Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings

bbq chicken wings

Apparently, Independence Day BBQs are a global phenomenon. In the US, everywhere you look recently you get some kind of a commercial for BBQ-related products. This is a good enough reason to remind myself that the object in our backyard that is covered most of the year is actually a grill that begs to be used. I didn’t need more than that to think all week about what I’m going to grill this weekend, and eventually the decision was made. The first dish I grilled was chicken wings with awesome homemade sweet-ginger BBQ sauce which, when grilled, get caramelized beautifully, almost causing the wings to taste like chicken lollypops. The second dish was spicy turkey burgers that came out moist and unbelievably tasty (will be posted in the next post). Let’s start!

Preparation: 15 minutes, Grilling: 20 minutes, Total: 35 minutes.
6 servings (2 grilled chicken wings per person)


12 Chicken wings, joints separated, tips removed
1 Cup of ketchup
3 Small tomatoes
1 Clove of garlic
1 Serrano pepper
½ Onion
¼ Cup apple cider vinegar
½ Fresh peach
1 Tablespoon chopped ginger
1 Tablespoon of brown sugar
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
½ Tablespoon of salt

[Improvising options: Peach → Apricot/apple/ Nactarine, Brown sugar → honey/agave/maple, Serrano → Jalapeno or none if you want to avoid spiciness completely]


I already presented this homemade BBQ sauce in my Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich post. The peach and ginger give it another dimension that upgrades the “more of the same” BBQ sauce we all know. Heat a non-stick pan for 5-7 minutes until it gets very hot. Add the olive oil and the tomatoes, peach, and onion (all facing down), the peppers and garlic clove as we. Allow them to sear very well until almost burned, before you flip them using a spatula – this is what gives the BBQ sauce the smoky flavor I’m looking for.
Remove from the pan into a blender and add all the other ingredients (ketchup, ginger….). Blend well until the sauce is perfectly smooth and pour to a bowl, allowing it to chill to room temperature.
sauce in the blender

Put the wings in a big Ziploc bag, add the BBQ sauce, seal well and mix so all wings get to be covered with the sauce. Ok, now its up you how long you want to let it marinade, I would suggest at least 30 minutes and 3-4 hours will do even more good for these wings.
Preheat your grill to about 400F-425F. Place the wings on the grill grate and cover. Flip the wings every couple of minutes and make sure you brush the wings with the excess BBQ sauce at lease once; the sauce gets caramelized and makes the verify by checking if the bone is not pink and the meat is easily separable from the bone. These wings are the real thing and a great treat to celebrate Independence Day. Happy fourth!

bbq chicken wings on the grill

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