Broiled Chicken Wings With Barbecue Sauce

Broiled BBQ Chicken Wings recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings

These broiled chicken wings make a great meal or snack for a family. Feel free to double or triple the recipe for a holiday appetizer or game-day snack for a bigger crowd or make the recipe with chicken drumettes. These chicken wings are great for tailgating, too!

For tailgating or a party, keep the finished chicken wings in a slow cooker on the low or warm setting for serving.


  • 16 to 20 chicken wings (32 to 40 pieces)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken on plate
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  2.  Cut off and discard chicken wing tips and then cut each wing in half at the joint.

    Cut up chicken
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  3. Preheat the broiler and oil the rack in the broiler pan. Line inside of broiler pan with foil to catch drips.

    Preheat broiler
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  4. Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the oiled rack. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Arrange chicken wings in single layer
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  5. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until well blended. Remove about 1/2 cup of the sauce and refrigerate until serving time. Set the remaining sauce aside.

    BBQ sauce
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  6. Broil the chicken wings about 6 inches from the heat source, for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn them over and continue broiling for 10 to 12 minutes longer, turning frequently. 

    Chicken wings with BBQ
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  7. Put the wings in the bowl with the barbecue sauce and coat thoroughly. Place them back on the rack and broil for a few minutes longer, turning to heat both sides.

    Soak wings in BBQ sauce
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  8. Serve immediately or transfer them to a slow cooker or chafing dish to keep warm on the low or warm setting.

    BBQ chicken wings in crockpot
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Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


  • If you are taking the wings to a party or tailgating event, they should be fully cooked and hot. Keep them in the covered slow cooker. Pack the cooker in another container and wrap it with heavy towels or blankets for insulation. When transporting any hot or cold food, keep in mind that harmful bacteria can grow more rapidly in food between 40 F and 140 F, the "danger zone." 

Recipe Variations

  • Add a few drops of liquid smoke to the barbecue sauce mixture.
  • Baked Chicken Wings: After sprinkling the wings with salt and pepper, dust them with flour and place them on a foil-lined lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet. Bake the wings in a preheated 400 F oven for 30 minutes. Turn the wings and bake for 30 minutes longer. Coat the wings with the sauce and put them back on the baking pan. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes longer, or just long enough to glaze the wings.