Lemon Pepper Wings
Photo Credit: Adam Taylor
It’s been more than two decades since a new country act has captured the public’s imagination the way Florida Georgia Line has. The duo’s #1 debut single “Cruise” was followed quickly by another #1 hit “Get Your Shine On,” and the early success quickly gave Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard the affirmation that few young artists ever experience.
“It’s safe to say that the last year has been a real whirlwind for us,” says Tyler. “It’s a dream come true,” adds Brian, “although it still kind of feels like just yesterday that we were writing the first couple of songs on the back of Tyler’s tailgate.”
Those tailgate writing sessions kicked off a partnership that has made them one of country’s hottest young acts. “It’s a dream come true to see a song you poured your heart and soul into being sung back to you on a nightly basis – to the point where you can barely hear yourself sing,” says Tyler. “We really built a good foundation of friendship, and that’s made it work. Our friends are really excited, but to them we’re still just two guys who started out playing music on the back of a tailgate and have been working hard at it and trying to get better.” These wings are the perfect snack for when friends “Cruise” in; they have just the right amount of lemon, pepper and spices to satisfy the crowd.
Florida Georgia Line’s Lemon-Pepper Wings with Feta Dipping Sauce
Feta Dipping Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
½ cup feta cheese
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup lemon zest, lemons reserved (about 6 medium lemons)
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds chicken wings
Set the EGG for direct cooking at 500ºF / 260ºC.
Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, blend well, and refrigerate.
Mix the lemon zest and olive oil in a small bowl and set aside. Mix the garlic, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the garlic seasoning for later use.
Toss the chicken with the remaining 3 tablespoons of seasoning.
Place the chicken on the cooking grid and baste with the olive oil mixture. Close the lid of the EGG. Turn the chicken wings every few minutes, basting often, closing the lid each time. Grill for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly crisp. Season with the reserved garlic mixture and cook for another minute.
Transfer the chicken wings to a platter, squeeze the reserved lemons over the wings, and serve immediately with the dressing.
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