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Sweet-Hot Chicken Wings 

Happy Labor Day weekend! I know lots of places are staring down rain and cool temps for Monday, but if you’re cooking out tonight (or braving the weather to do so tomorrow, like us) then make the most of our remaining grilling time with these tasty chicken wings. They are sticky sweet with just the right amount of heat, and I’ve made them twice this summer to rave reviews. I got the recipe at the freezer meal workshop I did this past winter, and it never disappoints even if I swap around the brands of ingredients! You can make ahead and freeze for a while, or refrigerate for just an overnight or two. I’ve now done it both ways and the results are still a hit. Enjoy!

SWEET-HOT CHICKEN WINGS

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of chicken wings or drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper jelly (I used Wildtree Happenin’ Hot Pepper Jelly!)
  • 1 TBSP buffalo seasoning, such as McCormack’s (I used Wildtree Blazin’ Buffalo Blend)
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Mix all the ingredients into a freezer bag, including the chicken and all the seasonings. Squeeze out any extra air and double bag if freezing. Marinate in the fridge, or store it double-bagged and labelled with a Sharpie in the freezer, defrosting in the refrigerator the night before you want to cook them. To bake, preheat the oven to 450 and place the wings/drumsticks on a baking sheet (I lined with aluminum foil, but you don’t have to). Bake until the skin is caramelized and very dark in places, approximately half an hour to 40 minutes. My gas oven cooks quickly and 30 minutes was perfect for these. 

The great thing is that they can cook in your house while you’re getting other stuff ready on the grill during a cookout, and then you can take them straight from the oven to a serving tray outside and let folks dig in! If you like things REALLY hot, add a splash of extra hot sauce just before cooking. Serve as-is, or with blue cheese or ranch dressing dip on the side. Yum!

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend, everyone. I know many people — including Mark — don’t actually get all three days off (despite belonging to a union!) so let’s keep those hard workers in mind while we celebrate. And here’s to a few more nice weekends this year, eh?? xoxo.

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