I’m often long-winded when I write. Choosing words to best illustrate one’s circumstance. And although I use the written word as an escape and a chance to paint the canvas of life spread out before me, sometimes it’s the things left unsaid that speak loudest of all.
This recipe is classic. It doesn’t need an explanation. But this time I stepped outside the usual box I reside in and decided to mix up my normal sauce and the method I usually cook them. So I took them to the grill and waited patiently, something I normally don’t want to do. The goal was to build flavour and char them for some depth. And I tossed them in a sweet and sticky sauce that left us licking our fingers long after the food was gone.
This has been the summer of uncomfortable being, hot and humid and uneasy. But it’s also the summer of change. Of exploring and widening our box, both in life and in work. And bathing in the silence. Silently occupying.
From my kitchen to yours,
Lime & Maple Stick Grilled Wings
- 2/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot original
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- zest of 2 limes
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, skins removed and crushed
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
- 3 pounds of chicken wings (20-25 wings) wash and pat dry
- oil, for the grill
- Heat the grill to medium high heat (400F degrees). Season the wings with a generous amount of coarse salt & 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Rub the grill grates with oil so the wings do not stick. Add the wings to the grill and cover. Flip every couple of minutes or so, until they’re slightly charred and crisp and cooked through, roughly 20 minutes. Keep an eye for flare-ups and burning, turning down the heat or moving the wings off the hot spot until the flares are under control.
- Meanwhile, combine the lime juice, lime zest, hot sauce, maple syrup, butter, garlic and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Before the wings are done, transfer the sauce to a medium pan over medium low and heat the sauce.
- Remove the wings from the grill and transfer to a large bowl. Pour the sauce over top and stir to combine.
- Serves 2-4.