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Lemon Rosemary Garlic Barbecue Chicken Wings

One of the things we love to do in the summer is grill! Nick bought a Pit Barrel cooker a few years ago, and all summer long, we get to enjoy BBQ ribs, Smoked Tritips, and grilled chicken. He’s even smoked meats on his Pit Barrel.  Recently we made lemon rosemary garlic barbecue chicken wings, and they were so yummy!

Lemon Rosemary Garlic Chicken Recipe

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These Rosemary Lemon Garlic Chicken wings are a nice summer night recipe when you are craving chicken wings without using heavy barbecue sauce.

Making a rosemary lemon garlic wings marinade for chicken

This recipe is easy to prep in the morning, let marinate in the fridge all day, and then grill up for dinner. It’s also easy to adjust if you like the flavor of more garlic and less lemon, or adding in more rosemary for a stronger flavor.
If  you don’t have a grill, these can also be baked in the oven on a sheet pan at 375 F degrees (and until the thermometer reaches and internal temperature of 185 F.Turn wings half way through cooking.).

Ingredients  make rosemary lemon garlic barbecue chicken wings
2 lbs of chicken wings (keep in fridge until marinade is ready and then back in the fridge until ready to cook.)
The juice of 3- 4 large lemons or approx. ¾ – 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
3-4 cloves of fresh garlic minced
3-4  springs of fresh Rosemary
1 tsp salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil in a large measuring cup
Plastic seal-able bag

Gather ingredients, and squeeze lemon halves into the olive oil. It helps to place a small strainer over the olive oil to catch any seeds. Double or triple the amount of lemons if you like a stronger citrus flavor.

Strain out lemon seeds for marinade

Chop rosemary  and mince garlic cloves finely then put into olive oil. Pour the mixture into a non-reactive pan and heat on low, until the mixture is warmed through stirring occasionally. Don’t let it boil. Heating the oil helps release the flavors into the oil  and you should start to smell the aroma of the garlic and rosemary. Remove from heat and let the marinade sit  until cool. Once cooled, pour the marinade over the chicken wings  into a plastic bag, and let the marinade and chicken rest for a few hours in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook them. Always follow safe procedures for handling of raw chicken.

Add rosemary lemon garlic marinade to chicken wings

Remove the wings from the marinade, place on a wire rack and let it the excess oil drip off before cooking. Discard the bag and any left over marinade, don’t reuse it. If you want to baste your chicken while cooking, make fresh marinade in a clean container to use. Cook your wings until the internal temperature is 185 degrees Fahrenheit or greater and juices run clear.  We cooked ours on our Pit Barrel cooker which we love. We have an Electrolight torch which makes it so easy to light!

Using the Electro-Torch to start a PIt Barrel Cooker

We loved how the lemon rosemary garlic barbecue chicken wings turned out,they are so good the next day on a salad too!

Lemon Rosemary Garlic Chicken recipe

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