Indy Chicken Wings

Steven Raichlen turns out some mighty great food. I love the tv shows he did – he got me interested in grilling and smoking. And I love the many books he has written. One of the biggest, thickest recipe books you can find is Steven’s BBQ USA. It is absolutely chock full of great foods and stories, like these Indy chicken wings. And since I live in Indy, I had to make them. Well that and because they sounded (and are) fantastic.
Indy Chicken WingsWe really enjoyed these Indy chicken wings. The seasoning has a nice garlicky celery flavor. I used our Italian vinaigrette for basting. It has great Italian herb flavor, with a hint of citrus. Note that the vinaigrette does contain oil, so it can cause flair-ups when cooking the wings on the grill.

Also try my very popular Mambo wings!

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes. Also check out my always-growing list of my favorite store-bought wing sauces.

Indy Chicken Wings

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 4 -8 servings


  • 4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making broth
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon celery seed or celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Homemade Italian vinaigrette or substitute Italian salad dressing


  • Place wings in a large resealable bag or container.
  • Add oil. Seal and toss to coat.
  • Combine the garlic salt, celery seed or celery salt and pepper. Add to container, seal, and toss to coat.
  • Place wings in fridge for at least 2 hours, to overnight.
  • Begin cooking wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy. After 15 minutes of cooking begin basting the wings with the Italian vinaigrette. Continue basting every 10 minutes until the wings are done. NOTE: The vinaigrette contains oil, which can cause flair-ups on a grill. Be careful when basting and do not over-baste the wings. If a flair-up does occur move the wings to another part of the grill until the flames die down.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

KG Slider Station Food Truck

Oh, how I dread colder days. Not so much because it’s grey and gloomy, but because most food trucks go into hibernation during winter. Fortunately, I took plenty of pics of the food from various Indy food trucks to help get me through. Like the wonderful sliders from the KG Slider Station, which I’ve visited many times.

KG Slider Station Food TruckAlthough their menu includes dishes other than sliders, I’m all over the sliders. The Cajun Pulled Pork (left) had just the right amount of sauce and spice, with a great slaw to cool it down. The Southern Belle Rosemary Chicken (right) is my favorite. Creamy roasted chicken with a sweet and tart mayonnaise sauce that is really great.

KG Slider Station Food TruckThe Station Turkey Burger (left) was a wonderful surprise. Turkey burgers can be tricky, but these are great. Topped with caramelized onions and my other favorite, a blackberry BBQ sauce (which probably should be sold by the bottle). And of course, there’s Grandma’s Old Timer Burger. A slider burger patty with the (fresh) toppings you’d expect from a great diner.

KG Slider Station Food TruckThe buns from the KG Slider Station are always sooooo fresh. They’re like little slider pillows. And I know it’s weird, but I really love that they have a TV screen showing the menu items and pictures above the ordering window. It’s very easy to read.

I’m a big fan of the KG Slider Station. As you can tell by my rating of them on the ‘Mater Rater.

'Mater Rater Restaurant Score 5-5-4-5

I love my Indianapolis food trucks. Sometimes they come and go, sometimes they turn into brick-and-mortar restaurants, sometimes their names change, and sometimes they last and last, serving up good food every time. Check out my favorites: Big Ron’s Bistro, Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort, Citizen Hash, Cutie Pies, Der Pretzel Wagen, Droopy’s, KG Slider Station, Little Eataly, Mac Genie, R & R Extreme Wings, Rollin Wit Da Roux, Serendipity, The Flying Cupcake, NY Slice and Groovy Guys Fries.

Der Pretzel Wagen Food Truck

One of my favorite food trucks in Indy isn’t a food truck. It’s a little wagon. Er, wagen. Der Pretzel Wagen. You can smell the wonderful pretzel bread as you get closer and closer. Warm, soft, salty… Perfect as buns for sandwiches, and of course, perfect as a pretzel.

Der Pretzel Wagen Food TruckMy favorite sandwich is probably the Ham Solo. Besides the great bread, there’s Bavarian ham, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and a surprise crunch from crumbled Doritos.

I also recommend the Skywalker, The Big Helga, and the Das Fritz. If you’re into horseradish, they have several other sandwiches that are right up your alley. Me, I’m not so much the horseradish guy, but like I was with cilantro years ago, I’m working on it and I’m sure I’ll come to love it too.

You have to grab a pretzel from Der Pretzel Wagen. You can get one with a sandwich (part of the Uber Combo deal), or grab one by itself. They’re soooo good. Available in cinnamoned or salted. Do like I do and grab extras to take home. Pop them in the oven for a few minutes to get them all warm and soft, and then enjoy! Der Pretzel Wagen also inspired me to make pretzel grilled bacon and cheese sandwiches.

Der Pretzel Wagen Food Truck

Pretzels. Good. And rated high on the ‘Mater Rater. And make sure to tell the nice folks in the wagen Hi!

'Mater Rater Restaurant Score 5-5-5-5

I love my Indianapolis food trucks. Sometimes they come and go, sometimes they turn into brick-and-mortar restaurants, sometimes their names change, and sometimes they last and last, serving up good food every time.