Friday, July 19, 2013

Dry Rub for Grilled Chicken Wings

We grill a lot of chicken wings at our house.

We grill them indirect.  We grill them direct.  We grill them with commercial rubs and sauces.  We grill them with homemade rubs and sauces.  We are equal opportunity wingers.  

This is the basic wing rub that we have come to use.   It provides a medium spicy-heat level and works with a variety of sauce flavor profiles.  If you like it hotter, up the chipotle and red pepper flake.  If you want mild, drop the quantity of the same two.  

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NMT Wing Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1/4 tsp garlic flake
  • 1/4 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container until needed. This yields enough for 24 wing pieces.
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In addition to the flavor, I think this rub adds a nice texture because of the dried garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes.  It is good to let the rub sit on the wings for 30 to 45 minutes so the juices rehydrate the seasonings before going on the grill.  
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This particular batch my NMT Wing Rub and I sauced the wings with Blackwoods Garlic & Parmesan wing sauce.   Combined, they were spicy but still had a great flavor, not just heat.  


  1. I don't make wings enough. And I like the tile on your grill counter. And I have that same green bowl (it's a set right?) And who eats all this great food you make? GREG

  2. Wings look great and sounds like a good rub. do "t" and "tsp" mean the same thing in the recipe?

    1. did you get an answer to your question?

  3. I love grilled chicken wings.

  4. We, too, love wings. One question: I don't exactly know what turbinado sugar is. What can I use in place of it? Brown? As is usual I will likely only see a reply if I can trouble you to send it to Thanks.

  5. Looks like a great rub and lots of versatility with how much or how little hot you want. Hope you guys are having a great weekend.

  6. Hmmmm. My husband loves chicken wings & I think he would really dig these bad boys. Love the dry rub!

  7. Haven't met many wings that I didn't like. Wings are the 5th food group at my house. Gonna have to try your NMT Wing Rub. BTW, it took me awhile to figure out what NMT meant, guess I haven't had enough coffee this morning.

    StephenC - turbinado sugar is a less refined sugar and has a higher burning point than other sugars so its less likely to burn on the grill. On the baking aisle at your grocery store, look for a brown box called "Sugar In The Raw" near the other sugars. That's what you want.

  8. Love the smell of smoked paprika. It is so smooth but still pungent. Adds a nice kick to anything on the grill.

  9. Just made these tonight and they tasted incredible! We ate them without a sauce and loved them! Great recipe!

  10. Great rub. Love the smokiness from the smoked paprika and chipotle, Thanks for posting.


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