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Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings

This chicken wing recipe was originally shared in April of 2016 and has been updated.

All of our methods to making chicken wings have a little secret.  Sometimes it is the spices we use, sometimes the sauce. This Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Wing recipe is no exception. It isn’t the sauce. It isn’t the way we cook them….we will get to the secret shortly.

But first, let me profess my undying love for the wing.  Forget the celery sticks, I want the wings.You can smoke them, grill them, fry them, bake them. Crispy, saucy, breaded or naked, I love a good chicken wing. How I love thee, chicken wing-ee. ♥

a white plate with grilled chicken

Try These Grilled BBQ Wings!

Chicken wings make me happy. Something about eating a messy little piece of chicken, getting sauce from ear to ear, having sticky hands…and no one judges you for looking like a pig while eating them.

cutting chicken on a cutting board using a large knife

Ingredients Needed:

  • Fresh chicken wings – cut at joint, tips discarded
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper
  • All purpose seasoning
  • BBQ sauce – sweet + sticky works best
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

So, about that secret we mentioned.

The secret is time.

Yep. Time.

The preparation time isn’t much. And they don’t take that long to cook. The secret is to marinate. Yes. The bbq chicken wings must remain in the sauce pool to soak for quite some time. How long, you ask?

Atleast 24 hours. Even better is 48 hours. WHAT? This is supposed to be a website for busy families, nobody has time for this?!!!

How to cut chicken wings

Bear with me. It really isn’t that big a deal. On a Wednesday morning (or morning of choice), get up just a little earlier. (I recommend Thursday, so these will be ready by kickoff.)

Cut your wings at the joint, and discard the tips. This isn’t hard to do, just get a big knife, position it right in the joint, and press down. It cuts right into. (I tried to make a video of me doing this, but it was an epic fail. I haven’t mastered the art of video yet, so these pictures are the best I could do.)

You could choose to leave them whole, it does make cooking easier for flipping and turning. But for easier eating and prettier presentation, we like to cut them.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Wings on the Grill:

  1. First, wash and trim chicken wings. Cut at the joint and discard tips. Pat dry.
  2. In a large shallow plastic container with a sealing lid, place chicken wings in a single layer. Add garlic, pepper, and seasoning. Toss them with your hands to coat well.
  3. Next, add BBQ sauce and hot sauce. Toss with your hands to make sure every wing is fully coated.
  4. Refrigerate for AT LEAST 24 hours, up to 48 hours. Every few hours, shake the container to move the wings around in the marinade.
  5. When ready to grill, heat grill to 400 degrees. Lower temperature to medium low (around 300) and grill wings for about 20-25 minutes, turning frequently, until juices run clear and meat is no longer pink.
  6. Finally, serve with celery, carrots, and your favorite wing dipping sauce.
Seasoned chicken with spices and black pepper

Then, toss all the wings (leave the skin on them)into a big container with a tight fighting lid.

Add the minced garlic and dry seasonings. Then-with your hands-rub the spices and seasonings all into the wings. Don’t skip this step. If you put all of the ingredients in at once, the spices and garlic have a tendency to clump up instead of spread evenly throughout the wings.

Then, go wash your hands before handling your next ingredients. You do not want to transfer icky raw chicken residue.

Pour the BBQ sauce and hot sauce over the wings. Using your hands, toss the bbq chicken wings around to make sure sauce is evenly distributed.

chicken wings marinating in spices, hot sauce and barbecue sauce

About the sauce…we have made wings many different ways, and you can always use your favorite type of sauces.

We use Frank’s because it has a great tangy vinegar base, which not only gives the wings flavor but helps tenderize them as well. Plus, it is a spicy wing recipe without burning your mouth. (Our kids ate these wings with no complaints of fire-mouth.)

Must-Try Chicken Wing Recipes:

Sticky Thai Chicken Wings

Ultimate “South of” Buffalo Wings

Carolina Mustard Wings

Now comes the hard part. Put the lid on and put them in the fridge and walk away. Just walk away. Patience, grasshopper.

Every 12 hours or so, toss them around in the container.

marinated chicken wings on a hot grill

Two days later, FIRE UP THE GRILL! It is time, the moment you have been waiting for. No more pacing by the fridge, waiting.

Heat the grill to high, then reduce to medium low. Cook wings on the grill for 20-25 minutes (or more), turning frequently. Cook until the juices run clear and the meat near the wing bone is no longer pink.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings

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**Cooking times will vary based on the size of your wing, your grill type and temp. 

Time to eat, my favorite part!

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BBQ Chicken Wings

Get this easy and awesome recipe for BBQ chicken wings. From the perfect marinade to the grilling, these wings are always a tailgate favorite.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq chicken wings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinating Time (Minimum) 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 21 Wings
Calories 260kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Ingredients

  • 4 – 5 lbs fresh chicken wings cut at joint, tips discarded
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/2 TB black pepper
  • 1/2 TB all purpose seasoning of choice we use Sazon
  • 1 tsp vegetable seasoning mix such as McCormick "Just a Pinch"
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce sweet + sticky type
  • 1 1/2 cups hot sauce Frank's Red Hot

Instructions

  • Wash and trim chicken wings. Cut at the joint and discard tips. Pat dry.
  • In a large shallow plastic container with a sealing lid, place chicken wings in a single layer. Add garlic, pepper, and seasoning. Toss them with your hands to coat well.
  • Add BBQ sauce and hot sauce. Toss with your hands to make sure every wing is fully coated.
  • Refrigerate for AT LEAST 24 hours, up to 48 hours. Every few hours, shake the container to move the wings around in the marinade.
  • When ready to grill, heat grill to 400 degrees. Lower temperature to medium low (around 300) and grill wings for about 20-25 minutes, turning frequently, until juices run clear and meat is no longer pink.
  • Serve with celery, carrots, and your favorite wing dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Wing | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Comments

    • Teri says

      Hope you love them. It really is the best way (in my experience) to get great flavor all the way through the chicken wing. Let me know how it works out for you. Have a great day and thank you for visiting our website. 🙂

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