Last updated April 19, 2015

I love hot wings, but because they’re fried and tossed in hot sauce butter, they’re full of calories. The problem with grilling the wings instead of frying them is that they don’t turn out as crispy…until now.

I searched the web for grilled crispy wings and learned that the secret is to sprinkle them with baking powder and let them sit for about 8 hours in the fridge.

I still wanted the classic bar flavor of buffalo wings without the hot sauce butter, so I made these a little backwards. Instead of tossing them in the sauce afterwards, I soaked them in hot sauce first. I also threw in a couple of bottles of Stella Artois beer for good measure.

The timing was great for this recipe. I marinated them Monday night and woke up Tuesday morning and dried and seasoned them before work. Then, when I got home from work, it was just a quick dinner on the grill.

Grilled Crispy Beer WIngs from Zestuous

The wings turned out crispier than I have ever grilled and they were moist with a hint of hot sauce flavor. Feel free to add more hot sauce after they’re grilled if you like extra heat.

Grilled Crispy Beer Wings

Yield: 2-4 servings

Grilled Crispy Beer Wings


  • 8-10 full wings
  • 2 bottles beer
  • ½ cup Franks Hot Sauce
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

The night before, pl