Lemon Pepper Wing Sauce

Lemon Pepper Wing Sauce

Normally, lemon pepper wings are cooked and then hit with a little dry rub to finish. This is fine but I find them to be a little lacking. That’s why I came up with this lemon pepper wing sauce. And we’re not just using lemons and black pepper. Butter is the base of the sauce and we’ll also be adding some honey, garlic and Worcestershire sauce to add some dimension to the flavor profile.

Wing on the grill

Tips For Cooking Crispy Wings

If you are going through the trouble to make your own lemon pepper wing sauce, you might as well put it on some well cooked, crispy wings. Here are some tips that I’ve collected over the years.

  • Dry Brine – No matter how you ultimately end up cooking the wings, the flavor and crispiness will be greatly enhanced with a dry brine.
  • How to Dry Brine – Coat your wings with salt and then spread them out on a wire rack over a sheet tray and put in the fridge. Leave them there for at least an hour but 4 – 6 hours would be best.
  • Frying Would Be Best – There is no better method for crispy wings than a fryer. Here’s a good write up if you’ve never done it before. But it’s messy and there are other methods that work really well.
  • Gas or Charcoal Grill – These are the two next best options. For a gas grill see my write up here. For a charcoal grill, there is no better or quicker way than the vortex method.
Lemon pepper wing sauce components

Tips For The Lemon Pepper Wing Sauce

If you have already skipped to the recipe, you will see it’s pretty easy but here’s a couple tips, regardless.

  • Quality Ingredients – Since there aren’t many ingredients in the list, everyone should be the best it can be.
  • Fresh Lemons Please – Don’t use lemon juice from the little yellow container. It’s just not the same.
  • Fresh Black Pepper – Again, there is no substitute. Pre-ground will never be as potent or flavorful.
Tray of Lemon Pepper Wings

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Lemon Pepper Wing Sauce

A saucy version of the classic wing flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $5


  • 1/2 stick butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice about 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest from the juiced lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon worcestershire
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • kosher salt heavy pinch


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add hot and freshly cooked wings to the bowl and toss. Serve immediately.