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Lemon-Garlic Wings on the Grill

Lemon-Garlic Wings

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American BBQ, American Food
Keyword: chicken wings, grilled chicken wings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 42 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 491kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh


  • 3 pounds chicken wings flats and drummettes
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Simple brine:

  • 1 quart cold water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt


  • In a large container, combine brine ingredients. Let stand for 5 minutes and stir. The salt and sugar must be dissolved before use. 
    Submerge chicken wings in the brine. Cover the container, and place it into the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  • Set up a two-zone cooking space on your charcoal or gas grill. These lemon-garlic wings will be cooked indirectly. If using a pellet grill, aim for a 325 degrees F.
  • Remove chicken from brine and blot them dry with paper towels. Season wings with black pepper, onion powder, and marjoram.
  • Place onto grill and cook for 30-35 minutes, or until wings reach 165 degrees F.
  • While the wings are cooking, combine lemon juice with minced garlic and melted butter in a large glass or plastic bowl.
    Remove wings from the grill and place them into lemon mixture. Toss to coat.
  • Return the wings to the grill and cook over direct heat for 5-7 minutes, turning them as needed.
    If using a pellet grill, increase the heat to 450 degrees F. before placing the wings back on.
  • Once the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F, remove the lemon-garlic wings from the grill and serve. 
  • Check multiple wings for doneness before taking them off the grill. Flats tend to cook quicker than the drummettes.


All photos by: Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 11507mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 504IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg