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Honey Tapatio Air Fried Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint and tips removed (aka Party Wings)
  • Kosher salt, for seasoning
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) salted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce, we’re using Tapatio because it is the best
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, for seasoning

For the blue cheese dip

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 8 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt, for seasoning

Season the wings with a heavy pinch of kosher salt and toss to coat. Heat your smoker or air fryer to 375 degrees F. We’re using our Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill, which can smoke and air fry at the same time.

 

When the smoker is ready, add the wings in a single layer. Smoke for 25 minutes or until the wings are golden and cooked through.

 

While the wings smoke make the Honey Tapatio sauce. Combine the butter and garlic in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted and smells like garlic, add the hot sauce, honey, a pinch of salt, and a few cracks of black pepper. Cook until the mixture is boiling and reduces slightly. Keep warm while you make the blue cheese sauce.

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk. Stir in the blue cheese and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

 

When the wings are done smoking, remove them from the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill. Turn the grill from air fry with smoke to high heat grilling. Toss the wings with the honey Tapatio sauce and then grill for 2 minutes per side until crisped and charred. Serve hot with the blue cheese dip.