Grilled Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

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Food brings people together! And what better time to celebrate than with our Independence Day 4th of July backyard barbecue?

These sweet and spicy grilled chicken wings are the perfect grilling food.

Nothing can compare to a smokey flavor of a grill.

And, there is something about being with friends, grilling and outside – all the pressures of the everyday grind come to a halt!


Grilled Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

20-30 chicken wings

  • 1/2 cup hickory or apple wood chips
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 2 oz. bourbon or blended whiskey
  • 4 oz. chili sauce
  • 4 oz. Siracha Chile Sauce
  • 8 oz. plain barbecue sauce
  • 3 oz. of wing sauce

1. Combine all ingredients except chicken wings into a microwave-safe mixing bowl or measuring cup. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes; stir well.

2. Place wings in a 2 gallon ziploc bag.

Add 1/4 to 1/2 of the sauce to thickly coat wings in bag.

Close bag (reserve remaining sauce) and refrigerate overnight.

3. Light a gas grill. Wrap the wood chips in heavy-duty foil and pierce the foil packet with a skewer. Add the packet to the grill. Cover and let the wood chips begin to smoke, 5 minutes.

4. Grill the chicken wings, covered, over moderately high heat, turning them with tongs occasionally, until they are charred in spots and cooked through, 22 to 25 minutes (165-175 internal temp.).

5. Remove from grill into mixing bowl or container with a lid.

Pour reserved wing sauce over wings and toss.

Pile these deliciously sweet and spicy grilled wings on a platter and serve along with some buckaroo beans, coleslaw, fresh corn on the cob and lots of ice cold beer.


Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!

About Chef Kathy

My name is Kathy Davault. I am an award winning chef and author, and have enjoyed cooking for over 30 years. I decided to go to culinary school to become a chef because I knew there was more to cooking than just following recipes.

I started my website in 2006 to offer an abundance of information on many of the things I learned in culinary school. I have a real passion for cooking and want to share all of my tips and techniques with you.

If you are serious about cooking, and would like to be considered a real chef without going to culinary school, let me show you how. You will truly leave a lasting impression on your family and friends, and become the talk of the party with your fabulous dishes!


Chef Kathy


  1. AnnFrancis says:

    Hi I also have a passion for cooking and always want to plate the food in an ellegant way. any tips and techniques will help a lot. You are right, cooking is more than just following the recipe. Recipes, Pictures and steps would be very welcome as I am retiring one of these days and going to open a restaurant to enhance my income. Thank you for the nice gift.

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