Honey Jalapeño Chicken Wings & Drumsticks
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Honey Jalapeño Chicken Wings & Drumsticks

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Spicy jalapeño combined and a sweet honey sauce make these wings and drumsticks a “betcha can’t eat just one” flavor fest.

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Ingredients

For the rub
1
tablespoon smoked paprika
1
teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1
teaspoon ground thyme
1
teaspoon kosher salt
1/2
teaspoon brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon cayenne pepper
For the wings
3
pounds chicken wings and drumsticks
3
tablespoons olive oil
 
carrots, to serve on the side
 
celery, to serve on the side
For the sauce
4-6
jalapeño peppers, diced and seeded
1
medium sweet onion, diced
3
tablespoons yellow bell pepper, diced
3-4
cloves garlic, minced
2
cups tomato sauce
1
cup honey
1/3
cup apple cider vinegar
1/2
lime, juiced
3
tablespoons brown sugar
2
tablespoons yellow mustard
2
tablespoons Worcestershire
2
tablespoons olive oil
2
tablespoons butter, room temperature
1
tablespoon liquid smoke
 
kosher salt to taste
 
ground black pepper to taste
For the blue cheese dip
6
ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup buttermilk
3/4
cup blue cheese, crumbled
2
cloves garlic, minced
3
scallions, trimmed and chopped
2
tablespoons Worcestershire
 
kosher salt to taste
 
ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Prep Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes, Cook Time: 20 Minutes
1

Combine the rub ingredients in a large bowl. Rub spices into wings, liberally coating all portions of the chicken. Place the chicken in an air-tight sealed container and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more, up to overnight. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to grilling.

2

Preheat the grill to medium, 300-350°F. Place wood chips on top of the grill grates.

3

Place chicken on the grill. Close the lid and grill 20-25 minutes, turning chicken once after 10 minutes and basting intermittently with olive oil.

4

Combine all ingredients for the honey jalapeno barbecue sauce and set aside.

5

When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 150°F (about 20 minutes), increase the grill temp to high. Liberally brush wings with barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 10 minutes, brushing chicken every 2-3 minutes as sauce begins to caramelize.

6

Remove chicken from the grill and brush again with sauce. Place under a tin foil tent for 3-5 minutes.

7

Combine all ingredients for the blue cheese dip in a bowl and set aside.

8

Serve the wings with carrots, celery and creamy blue cheese dip.

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