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Best Barbecue Wings

My husband always calls this recipe "finger-licking good," and these BBQ wings really are to die for! The sauce is also great on chicken breasts. —Linda Gardner, Richmond, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Grill: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper; add chicken wings in batches and turn to coat.
  • 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.
  • Grill, uncovered, 8-10 minutes longer or until juices run clear, basting and turning several times. Serve with reserved barbecue sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 114 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Tatro
    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!!

  • breck0810
    Jun 2, 2013

    No comment left

  • kathy621
    Jun 2, 2013

    These wings were fun to make and tasted,win!

  • lmalewski
    Dec 11, 2012

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  • mszczepanski
    May 17, 2011

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

  • silly girl
    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
    Jan 16, 2011

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

  • ReldaJ
    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
    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
    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