Best Barbecue Wings Recipe
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Best Barbecue Wings Recipe

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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, 0 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

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Tatro User ID: 4710623 172605
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!!"

kathy621 User ID: 1254139 209880
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

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

mszczepanski User ID: 1447591 209879
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

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

silly girl User ID: 5270321 161817
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!"

silly girl User ID: 5270321 105601
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

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

ReldaJ User ID: 4232382 100989
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"People the recipe is plain written plainly. I guess I know how to read a recipe. I think they need to do Sauce then list the ingredients then Coating and list the ingredients. Sorry but I wouldn't waist my time cooking chicken wings. Use drumsticks or thighs. I also did not use the whole 1/4 cup of canola oil when I cooked the onion and garlic. You do need the 1/4 cup olive oil for the coating."

Mudmom3 User ID: 427193 172603
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"The name of this recipe says it all!! These are truly the best! The recipe directions are very easy to follow and understand. I would definitely make these again. I would even just make the barbecue sause and use it for other things as well. My entire family LOVED, LOVED, LOVED these delicious wings and the sauce!!"

KScales User ID: 3262967 92664
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

"We apologize for any confusion with this recipe, but it is correct as written. 2/3 of a cup of the barbecue sauce is set aside to be served with the wings as a dipping sauce. The remaining sauce is used for basting during cooking.

The olive oil and vinegar mixture really isn't a marinade. It's just used to coat the wings before grilling.
Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

ljjustice User ID: 4855452 209878
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"I have made them and they are delicious! My husband and teenage sons loved them. And, no, you don't marinate the wings in anything. (But, marinate for other recipes means to soak in a marinade) You just need to FOLLOW the recipe. It's all there. Nothing is missing. Dip the wings in the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper mixture to coat them before grilling them. Nothing says all of the oil will be used up. Once you've partially cooked the meat it's time to start basting with the sauce as they finish cooking. No need to over think the process. Just grill 'em and eat 'em. They're worth it."

douglasklims User ID: 3103894 172601
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2010

"yes, you could make these in the oven, or better yet, broil them, but watch them closely!"

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