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We love grilled turkey riblets, they make great appetizers, and Galena Street Rib Rub is the perfect southern-style seasoning. Ribs are great, but we eat turkey more often. This easy recipe for grilled turkey wings can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. Cut and season the wings the day before the party, which makes the entertaining easy. Stand by the grill with the beverage of your choice during the brief grilling time and enjoy.

  • 2 lb. turkey wings (6 wings)
  • 2-3 TB. GALENA STREET RIB (and turkey) RUB
  • 1 TB. vegetable oil

Wash the wings, pat dry. Using a sharp knife, cut and prepare the wings using the chart at right. When wings are cut up for the grill, it is nice to remove the extra skin bits for the best texture and flavor. Freeze the tips for making rich turkey stock later on if you so desire. Once the wings are cut, drizzle with just a touch of vegetable oil, then sprinkle heavily with GALENA STREET RIB RUB and place in a sealed container in the fridge. This can be done a day ahead of time, but the wings should marinate for at least 20 minutes.
To grill the turkey, fire up a tightly packed single layer of coals. Wait 20-25 minutes until the coals are ashy grey. Rearrange the coals a bit so one side of the grill is hotter than the other by doubling up the coals on half the grill and spacing a single layer loosely on the other side. Remove the wings from the fridge. Start the wings on the hot side of the grill, sear briefly on both sides, then move to the cooler section of the grill and cook until done, turning once. Grilling for 2-3 minutes on the hot side and another 10-12 on the cooler side will about do it for the riblet sections–add another 10 minutes or so for the drummette pieces. Return any wing that isn’t crispy enough for your taste to the hot side for an extra minute. The wings aren’t difficult, but they shouldn’t be abandoned on the grill–watch over them like a mother hen.

Serves: 6-8 as an appetizer.
Prep time: 15 minutes.
Cooking time: about 25 minutes total.

Galena Street Rib and Chicken Rub 3.2 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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