Big Green Egg and I are working together today, sharing our Big Green Egg grilling tips for chicken wings. Our tips will make you the big kahuna of chicken wings and they will come out perfect every time.
First let me introduce you to my hubby, with his favorite gift ever. For Christmas one year, everyone in our family pitched in to give him Big Green Egg gift cards. We put a little money in ourselves to buy this baby. Gas grills that rusted out after just a few years of use really frustrated us. We figured by the time we paid for three gas grills (and we had already bought 2), we would have paid for an egg. This grill will last forever.
We bought a large sized Egg, so we can grill turkeys and pork butts for BBQ. If you do a lot of grilling, we don't recommend buying anything smaller. We have tried other lump charcoals, but the hubby says Big Green Egg's brand is the best. Luckily, we to live close to BGE headquarters, so we can pop in and pic up a bag really easily, but there are plenty of places to buy it.
Big Green Egg Grilling Tips: Lump Charcoal vs. Charcoal Briquettes
Hard lump charcoal is different from regular charcoal briquettes. It's made from a selection of 100% hardwoods and requires no lighter fluid. The Egg heats almost as fast as a gas grill, and you get the taste of charcoal grilled meat. Seriously, how can you go wrong with that?!
The charcoal does not burn completely away, so when you are ready to grill you will seem some left from the last time you grilled.
You just need to add a little more on top and then light it up! They have fire starter sticks you can use, but the Big Green Egg Electric Starter is totally worth the money. It works quicker, and you only have to buy it once. You just put it down into the charcoal and let it heat up to start your fire.
Add some wood chips right on top of your coals. Soak them in water first, to prevent them from catching fire and burning your food. Then place the grate on top.
In the picture below you will see the wings were sauced, but we have found through trial and error that it's best to grill first and sauce after. We also found this great tip from Alton Brown to make your wings crispier without frying. Jut follow the directions for steaming, refrigerating, then grilling.
Put your wings onto the Big Green Egg to start cooking.
Close the top, or your food wont cook. The next picture shows how to set the daisy wheel on the top and bottom vent to keep a low temperature of about 200-250 degrees. This will slow cook your wings so they don't burn, and they'll get a good smokey flavor.
Let them cook for about 15 minutes on the first side, then flip them for another 10-15 minutes, or until they've cooked through.
As you can see above, there were a few flames. All you need to do is close the lid and completely close the daisy wheel on top. In seconds your flames are gone!
NEVER use water on your Big Green Egg.
Even using water on the coals will put moisture into the walls and cause your egg to crack. Depending on your finances and love for your Egg, a cracked Egg may just give you a heart attack, and we wouldn't want that!
See no more flames and these wings are looking awesome. Big Green Egg grilling is easy and fun!
Remove your wings and put them in a sauce of your choice! We made four different kinds of wings in one shot, and you can get all of the recipes below.
I hope you will try some of these recipes and let me know what you think.
I would love to know what your favorite Big Green Egg grilling tip is, too!
Click on the photo of the wings that you want to try, then you'll be linked to the recipe!