Grilled Turkey Wings

You don’t have to brine a whole bird for days to enjoy flavorful turkey.  Yes, there is the ever-popular giant leg sold at summer food and music fests and Disney parks worldwide.  And you can grill up a (usually dried out) burger or broil a sad looking tiny breast.  But don’t forget about the wings!  Cheaper than chicken these days, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that they can be even more satisfying and flavorful.

When sold alone, these wings tend to be large and meaty enough that just 2 can make a meal.  If you’re starting to be inundated with veggies from your CSA (like I am), they go great with some collard greens or an arugula salad.  Perfect for a summer weekend lunch or quick dinner.  Just season them for at least half an hour with a marinade or dry rub of your choice.  (I used some salt, pepper, red pepper, ground ginger, smoked paprika, chipotle pepper and chile powder.)

IMG_0589Then throw them on the grill over indirect medium high heat for about 25 minutes.  Or you can lower the temp and cook them longer (about 45 mins).  I find that grilling temps vary so much that trying to do low and slow with wings is not worth the effort.  As long as you have the char, it should be good on flavor.  And you can break the wings apart and cook the tips separately so they don’t overcook.  I like the crispness of the tips and skin, so I don’t discard them like some recipes advise.  Experiment a little bit and see what works on your grill and to your liking.  At this cheap price point, you can afford to try this a few times.

IMG_0590Serve these with some blue cheese dressing (just like buffalo wings) or a BBQ sauce- whatever you prefer and is easiest.

IMG_0591Just be careful not to burn or overcook them.  Maybe there won’t be a Buffalo Wild Turkey Wings restaurant popping up anytime soon, but in the meantime – make your own!

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