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Best Barbecue Wings Recipe

Best Barbecue Wings Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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 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!"

Juansmom User ID: 4627977 105595
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"OK, let's clear up this recipe confusion. First you make a BBQ sauce and reserve some, then you make a marinade for the wings, as stated in recipe. The recipe is obviously written for a cook who is already familiar with the basic rules of BBQ. Any meat cooked with a sugary glaze or sauce will burn immediately, hence, you cook meat more than halfway through, then brush/baste with the sauce, as stated in recipe, folks! The meat cooks, the glaze caramelizes and develops flavor and doesn't burn. Dip wings in remaining,or reserved sauce. No steps are missing from the recipe, you just need to understand the BBQ process. This recipe sounds great will try on chix legs and thighs!! Listen, really, has Taste of Home ever steered you wrong?"

meanmary5 User ID: 5028997 88023
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Certainly not as written, too bad the Taste of Home did not check it before it was published."

Lori Bergen User ID: 5102289 104928
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Not sure why all the confusion about this recipe. Haven't tried it yet but it looks and sounds yummy! It does not say to marinade the wings but I do agree to cut back some on the oil, just not necessary for all of it. Just don't understand why all the confusion, just wing it!!!"

missybb User ID: 4347141 174741
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"everyone is right there are missing step and I would like to know what they are also. This sounds yummie but without that step that is missing I can only guess that you use the bbq sauce and add the remaining ingredients and marinade and bast with that. The 2/3 left over is for dipping"

pacaltd User ID: 5109499 209877
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"I would love to try this receipe, but I am not sure how long to merinade. Any suggestions from those who have tried it?"

getfitt User ID: 4595937 177792
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"I haven't tried this recipe yet, but definitely will. It sounds yummy.

With that said, the recipe calls for 1/2 c oil which to me is unnecessary. You can saute onion & garlic in 2t of oil, along w/PAM. You definitely don't need 1/4c of oil in a barbeque sauce.
If you want oil in your marinade cut it down to 2T, or us FF Italian dressing as a marinade.
There's no way the nutrition info for the wings includes any of the ingredients. The info is for a wing only (nothing added).
I'm always looking for good recipes, but they have to be calorie/fat conscious."

uncleleo User ID: 4500356 174049
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"I rate this a 5 star simply on the Ingreients and especially on the photo. Cant wait to try it. New rating will follow as soon as I try it out."

Cathy Dee User ID: 1982383 161816
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"This recipe yields about 3 cups of sauce and after you set aside the 2/3 cup of sauce to serve with the finished wings you should have about a 1 1/2 cups to brush on the wings while you are grilling them."

karenjanerebecca User ID: 3165845 92660
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"I'm also confused as to what to do with the sauce. Can anyone clear this up, please??? I've been looking for a great wing recipe and I'd love to try this one"

cardonhess User ID: 3656153 158909
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"What am I missing, what do you do with the sauce? Brush it over the wings or is that the "Brush with some of the remaining barbecue sauce." What happened to the sauce if we are to use the remaining?"

9251980rl User ID: 3616167 173576
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2009

"I do not have a grill. Will this recipe be as good prepared in the oven? Help please, anyone!"

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