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Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings. Sweet, sticky, smoky, addictive grilled wings that you’ll make again & again with homemade sauce to die for! You’ll need lots.

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings, beautifully glazed sticky wings that you won't be able to get enough of. Make plenty!

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings

I really didn’t intend to post a recipe for these honey barbecue wings. But when I posted a pic of them, still on the grill, from my iPhone on Rock Recipes Facebook Page the strong response was quite unexpected.

It seemed people were drooling in front of their screens and repeatedly asking how I prepared them.

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We generally use organic honey in our recipes.

I hadn’t intended on posting it because to me honey barbecue wings are just honey mixed with your favourite BBQ sauce and maybe a little extra heat, then repeatedly brushed onto grilled wings.

I do make several of my own barbecue sauces though and my Brown Sugar Balsamic Barbecue sauce works particularly well in this recipe.

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings, beautifully glazed sticky wings that you won't be able to get enough of. Make plenty!

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings

They turn out with a beautiful sweet sticky glaze that people simply go mad for. Even when we are barbecuing other meats, we tend to throw on a few of these wings to enjoy before the other food even hits the plate.

Stock photo of raw chicken wings on chopping board with parsley

Fresh chicken wings will always be juicier than frozen but either can work in this recipe.

They are incredibly addictive and it is practically impossible to eat just one. Only yesterday, just as the kids were arriving after school, I whipped up this small batch, just to take the photo.

My daughter, Olivia, when offered them said, “Yeah, I just want one.” She ate half the plate.

Honey BBQ chicken pieces on a white plate.

Of course this sauce can be used on any grilled chicken pieces you like.

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Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings, beautifully glazed sticky wings that you won't be able to get enough of. Make plenty!
Yield: 8 servings

Grilled Honey Barbecue Wings

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

For the Brown Sugar Balsamic BBQ Sauce

  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large apple, thinly sliced
  • One 28-32 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 tsp crushed chili paste, or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste of either if you want to better control the heat)
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 whole nutmeg, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

To make the Honey BBQ WIngs

  • 4 lbs chicken wings, tips removed and cut in two pieces
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar Balsamic BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp hot sauce, I like to use sriracha hot chili sauce, more or less to taste

Instructions

To make the Brown Sugar Balsamic BBQ Sauce

  1. Saute the onion, garlic, olive oil and apple together in a medium sized saucepan until the onions and apples have softened.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes.
  3. Simmer together until the sauce is reduced by 1/4 , then add all of the remaining ingredients for the sauce.
  4. Simmer all together over low heat for about a half hour or until the sauce reaches the consistency of a good barbeque sauce. I like mine a little thicker than most because it is easier to brush on whatever is being grilled. Puree the sauce to make it extra smooth if you prefer. I always do.
  5. Store in airtight container in the fridge if you are using it within a week or so or freeze it in airtight containers. Properly preserving it in mason jars will make it last all summer.

To prepare the Honey Barbeque Wings

  1. Mix together the BBQ sauce, honey and hot sauce and set aside.
  2. Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper, then grill them on medium heat until the skins are browned and they are almost cooked.
  3. At that point, turn the heat down to about medium low and begin to brush on the honey barbeque glaze, continuously turning the wings and building layers of sticky sweet sauce. I usually coat them at least 3 times with the sauce while they are on the grill. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 868Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 31gCholesterol 186mgSodium 1352mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 1gSugar 30gProtein 39g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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