I’m not sure there is anything better than Crispy BBQ Chicken Wings! Okay, I’m a big wing fanatic, but this easy wing recipe is quick and oh so versatile. You can create any of your favorite flavors using this one simple process. What could be better than that?
WIngs are perfect as an appetizer, a game-day snack, or for those late-night munchies. If you are looking for some other great chicken wing recipes, why not check out these amazing Smoked Chicken Wings or maybe try these Asian-inspired Korean Chicken Wings!
Look at how crispy and saucy those wings are, and it’s all easy to make on the BBQ grill. No deep-fried wings, no oven, just your trusty BBQ grill!
What do you need to make Crispy BBQ chicken
These wings are amazingly simple to put together; all you need is literally a handful of ingredients.
- Chicken wings
- Onion salt
- Smoked paprika
- Your favorite wing sauce (optional)
With these everyday ingredients, you can have crispy BBQ chicken wings in just under an hour! Why aren’t you out shopping for some chicken wings right now?
How to make Crispy BBQ chicken wings
Preheat your BBQ grill. You will want it set up for indirect heat to start. You want the cooler side of the grill to be about 250 degrees F.
Start by patting your wings dry using a paper towel after you remove them from the package. If the wingtips are still attached, I like to remove them. I know some people like to keep them on, but I find they end up too crispy and burnt. Place the dried wings in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, mix together the cornstarch, onion salt, and smoked paprika. Sprinkle the cornstarch mixture over the chicken wings. Mix the wings using your hand or a large spoon; you want to make sure that all the wings are coated with the cornstarch mixture.
Grilling the wings
If you want to add a hint of smoke, you can add a smoker packet or add some wood chips to the charcoal. Once your grill is preheated, place the wings onto the cooler side of the grill and close the lid.
Allow the wings to cook for 30 minutes with the lid closed. After 30 minutes, increase the heat on the grill to 400 degrees F. If you are using charcoal, move the wings to the hot side of the grill. Leave the wings on the grill as the temperature increases. Continue to cook the wings for an additional 15 – 20 minutes once the grill reaches 400 degrees.
Check your wings after 10 minutes; they may cook more quickly depending upon the size of the wings. If they are smaller, they may be done in 10 minutes; larger wings may take up to 20 minutes or more.
Remove the wings when the internal temperature reaches 170 to 180 degrees F using an instant-read thermometer.
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I always use my trusty Thermapen One instant-read thermometer for an accurate and quick read of internal temperature.
You can let the wings continue to cook up to an internal temperature of about 195 degrees F. They will still be nice and tender, especially if they are on the larger side.
Finishing your wings
Look at how wonderfully crisp the skin is on those wings, golden brown, with all the juices sealed inside! Now you have to decide if you are going to serve them just like this or add a favorite dry rub or sauce to your wings.
Obviously, one of the most popular choices for wings is hot wings, made popular by the world-famous Buffalo chicken wings. If you are looking simply to do hot wings, you can make your own hot sauce like this homemade cayenne pepper sauce. In a pinch, you can use your favorite store-bought hot sauce. There are some great ones available now!
If you are eating hot wings, you need to have something to dip them in. Many people like a blue cheese dip, but I prefer a ranch dressing to dip my hot wings in.
So many more finishing options
Of course, there are so many other options for your chicken wings. Have you tried this amazing TGI Fridays Jack Daniels Sauce? It is absolutely incredible; it’s easy to make and tastes just like you ordered it from TGI Fridays!
My wife loves her teriyaki chicken wings, and this Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is perfect for wings. This recipe is simple, straightforward, and amazingly tasty! When you make your own teriyaki sauce, or any sauce for that matter, you know what goes into it. You control all the ingredients. That usually means that it is a healthy alternative to store-bought. Did I mention it adds a wonderful sweet and tangy Asian flair to your wings!
I love my wings with BBQ sauce, whether I’m dipping them in the sauce or they are tossed with the BBQ sauce. This Kansas City-style Homemade BBQ Sauce is easy, quick, and simple to prepare. The herbs and spices blend so well with the tomato base; I mean, this sauce would be great on anything!
How many wings per person should I make?
If you are serving wings at a party or as a game-day snack, it is important to make sure you make enough to go around. As a general rule of thumb for a party or get-together, I usually plan to have about half a pound of wings a person. Assuming that I am serving other food or munchies also.
If I am serving wings as part of a meal with a side or two, I usually plan for about 1 pound per adult serving. Of course, it depends on the size of the wings and the size of the guests. If your rec slow pitch or hockey team is coming over, you may need to prepare a few more wings!
However many people you are serving, make sure you make extra! These wings are going to be the hit of any party, game-day snack, or casual meal!
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- 3 lbs chicken wings
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp onion salt (onion salt brings a nice hint of sweetness, but you could use Kosher salt.)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika (you can use sweet paprika if you like)
- ½ cup favorite wing sauce (optional)
- Preheat your BBQ, and set it up for indirect cooking. You want the cool side f the grill to be about 250 degrees F. If you want to add a hint of smoke, place your favorite smoking wood into the charcoal or put a smoker packet on your gas grill.
- Remove the wings from their packaging and pat dry with a paper towel; place them into a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch, onion salt, and paprika together.
- Sprinkle and coat every wing with the cornstarch mixture.
- Place the coated wings into the fridge.
- Once the BBQ has reached the temperature, place the wings directly on the grill.
- Cook for 30 minutes with the lid closed.
- After 30 minutes, increase your temperature to 400 degrees F, leaving the wings on the grill.
- Cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes cover closed, or until the internal temperature has reached a minimum of 165 degrees F, but I would recommend at least 180 degrees so the wings are tender. Ours were 195 degrees F and were tender and perfectly cooked.
- Take the wings off the BBQ.
- If you do decide to coat them with your favorite wing sauce, place the wings in a bowl, pour ½ cup of your favorite wing sauce, and toss gently to coat every wing.
- Rest the wings for 5 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
*NOTE* 15 to 20 minutes is a guideline with the size of the wings I had. If your wings are smaller, check at 10 minutes; if they are bigger, check at 15 minutes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1231Total Fat: 93gSaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 49gCholesterol: 305mgSodium: 2439mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 58g
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