Tangy Barbecue Wings Recipe
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Tangy Barbecue Wings Recipe

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When I took these savory, slow-cooked appetizers to work, they were gone before I even got a bite! Spicy ketchup, vinegar, molasses and honey blend together in a tangy sauce that makes the wings lip-smacking good. -Sherry Pitzer, Troy, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 5 pounds chicken wings
  • 2-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 wing (2 sections) equals 178 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 458 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Using a sharp knife, cut through the two wing joints; discard wing tips. Arrange remaining wing pieces in two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 30 minutes; drain. Turn wings; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until juices run clear.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine ketchup, vinegar, honey, molasses, pepper sauce, salt, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and chili powder; if desired, stir in liquid smoke. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Drain wings. Place one-third of the chicken in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with one-third of the sauce. Repeat layers twice. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours. Stir before serving. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Originally published as Tangy Barbecue Wings in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 wing (2 sections) equals 178 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 458 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

I just made these for a tailgaiting party and they were delicious!! We don't like things too spicy, so I only used 1 cup of the hot and spicy ketchup with 1 1/2 cups of regular ketchup and the flavor was perfect!! A keeper for sure!

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

Good recipe, but I felt there was too much vinegar. I ended up adding double the amount of honey along with 1/4 cup brown sugar. I would definitely make these again, but next time would first cut back on the amount of vinegar. I also used regular ketchup, since I wanted a little more mellow taste.

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

I tried this recipe after reading the rave reviews. The flavor was good, but we weren't fans of the texture. My boyfriend described them as "mushy." I may try this again, but cook them in the oven instead of the slow cooker for a crispier result.

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012


Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

This appetizer dish was fabulous. I made this using party chicken wings and followed the recipe as stated. Everyone was chowing them down. I had a hard time finding the Hot and Spicy Ketchup, but I went online and found that Walmart's sells this type of ketchup. I also was shopping at Market Basket after I had placed my order and found they sell it. They are a little messy to eat, but well worth it. Thanks so much for the great recipe.

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