Tequila Tipsy Wings

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 1 hr 10 min
  • Yield: 5 servings
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1 cup lemon juice

1 cup tequila 

1/2 cup brown sugar 

5 tablespoons garlic powder 

5 tablespoons onion powder 

3 tablespoons smoked paprika 

4 bunches fresh cilantro, minced

Sea salt

5 pounds chicken wings, separated into flats and drums 

Oil, for oiling the grill grates

Blue Cheese Dressing:

1 pound blue cheese crumbles

1 cup sour cream 

1/2 cup mayonnaise 

1/4 cup tequila 

6 tablespoons sugar 

4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 

3 tablespoons garlic powder 

3 tablespoons onion powder 


Chipotle Tequila Sauce:

5 chipotle peppers in adobo, with their juice

1/2 cup agave syrup 


  1. For the wings: In the jar of a blender, combine the lemon juice, tequila, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cilantro and 4 tablespoons salt. Blend together. Place the chicken wings in a large bowl and pour the marinade over, turning to coat well. Let sit in the fridge for 25 minutes or up to overnight.
  2. For the blue cheese dressing: Mix together the blue cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, tequila, sugar, dill, garlic powder, onion powder and 2 tablespoons salt. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. For the chipotle tequila sauce: In a blender, blend the chipotles (with their juice) and agave until smooth.
  4. Prepare a grill for medium heat; lightly oil the grates. Grill the wings, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush all over with the chipotle glaze and cook 5 minutes more. Serve with additional chipotle sauce on the side.