Crispy Lemon Scotch Bonnet Pepper Wings on the Blaze Kamado from Rasheed Philips
Philips Barbeque Co. pitmaster Rasheed Philips knows his way around a wing — so much so that he developed his own lemon Scotch bonnet pepper hot wing recipe! Based on his love for lemon pepper wings, Rasheed kicks things up a notch with a Scotch bonnet pepper sauce that delivers tons of heat with a subtle vinegar tang. He complements that flavor profile with citrus notes throughout the rest of the dish, most notably from lemon juice and lemon zest. Smoking the wings on the Blaze kamado only adds another layer of mouthwatering flavor, and this chicken wing recipe expertly uses 2-zone cooking to achieve crispy results right at the finish line. With Rasheed in your corner as a Master Grillabilities® instructor, you’ll never have to wing hot wings again!
SERVES 4 people PREP 30 min BRINE 4 hr COOK 45 – 60 min READY IN 5 hr 30 min
- 4–5 lbs. chicken wings
- 1 gallon water (for the brine)
- ½ cup salt (for the brine)
- For the Binder:
- ¼ cup yellow mustard
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Black pepper, to taste
- Poultry rub, to taste
- For the Wing Sauce:
- 3 Scotch bonnet peppers
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- Juice of ¾ of a lemon
- For the Garnish:
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Items You’ll Need:
- Kamado Grill
- Blaze Cast Aluminum Kamado
- Pecan wood chunks
- Heat deflector plate
- Food processor or blender
- Mix together the brining solution, place in the chicken wings, and allow them to brine in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Rinse the brine off the wings before seasoning.
- Once the wings have brined and you’re ready to cook, preheat your kamado grill to 275°F–300°F. Toss in 2 chunks of smoking wood — pecan works well for chicken wings. Arrange a 2-zone cooking setup by placing half-moon head deflectors over one half of the grill, preferably the side closest to you so direct heat stays in the back of the grill.
- Slice the Scotch bonnet peppers in half, then set aside.
- Toss the brined and rinsed wings in yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, and your poultry rub of choice. (Need a recommendation? Our BBQGuys Signature x Spiceology Chicken Rub is a winner every time.)
- Once your grill is preheated, place the wings on the indirect-heat side above the heat deflectors. You’ll let them smoke for about 45 minutes to an hour, and aim for an internal temperature of 165°F.
- While the wings smoke, place the Scotch bonnet pepper halves (with the seeds still in) over direct heat and roast for about 3–5 minutes before setting aside. This brings out the oils for a deeper flavor and more heat in the sauce. (Pro tip: if you want to keep the heat to a minimum, you can get by with just half a pepper.)
- After the wings have smoked for about 40 minutes, move them to the direct-heat area. Grill the wings until crispy, about 5–7 minutes.
- Place your stick of unsalted butter in a small, grill-safe bowl, and set it over indirect heat for just a few minutes. This will cause it to render, separate, and pick up some smokiness.
- In a food processor or blender, add your charred Scotch bonnet peppers, melted butter, olive oil, honey, chicken stock, and lemon juice. Blend until a smooth sauce forms.
- Move your wings from the grill to a large mixing bowl, then top them with the Scotch bonnet sauce and toss to coat. Garnish with some lemon zest, and enjoy!