Tangy Barbecue Wings Recipe
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Tangy Barbecue Wings Recipe

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I took these wings to work, and they vanished before I got a bite. The tangy sauce is 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): 178 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 458mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 10g 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 remaining ingredients; 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 wings.
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

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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

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scotland1 User ID: 1426757 248454
Reviewed May. 21, 2016

"I agree with KarenKeefe. It is simple if you just put the whole things into the crockpot and cook it for 8 hours. I do that all the time. It does save your time."

Courtwitch User ID: 7689652 247698
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2016

"The recipe is a lot of work for what could be so simple. Cut the wings apart, (pitch out the tips), brown the wing pieces in a deep skillet. Pour a mixture of 1 can of coke and 1/4 cup of ketchup and simmer until the mixture cooks down to a sweet barbeque sauce. (About 25 minutes) It's great with no work. Extremely easy for "tail-gating"."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 247153
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"I skipped the oven and put these right into the crockpot.. Cooked on low for 8 hours. They came out just right! Great find!"

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 221226
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"I do this with drumsticks instead of wings because they are so much meatier. I put them in my slow cooker on low and when I come they're done. Also you can vary the type of sauce just the way you want, Sometimes I do Teriyaki, BBQ, Thai peanut sauce, Philippine style adobo, etc . I have time in the morning to prep vegetables to go along with the chicken and that makes dinner a quick breeze."

swinny User ID: 1858482 219444
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"These are my go to wings from now on!!!! Delish"

bkennedy User ID: 2039325 90403
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"I just made these for a tailgaiting party and they were delicious!! The flavor was perfect!! A keeper for sure!"

becky66 User ID: 1915904 205728
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."

FreedSpirit User ID: 6803800 136956
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."

MrsKilby User ID: 4566292 55740
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012


daduk User ID: 1648289 49866
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"This appetizer dish was fabulous. I made this using party chicken wings and followed the recipe as stated. Everyone was chowing them down. They are a little messy to eat, but well worth it. Thanks so much for the great recipe."

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