Best Barbecue Wings Recipe
Best Barbecue Wings Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Best Barbecue Wings Recipe

Read Reviews
4.5 21 14
Publisher Photo
My husband always calls this recipe "finger-licking good," and the sweet-and-spicy flavor really is to die for! The sauce is also great on chicken breasts. —Linda Gardner, Richmond, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • WINGS:
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 30 frozen chicken wingettes, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 114 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 5g protein


  1. For barbecue sauce, in large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne and cumin. Simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat; stir in pepper sauce. Set aside 2/3 cup for serving.
  2. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper; add chicken wings in batches and turn to coat.
  3. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill wings, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 12-16 minutes, turning occasionally. Brush with some of the barbecue sauce.
  4. Grill, uncovered, 8-10 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting and turning several times. Serve with reserved barbecue sauce. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Best Barbecue Wings in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p33

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

Reviews for Best Barbecue Wings

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"Awesome recipe! Have done these several times on the grill and they are great every time. I followed recipe exactly and they turn out amazing. MMMMMM makes me hungry for more!!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"These wings were fun to make and tasted,win!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"sauce takes a while, but it's really good on chicken breasts"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Well I made them, but it was 15 degrees out so I didn't grill:)) I made the sauce and reserved a cup. I poured it on top of my wings in the crockpot. Cooked them till they were done 3 hours or so. Before they started falling off the bone. I took them out draining the liquid and put them on a baking sheet, brushed them w the reserved sauce and baked them on 450 until they got crispy...mmmmm yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"I also saw no confusion in the recipe and can't wait to try them for Superbowl."

Loading Image