled chicken wings are one of my all-time favorite foods – I fell in love with them when one of our Milwaukee apartments was just around the corner from a neighborhood restaurant that served the BEST crispy char-grilled wings. When we moved out of the neighborhood & out of the city, we craved them constantly, so my quest to figuring out how the to grill chicken wings perfectly began. 

It all comes down to 2 secrets: 

  1. Beer brine. Soaking the chicken wings in a beer brine infuses them with rich, earthy flavor & helps them stay super juicy & tender on the grill. (Don’t love beer? No problem. Check the Recipe Notes, below, for some easy swaps.)
  2. 2-zone grilling. Perfect grilled wings cook up 2 phases with 2 different heat zones. Gentle indirect heat slowly cooks the wings evenly & prevents them from drying out or burning – they stay super juicy. Finishing them over direct hot heat creates delicious char & makes them super crispy. (Never grilled with the 2-zone method before? No worries! Learn all about 2-zone grilling here.)

This particular recipe is written for grilled buffalo chicken wings (my go-to buffalo sauce is included below!), but it’s a great base recipe to make whatever wings you love – BBQ dry rubbed, lemon pepper, teriyaki style wings, & more. Be sure to check out the blog post, above, for plenty of inspiration & a few of my favorite variations. Happy grilling!


  • 3 pounds fresh chicken wing sections
  • 16 ounces beer of choice (see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup Frank’s RedHot Original
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heaping teaspoon smoked paprika
  • for serving, as desired: crumbled blue cheese, freshly snipped chives or green onions, blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing (see Recipe Notes for our go-to wing dip!), sliced carrots, sliced celery, etc.


  1. Brine the chicken wings in beer: Place the chicken wings in a large airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Pour the beer over top & season with the kosher salt. Toss to combine well, ensuring all the of the chicken wings are submerged in the brine. Cover/seal & transfer to the refrigerator to brine for at least 12 hours or up to 3 days. The longer you’re able to brine, the juicier & more flavorful your grilled buffalo chicken wings will be.
    How to make grilled buffalo wings, step 1: Brine the wings. A clear glass mixing bowl sits atop a creamy white textured surface filled with chicken wing sections. The chicken has been topped with kosher salt and a bottle of India Pale Ale beer is poured overtop the chicken wing sections to brine the chicken prior to grilling.
  2. Grill prep: About 30 minutes before you’re ready to grill, pull the wings out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature for more even grilling. Prepare your grill for indirect cooking, creating a zone of direct high heat & a second zone of indirect heat. If using a gas grill, begin preheating at least 15 minutes before grilling. If using charcoal, light the charcoal at least 30 minutes prior to grilling. (To learn more about zone grilling, be sure to check out this post.) This is also a great time to mix up the buffalo sauce – simply add the Frank’s RedHot Original, melted butter, garlic powder, & smoked paprika to a small bowl & mix to combine well.
    A woman's hand shown above an open Weber Genesis II, prepared for indirect heat grilling with one side of burners all the way open and the other side shut.
  3. Grill the wings with indirect heat: Once the grill is hot, place the brined chicken wings on the indirect side of the grill, shaking off & discarding any excess beer brine. Arrange the wings as close to the fire as possible without being over the direct heat. Close the grill lid & cook the wings with indirect heat for 7-10 minutes. Flip the wings, rearranging them so the wings furthest from the direct heat source in the first half of the cook are closest to the heat during the second half, & vice versa. Close the grill lid & cook the wings with indirect heat for 7-10 minutes more. If your wing sections are smaller, they’ll grill up in closer to 7 minutes per side, if larger it’ll take closer to 10 minutes per side – the goal is to cook the wings almost entirely with indirect heat.How to grill chicken wings, step 3: Grill the wings with indirect heat. Brined chicken wings are placed over the an indirect heat section of a gas grill for cooking.
  4. Char the wings over direct heat: Arrange the cooked wings over the direct heat to finish them off with a good crispy char, about 2 minutes per side or until as charred as desired, carefully brushing with the prepared buffalo sauce as they cook.How to make grilled wings, step 4: Char the wings over direct heat. Grilled buffalo wings arranged on a gas grill over direct heat to finish cooking them and achieve a char grill.
  5. Serve: Transfer the grilled buffalo wings to a serving platter, drizzling any remaining buffalo sauce over top. As desired, finish with freshly snipped chives or green onions & crumbled blue cheese. Serve immediately with blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing. Enjoy!A close up of grilled buffalo wings served on a parchment lined aluminum baking sheet atop a creamy white textured surface. The wings have been garnished with freshly snipped chives and are served with a small bowl of ranch. A black linen napkin with white stripes rests alongside the baking sheet.


  • Ingredient Notes:
    • Beer: Even if you don’t love the flavor of beer or you’re not typically a beer drinker (I am not!), a beer brine adds rich, earthy flavor to chicken that’s pretty hard to beat. I’ve tested these grilled wings using all kinds of beer. Any beer works well, but for the best results, use a big &/or hoppy beer such as an IPA, porter, or stout. If you’d prefer not to use beer, buttermilk is an awesome alternative – it makes the chicken extra juicy & tender. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, you can quickly DIY it by adding 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. You’ll need 2 cups of buttermilk for this grilled chicken wing brine.
    • Go-to grilled chicken wing dip – herby yogurt ranch: To a small bowl, add 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (whole milk or 2% is best), 1 finely chopped clove of garlic, 3-4 tablespoons finely chopped chives or green onions, 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, & 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Mix to combine well, drizzling in a few tablespoons of water as needed to reach desired consistency.
  • 10-Minute Meal Prep: Nearly all of the active prep work for these grilled chicken wings come from brining the wings. Up to 3 days before you’d like to grill the wings, brine the chicken wings in beer according to Step 1 of Recipe Directions, above. At dinnertime, all you have to do is fire up the grill – easy! (<10 minutes active prep)

Recipe, Food Styling, & Hero Shots by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Process Photography by Rachel Cook, Half Acre House.

A small baking sheet of grilled chicken wings, topped generously with snipped chives & served with bleu cheese dressing. The tray sits atop a black & white striped linen on a white surface next to a can & a few glasses of PBR beer & a bottle of Frank's RedHot Hot Sauce.

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Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.


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  1. 8.8.23
    Carol k said:

    Excellent! Best recipe I’ve found yet!!!

    • 8.9.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thank you so much, Carol! So happy to hear that!

  2. 5.8.23
    Kelly Dang said:

    I’ve struggled with grilling wings that were dry, or undercooked, or with skin that just wouldn’t crisp up. But these turned out really great! Thanks so much for the detailed 2-zone method instructions, it was perfect! And the brine…I was so surprised how moist these were. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the buffalo sauce. We thought it was very salty so we used a different sauce to baste and serve. But overall, these grilled wings are awesome!

    • 5.9.23
      Emma @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      So glad you loved the wings, Kelly!! 🙂

  3. 7.30.22
    Michele Greene said:

    My family thought these were the best wings they have ever had. I would also agree! I feel brining is the key. This is now a requested meal. Thank you for sharing!

    • 8.1.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Michele! Thanks so much for leaving a comment – we are so glad to hear that you & your family loved these wings! 🙂

  4. 5.18.22
    Carol o said:

    Wow, these were the best wings I have ever made or tasted. I can’t believe the difference in the brining and the zone cooking. Thanks you so much for this wonderful recipe. Hubby loves wings and also said they were the best. He had his doubts with the brining. All I had was Guinness stout so used that and they were delish!

    • 5.19.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Carol! Thanks so much for dropping a comment, we are SO glad you enjoyed & hope you’ll keep coming back to them all summer long! If you enjoy Mediterranean flavors try these Lemony Greek Grilled Chicken Wings next! 🙂

  5. 5.16.22
    Caitlin said:

    I was stunned…STUNNED…at how good these wings were. In my opinion, better than fried wings (I know, but trust me). Easily the best wings we’ve ever made at home. We will be grilling wings all summer long for sure!

  6. 6.27.21
    Natasha Tomich said:

    This are SO tasty and SO easy to make! Will definitely be making these again!

    • 6.28.21

      A total fave here, too! So glad to hear you enjoyed!

  7. 5.31.21
    Katie said:

    These were so.good. o.m.g. Jesse. The grilled flavor came through so perfectly due to your technique, and the brine gave the chicken itself such amazing flavor. Perfect for a Memorial Day cookout and will be easy enough to put together for a fun weeknight supper too. Thank you for sharing!

  8. 5.30.21
    Mitch said:

    I used a dry rub instead of the brine (personal preference,) but followed your cooking times on my Weber kettle grill. Your indirect-then-direct method worked perfectly with charcoal, too. The wings were right around 165 degrees after the total cook time, and were super moist inside. Most other grill recipes I’ve seen call for longer cook times, but the wings dry out if cooked much longer.

    I’m bookmarking this page as the best method.

    Oh, I did still have the beer – with the meal!

    • 6.20.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Mitch! So glad that this method worked out great for you, we swear by it for juicy wings! Thanks so much for sharing & glad you were still able to enjoy a beer with your grilled wings!

  9. 4.24.21
    Debra said:

    I thought these were amazing and the brine was well worth it! I do not understand the salt comment… they were not salty at all. ALL of my guests commented on how they loved the wings.

    • 5.3.21

      SO glad to hear it, Debra! Yes, the brine makes a world of difference. So glad you & your friends enjoyed – thanks for dropping a comment! Jess

  10. 4.15.21
    Anna said:

    These look amazing. I am hoping to grill these up this weekend. We love buffalo, but my kids love lemon pepper. Have you ever tried with any other seasonings? Or any recommendations?

    • 5.3.21

      Hey Anna! Sorry I’m just seeing your comment…Yes, lemon pepper would be awesome too! Let me know if you end up trying! Jess

  11. 4.11.21

    it is very delicious and full of nutrition and good for health thanks for share it

  12. 3.28.21
    Anna said:

    This is THE BEST wing recipe ever! I used this recipe the first time I ever tried grilling and these wings came out incredibly juicy and flavorful. Brining in beer and zone grilling is the way to go! I’ll never make wings any other way.

    • 5.5.21

      YAY, ANNA! Thank you for leaving a comment – so glad you love these wings as much as we do!

  13. 3.15.21
    Stacey said:

    These wings are seriously the best. The beer brine makes it so juicy and flavorful. I’ve made it twice now and the directions are clear so I can execute perfectly cooked chicken. And that char! A+ !

    • 5.14.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Stacey! We are SO glad to hear it, the beer brine definitely makes all the difference! If you loved this recipe stay tuned for even more grilled goodness this Spring & Summer when we kick off our 3rd Annual PWWB Grilling Series next week!

  14. 2.2.21

    You used an Furious IPA for the wings and have a PBR to drink in the picture with the final product? Child please

    • 2.2.21

      Sure did, Bud. Thanks for your condescension. Hope it made you feel better.

  15. 10.27.20
    Lauren said:

    These were INCREDIBLE and I felt like a rockstar for grilling these on my own! Thanks for the inspiration, Jess!

    • 6.20.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hey Lauren! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed these wings!! We love how simple it is to make restaurant-quality wings at home & feel so fortunate to be a part of your grilling journey!!

  16. 7.19.20
    Fernando said:

    I just tried this, super salty. I do not recommend.

    • 3.12.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hey Fernando! Sorry to hear that. The salt is used in the brine & is meant to draw out moisture to be replaced with the beer – keeping the wings nice & juicy when grilled! Anyways, to each, their own!

  17. 7.12.20
    Peter Naughton said:

    Do you think taking a meat tenderizer to the wings will help crisp the skin? So more fat gets out during cooking?

    • 5.24.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Peter! We have not tested using a meat tenderizer, instead we opt to rely on the 2-zone grilling method to get these grilled wings deliciously charred & crispy!

  18. 7.5.20
    Judy Gorino said:

    I grilled these up for Fourth of July. It was about 300 degrees outside in front of that grill under the beating sun but soooo worth it!! Once plated everyone shouted “you cooked too many” and then they ate them all. So juicy, so tasty, so easy! Awesome

    • 3.8.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Haha thank you for sharing, Judy! You can never have TOO many wings 😉 – so glad to hear that everyone loved them!

  19. 6.13.20
    Haley Clayton said:

    These were so good!! We doubled the recipe and are still fighting over the leftovers! Best chicken I’ve ever had 🙂

    • 2.5.21
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Haley! Yes, these can definitely be hard to share 😉 so glad you enjoyed!

  20. 6.5.20
    Daryl said:

    Simply amazing! Best wings ever.

    • 6.24.20
      jess said:

      So glad you love them, Daryl! They’re a fave at our house too!!! xx

  21. 4.17.20
    Erica said:

    Just finished eating these and omg!!!! Thank you! I’ve never brined in beer and I could totally tell the difference. Soooo juicy! I didn’t use traditional wing sauce though. I used Buffalo Wild Wings Asian zing and it was amazing!

  22. 11.12.19
    Maria said:

    I’m crazy picky about chicken wings. Mostly, crazy picky about texture. And this recipe gives the most perfectly charred/juicy wing! I was a bit nervous about the brine because I’m not a beer drinker but, trust me, nothing tops that flavor.

    • 2.14.20
      jess said:

      Yesssss!!! I’m so glad you love these wings as much as we do, Maria! Agree about the beer – I’m not a huge beer lover myself, but it sort of just adds some delicious funky umami that pairs really well with the buffalo sauce. Thanks for commenting!!!

  23. 10.5.19
    Elizabeth said:

    I just made these and they are amazing! I only brined a couple of hours. Way better than a store bought sauce. I will be adding this to my recipe book. Thanks for sharing!

  24. 8.27.19
    Joe said:

    You don’t mention when and how to put the hot sauce on.
    I considered myself an expert at wings but always looking for other ideas. For fun, why don’t you explain when and how you sauce these up”



    • 8.28.19
      jess said:

      hey joe! i like to brush the wings with sauce as they grill up – it creates that addictive crispy sauced-up crust that you crave when you think of grilled wings. i give the full run down in the recipe card – check out Steps 3-4!

  25. 7.28.19
    Dad said:

    Love wings

    • 8.5.19
      jess said:

      what’s not to love, right??

  26. 8.29.17
    McKenzie said:

    These look absolutely amazing! I think grilled wings aren’t given as much credit as they deserve. Thanks for sharing!

    • 8.31.17
      jess said:

      thanks, mckenzie! grilled wings are the best!!!

  27. 8.4.17
    Aaron C. said:

    Wow, these look excellent! I’m a big fan of the Daytona wings from Hooters and these look way better! Thanks for sharing.

    • 8.5.17
      jess said:

      thanks aaron! i’ve never had those wings, but i have had many, many grilled wings and these are top-notch for sure. let me know if you give them a try! xx

  28. 8.4.17
    Katie Dean Miller said:

    I am SO EXCITED to try this recipe out!! John + I are obsessed with buffalo wings and I can’t wait to try out grilled wings at home on our new grill versus going to a restaurant.

    • 8.5.17
      jess said:

      omg katie — you + john are going to LOVE these. they honestly could not be easier. beer brine + HIGH indirect heat. you’re going to almost think it’s too hot – but it’s NOT! just be patient. they’re so good – let me know how it goes!!! xx

  29. 8.3.17

    Pat has been asking for wings and I’M FINALLY GONNA DO IT. These look bananas. And your Thursday night sounds purrrrfect.

    • 8.3.17
      jess said:

      ellie, that makes me SO happy!!! let me know how it goes…i have a feeling pat’s gonna LOVE them. xx