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Grilled Honey Chipotle Wings

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

Ever since The Food Lab uncovered the baking powder for crispy wings trick, I've been rocking grilled wings all the time. With my wings now near perfection—my wife even suggests them anytime we have company, her sly way of getting more for herself—I've been branching out beyond the usual buffalo and trying out different sauces. The latest, and greatest, incarnation were wings slathered in a honey chipotle glaze.

I love packing heat. When I first concocted this sauce and took a spoonful, it forced a hiccup reaction that I've only encountered a few times when eating peppers so spicy, they should only be consumed on a double dog dare. Although I found pleasure in this pain, I worried it may be a little much for others.

But I stayed with what I had, and that was a good thing. The sauce caramelized and charred slightly over the heat of the coals, bringing out the sweetness of the honey and mellowing the extreme heat. What starts as a sweet crisp bite into a wing, ends up leaving a slight smoky burn in the back of your mouth, a taste transformation that I really enjoy.

Although I truly loved these, I'm looking onward to more new sauces to dress up juicy and crunchy grilled wings and can't wait to see what the next batch will bring. Any suggestions?

About the author: Joshua Bousel blogs about grilling on his blog, The Meatwave, and appears here on Serious Eats each Friday with a recipe for weekend grilling.

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