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white platter of grilled and charred dry rub chicken wings with chopped parsley sprinkled on top
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Dry Rub Chicken Wings

When it comes to Dry Rub Chicken Wings, my recipe will make you look like a Grilling Superstar at your next get together or family dinner! They are easy to make and oh so delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dry rub wings, grilling, wing recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 2 pounds chicken wings split at first joint. *remove wing tip if desired
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp granulated onion
  • 1 ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • Measure all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and thoroughly mix to fully incorporate spices.
  • Rub the chicken wings on all sides with a generous amount of the dry rub.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat (350º-400ºF)
  • Place dry-rubbed wings on the grill allowing to cook for 6-8 minutes. Turn wings occasionally to crisp them all over. They can cook longer if they don’t look crisp enough.
  • *Be careful not to burn in the wings, the sugar in the dry rub can cause the wings to burn.
  • Move the chicken wings to indirect heat and continue to cook with the lid closed for another 8-10 minutes.


*Check the wings with a meat thermometer, it should read 165 degrees.


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 492mg | Potassium: 140mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.1mg