1Combine the kosher salt, sugar, paprika, lime juice, and extra virgin olive oil. Add the chicken wings and toss well. Place it all in a one gallon plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
2Place an enameled cast iron pot over medium high heat. Add 4 cups duck fat (I used peanut oil)and using a deep fry thermometer to monitor the temperature, allow it to reach a temperature of 320 degrees. Be careful and keep your eye on it!
3Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. After the wings have marinated, spread them out in a shallow baking pan along with any leftover marinade. Bake 15-20 minutes until almost cooked through. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
4In the meantime, make the sauce by combining the Siriacha, apple cider vinegar,honey, butter, lime zest and salt in a saucepan and whisking together over medium heat. When the butter has melted, taste to see if it needs a bit more salt or honey. Turn the heat off and let the pan sit on the burner.
5The temperature in the frying pot should now be about 360. When it is, deep fry the wings for about 1-2 minutes, remove to paper towels to drain excess fat. Sprinkle with a bit more salt.
6Place the completed wings in a large bowl with the sauce and toss well until evenly coated. Add the cilantro and toss again. Serve with your favorite accompaniments - Michael Symon uses thinly sliced jalapenos, but I still like celery for the cool crunch.
7***Note*** I tried these once without frying the wings, just baked them in the oven. They were great. Next time I did fry them and oh my goodness they were the best hot wings I have ever tasted.
Michael Symon uses duck fat - it's expensive! I used peanut oil and it worked just fine.
Siriacha is a hot red sauce. It is found in the "Oriental or Asian" section of our grocery stores here in Kansas City. Super Target has it too.