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25 May 2020

This BBQ chicken wings recipe is the best with plump, spice rubbed chicken wings fired up on the grill then tossed with homemade honey-bourbon bbq sauce. 

It’s grilling season, my friends, and you know what that means? BBQ Chicken Wings! Yes! I love chicken wings on the barbecue grill. As much as I love deep fried hot wings, there is something special about grilled chicken wings that makes me extra happy. Season them up, toss them on, hang out in the great weather.

You can easily toss them with your favorite wing sauce, but I like to use my very own Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce recipe. A good barbecue sauce will take just about any of your grilled foods to the next level. Secret’s in the sauce!

This recipe is called BBQ Chicken Wings with Honey-Bourbon BBQ Sauce, and I think you’re going to love it.

Let’s talk about how we make these fabulous bbq chicken wings, shall we?

Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings on a platter with lots of extra bbq sauce

BBQ Chicken Wings Ingredients

FOR THE BBQ SAUCE

  • 1 cup tomato sauce (use ketchup for a sweeter version)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (try it with tequila or rum instead, or use broth for a non-alcoholic version)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey (maple syrup is a nice substitution)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (use less or omit for less sweet)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE CHICKEN WINGS

  • 3 pounds chicken wings separated, wing tips removed 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (use cayenne pepper for even hotter)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make BBQ Chicken Wings – the Recipe Method

Make the Honey-Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Whisk all of the bbq sauce ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors develop and the sauce to thicken. You can simmer longer if you’d like. Remove from heat and cool. Set aside until ready to use.

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce Recipe

Season the Chicken Wings. Pat the chicken wing skins dry with a paper towel. Add the hot wings to a large bowl and toss them with olive oil, Cajun seasonings, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper. I use my own homemade Cajun seasoning recipe. Toss until they are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Tossing the chicken wings with lots of seasoning

Grill the BBQ Wings. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken wings for 20 minutes, flipping occasionally, or until they are nicely cooked through. They should measure 165 degrees F internally.

Chicken wings cooking on the grill

For Charcoal Grilling.

  1. Open the bottom vent of your grill. Stack your  charcoal briquettes in a pyramid on the bottom grill grate.
  2. Add lighter fluid (per the product directions) or use a chimney starter. Light the charcoal. Leave the grill uncovered. Burn until the flames die out and the burning charcoal begins to ash over.
  3. Spread the briquettes in a single layer when they are covered in ash.
  4. Grill the chicken wings for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Keep an eye on them so the skins do not burn. The wings are done when they measure 165 degrees F internally.

Flipping the grilled chicken wings on the grill

Toss with BBQ Sauce. When your bbq wings are done to your liking, toss them with the honey-bourbon bbq sauce. Enjoy!

Tossing the bbq chicken wings in bbq sauce to get them nicely coated

Boom! Done! BBQ Chicken Wings are ready to enjoy! So good, aren’t they? Chicken wings are quite easy to prepare on the grill. They do cook up quite quickly. And this bbq sauce! So good. It’s one of my favorite homemade bbq sauces. I use it all the time.

Spreading homemade bbq sauce onto grilled chicken wings

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Cooking Times for Chicken Wings. Cooking times will vary for different cuts of chicken. Larger cuts may need longer cooking time. It is best to go by temperature. Chicken is done when it measures 165 degrees F internally.
  • Honey-Bourbon BBQ Sauce. The sauce yields about 2 cups of bbq sauce. You can make it several days ahead and keep refrigerated. The flavors will develop further the longer they mingle.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my bbq chicken wings recipe. They’re great for an appetizer, party platter, game day get together, or even a quick and easy dinner. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how they turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings on a platter, ready to serve

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Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe with Honey-Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This BBQ chicken wings recipe is the best with plump, spice rubbed chicken wings fired up on the grill then tossed with homemade honey-bourbon bbq sauce. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wings, grilled chicken, grilling, hot wings, recipe, spicy, wings
Servings: 4
Calories: 610kcal

Ingredients

FOR THE BBQ SAUCE

  • 1 cup tomato sauce use ketchup for a sweeter version
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon try it with tequila or rum instead, or use broth for a non-alcoholic version
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey maple syrup is a nice substitution
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar use less or omit for less sweet
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE CHICKEN WINGS

  • 3 pounds chicken wings separated, wing tips removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

FOR THE HONEY-BOURBON BBQ SAUCE

  • Whisk all of the bbq sauce ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors develop and the sauce to thicken. You can simmer longer if you'd like.
  • Remove from heat and cool. Set aside until ready to use.

FOR THE BBQ CHICKEN WINGS

  • Add the chicken wings to a large mixing bowl and toss them with olive oil, Cajun seasonings, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Toss until they are well coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Grill the chicken wings for 20 minutes, flipping occasionally, or until they are nicely cooked through. They should measure 165 degrees F internally.
  • Toss the wings with honey-bourbon bbq sauce and serve.

FOR CHARCOAL GRILLING

  • Open the bottom vent of your grill.
  • Stack your  charcoal briquettes in a pyramid on the bottom grill grate. Add lighter fluid (per the product directions) or use a chimney starter.
  • Light the charcoal. Leave the grill uncovered. Burn until the flames die out and the burning charcoal begins to ash over.
  • Spread the briquettes in a single layer when they are covered in ash.
  • Grill the chicken wings for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Keep an eye on them so the skins do not burn. The wings are done when they measure 165 degrees F internally.
  • Toss the wings with honey-bourbon bbq sauce and serve.

Notes

Cooking times will vary for different cuts of chicken. Larger cuts may need longer cooking time. It is best to go by temperature. Chicken is done when it measures 165 degrees F internally.
The sauce yields about 2 cups of bbq sauce. You can make it several days ahead and keep refrigerated. The flavors will develop further the longer they mingle.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 741mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3026IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4mg
BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

4 comments

  1. 5 stars
    This post is SO informative, we have both a charcoal grill and a regular one so I love having instructions for both. We are HUGE chicken wing fans, definitely plan on making this a repeat recipe all summer!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Stephanie! I appreciate it!!

  2. 5 stars
    Not tried yet but looks great and might just need some reaper or ghost pepper flakes ;-).

    Might I suggest–NEVER use bbq lighter fluid unless you like the “gasloline-flavoured” aftertaste.

    Either a chimney or starter cubes only. No residual taste.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Len. I use a chimney starter for myself, much easier, though many use the fluid. It’s fine if it’s all burned off, but yep, can leave an aftertaste if not done right.






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