sticky lime grilled chicken wings

by Michael on August 5, 2012 · 29 comments


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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove the wings from the grill and transfer to a large bowl. Pour the sauce over top and stir to combine.
  4. Serves 2-4.



Leave a Comment

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen @ Savory Simple August 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I tend to get a bit long-winded as well and often spend a lot of time trying to edit myself. These photos are stunning! And the wings sound heavenly.


indugetscooking August 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

The second pic just makes you want to take a bite!


Brian August 6, 2012 at 10:01 am


First of all, I don’t think you’re long-winded… you’re just thoughtful and you have a lot to say. :-)

This is such a great end-of-summer treat. One that should be on everyone’s BBQ list.



Bev @ Bev Cooks August 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’m dying. I just want to rub that sauce all over my face.


Vanessa @ Cakes and Teacups August 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

This is a great recipe inspiration. Something new I can make for the family. You’re photos are lovely as well…: )


Robin August 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Your photos and words produce mouthwatering effects!


harmony August 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

The combination of ingredients sounds delicious, but please check your prep instructions. I’m not sure they’re in the right order. Step #3 says to remove wings from the grill but in Step #2 they’re supposed to be refrigerating in the sauce (with no instruction on how long they should marinate). A little more clarification and I’ll be ready to try this. Thanks!


Jessica Cox August 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

That photo of the half eaten chicken is making me salivate! I want to make this and just do a simple change up on the butter for some oil instead to make a #df version. Sticky goodness coming this way!


Javelin Warrior August 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

These wings look incredible – the color is fantastic and I love the use of fresh limes! I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas…


Rachel August 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Holy *(%*^$^%#^*)_)!

That looks absolutely fantastic! I bet the heat, sweet and lime flavors blend together so well!


Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings August 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

These wings make me hungry :) The spicier and the stickier, the better!


Angenella February 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Just made these wings and they were absolutely delicious! My friend happened to stop by my home and I shared the wings with her and she loved them too! These will officially be in my “Wing Wednesday” rotation!


levi March 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Would this sauce work with deep-fried wings?


Michael March 4, 2014 at 9:12 am

I imagine they would!


Heidi May 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Have made these a few times. They are SO GOOD! Thanks for the recipe, beautiful photos too!


{ 14 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: