Buffalo Garlic Pig Wings

The odd name defies the deliciousness of these juicy chunks of pork on a stick.
smoked pork wings on grill

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If you love some good game day food like us, you will love these Buffalo Garlic Pig Wings.

No that was not a typo.

In my adventure to explore different flavors of chicken wings, I discovered another great game day food that is an alternative to chicken wings aka “Pig Wings.” 

These delicious cuts of pork provide a much meatier bite and can be a great alternative to chicken wings if you are looking to feed a crowd. 

What are pig wings?

Sorry to disappoint you, but pigs are not actually flying anytime soon.

Pig wings are pork shanks that come from the hind leg of the hog.

unseasoned raw pig wings on a white plate

The pork shanks have been french trimmed, and as you begin cooking the pig wings, you will notice that the bone starts to show and the meat will move to one side of the bone. This allows the meat to take on more heat while still remaining a juicy tender bite.

Where can I find pig wings?

Unlike chicken wings, you are not going to find these in every grocery store you go into.

You may have to do some exploring to find them.

pack of porter road wings

We got our pork wings from Porter Road, which also has a great variety of delicious meats that can be shipped right to your door.

If you’ve checked your local grocery store and they don’t have them, you can also stop in at your local butcher who may have them in stock or be able to do a special order for you. 

How to make Buffalo Garlic Pig Wings

1. Fire up your grill for direct high heat searing

Today I am cooking with our Nomad Grill, which is a super versatile smoker/grill that is portable but is also perfect for quickly whipping up some food for home.

This grill is built with two heavy-duty diecast cook boxes and provides you with up to 425 square inches of grilling space.

A pellet grill or even a gas grill are great alternatives for this recipe since we are grilling with direct heat. 

I used Fogo Charcoal which is by far one of my favorite brands out there. It produces a really good flavor, and also burns really hot, and lasts a long time.

lit chimney starter sitting on grill

To ignite our charcoal, I used a Charcoal Chimney, which takes about 15 minutes to get the charcoal ready for a hot and fast cook. 

You want to heat your grill to around 400°F.

2. Season pork wings

Start off by using avocado oil as a binder to help the seasoning adhere to the meat then generously season them with a salt, pepper, and garlic blend (SPG).

Our honey garlic rub would also work great on these.

raw seasoned pork wings on a white plate

You can also easily use whatever your favorite pork rub is for this cook.

Something to keep in mind – when grilling over direct heat, which is about 400°F+, sugars can easily burn.

I would recommend either trying to avoid a rub with a lot of sugar, or you can easily just cook over less heat resulting in a little bit of a longer cook. 

Once the pig wings are seasoned up, I used my MEATER Plus to monitor internal temperature by inserting it in the deepest part of the meat – near the bone.

pork wing on white plate with temperature probe in it and wooden box sitting next to it
Estimating the time my meat will be done is easily one of my favorite features as it takes the guesswork out of when it will be time to eat. 

As you begin cooking, their technology will give you an estimated time on when your meat will be done cooking which is always nice.

3. Make the buffalo garlic sauce

This step is super easy to do. All you need are four ingredients; Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, freshly minced garlic, butter, and honey. 

Combine all of the ingredients in a pan and cook them down for about 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat until they come together as one sauce.  

Once your sauce is ready, set it aside, as you will be basting the pig wings with it towards the end of the cook.

Another great alternative flavor option would be to use your favorite bbq sauce to sauce them up at the end, just like you would with the buffalo garlic sauce. 

4. Grill over direct heat 

When your grill is around 400°F place the pig wings on the grates for about 15 minutes and continuously flip them every 2-3 minutes to cook them evenly, but also build up some delicious grilled flavor.

pig wings on the grill
About five minutes into cooking your pig wings, you will notice that the bone will begin to expose and the meat will move to one side of the bone. 

Once the internal temperature reaches around 135°F, begin basting each pig wing, then flip them over and baste the other side.

Continue to flip them every 2 minutes to allow the sauce to caramelize and create more flavor on the meat.

glazed pig wing on the grill
You can just see the flavor on that pig wing!

When the pig wings reach an internal temp of 145°F in the deepest part of the meat, remove them from the grill and let them rest for 2-3 minutes. 

Serving your pig wings

Once your pig wings are done cooking, you can garnish them with green onions or blue cheese crumbles to add additional flavors.

Another great option is to dip them in blue cheese or ranch sauce, depending on your preference. 

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smoked pork wings on grill

Buffalo Garlic Pig Wings

Seasoned pork shanks, cooked over high heat and basted with a delicious buffalo garlic sauce.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Nick Nesgoda

Ingredients

  • 3 lb pork wings
  • 3 tbsp SPG blend
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Sauce

  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill to 400°F .
  • Rub avocado oil on each pig wing and generously season with SPG blend on all sides.
  • Grill the pig wings over direct heat for about 15 minutes, flipping them every 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the internal temperature reaches 135°F baste both sides of the pig wings with the buffalo garlic sauce then continue to flip them every 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove pig wings from heat once the internal temperature reaches 145°F and let them rest for 3 minutes.

Sauce

  • Combine all the ingredients in a pan and cook down for about 3-4 minutes over medium low heat until all of the ingredients come together as one sauce.

Notes

What is SPG blend? Equal quantities of salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.
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