This BBQ wings recipe can be cooked FOUR different ways---baked, grilled, air fried, or slow-cooked in a crockpot! Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and coated with a wonderful smoky, tangy, salty, savory dry rub. You'll love how easy it is to make these wings any season, any weather condition, or any night of the week.
You Will Love These Barbecue Chicken Wings
Four Ways to Cook. I have tried these wings in every way to cook them - baked, air fried, slow-cooked, and grilled. Wings are super easy to make for dinner baked, grilled or air-fried, or slow-cooked as an appetizer for parties!
Easy Dry Rub. This dry rub is super easy to make! Put all dry rub ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until well combined. Add more or less of each ingredient to your preference. Bonus: make a double batch to store for next time!
Healthy! These wings have no sugar added to the dry rub making this a delicious low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free recipe. The perfect lean protein meal to pair with your favorite low-carb sides. Scroll down for ideas on how to serve these wings.
Barbecue Wings Ingredients
Here's what you'll need to make this BBQ wings recipe:
- Bone in Skin on Chicken Wings: substitute bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs if preferred.
- Olive Oil: can be omitted but helps get the skin crispy.
- Dried Oregano
- Cumin: this is a great spice that is used in many different international dishes, commonly used in chili, Mexican, and Indian food. It has a great earthy, mild flavor that pairs well with herbs.
- Smoked Paprika: adds a nice, slightly smoky, sweet flavor to the dry rub.
- Dried Parsley Flakes
- Garlic Salt: used in the dry rub and used to add more to taste after cooking.
- Dried Thyme
- Onion Powder
- Ground Yellow Mustard: I love to add ground yellow mustard to dry rubs, especially for chicken and pork. It adds a complimenting tangy flavor with all of the herbs and spices.
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
BBQ Wings Substitutions and Additions
Use your own favorite dry rub in place of this homemade version.
Use fresh herbs in place of dried ones. You will not be able to store any leftovers due to the fresh herbs wilting.
Omit any herbs or spices as desired.
Use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, or use boneless if preferred. If you are using chicken thighs, you may need to adjust your cooking time so the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F for safety.
Use BBQ sauce instead of a dry rub if preferred. Add your BBQ sauce at the end of cooking for grilling, air-frying, or baking. You can add bbq sauce to the wings when slow cooking to infuse the flavor.
How to Make BBQ Chicken Wings (4 Ways)
There are 4 ways you can make these wings...yep. 4. Bake them, air fry, grill, or slow cook them. Here's how:
Be sure to see the recipe card for full details on how to make them.
Make The Dry Rub
- In a small bowl mix the dry rub.
- Coat the wings with olive oil and sprinkle on rub.
- Place in an airtight container or plastic bag and let marinate for a few hours.
- Cook using your favorite method below.
Baked BBQ Chicken Wings
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (Tip: wingettes may be substituted. Bake at 375 35 to 42 minutes.)
- Place wings on the baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until done.
Air Fryer BBQ Chicken Wings
- Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Working in two batches, add wings to the air fryer basket. Cook until done, turning halfway. Repeat for the second batch. (Tip: keep the first batch warm while the second batch is cooking. Place back in the air fryer for a couple of minutes to re-crisp.)
Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings
- Grease the grill grates. Preheat the grill to medium heat, about 400 degrees F.
- Place wings on the grill face down. Grill for 10 minutes. Turn chicken over and grill another 10 minutes or until done.
BBQ Chicken Wings in Crock Pot
- Set oven to broil and oven rack to 6 inches away from the top. Place wings on a baking sheet and broil on all sides until golden.
- Coat the crockpot with nonstick spray. Place wings in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 4 hours or until done. (Tip: every crockpot cooks a little differently; check the temperature of the chicken after 2 hours to prevent overcooking.)
How to Serve Barbecue Chicken Wings
Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, or garlic salt.
Serve with a favorite dipping sauce or BBQ sauce. This Carolina gold BBQ sauce recipe would pair really well with the dry rub!
Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or chives.
Meal idea! Serve with your favorite salad sides, such as this broccoli salad recipe with bacon or this Italian "pasta" salad (use cauliflower florets instead of noodles for low carb). Or, pair it with your favorite side salad and vegetable.
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How to Store Barbecue Wings
Store any leftover barbecue wings in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to 4 months.
BBQ Wings FAQs
Typically BBQ sauce is added during cooking. It is often added towards the end of cooking so that it does not burn.
One of my preferred methods to get BBQ sauce to stick to wings easier is by patting the wings dry and then tossing them in cornstarch before adding your BBQ sauce so the sauce has something stick to. You can season your cornstarch with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings to add flavor.
The main difference just comes down to the sauce. The wings are the same, but buffalo are smothered in buffalo sauce. BBQ wings are smothered in a BBQ sauce.
- 2 pounds Bone in skin on chicken wings
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil (used to crisp up the skin, omit)
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- ½ tablespoon cumin
- ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
- ½ tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- 1½ teaspoons garlic salt (add more to taste after cooking)
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground yellow mustard
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Mix all the dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.
- Place chicken wings in a large bowl and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle dry rub over chicken coating evenly.
- Place wings in an airtight container or gallon sized plastic bag and refrigerate about 2 hours, up to 24 hours.
- Cook your wings using your favorite method below - grilled, baked, air fryer, or crock pot.
Grilled BBQ Wings
- Grease grill grates. Preheat grill to medium heat, about 400℉.
- Place wings on the grill face down. Grill 10 minutes. Turn the chicken pieces over and grill another 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165℉
Baked BBQ Wings
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Place wings on the baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until they reach 165℉.
- Tip: wingettes may be substituted. Bake at 375 for 35 to 42 minutes, or until done.
Air Fryer BBQ Wings
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Working in 2 batches, add wings to the air fryer basket. Cook 20 to 25 minutes or until done, turning halfway. Repeat the process with the second batch.
- Tip: keep the first batch warm while the second batch is cooking. Place back in the air fryer for a couple of minutes to re-crisp.
BBQ Wings in Crock Pot
- Set oven to broil and oven rack to 6" away from the top. Place wings on a baking sheet and broil on all sides until golden.
- Coat crockpot with nonstick spray. Place wings in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until done (165℉).
- Tip: every crockpot cooks a little differently, check the temperature of the chicken after 3 hours.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- VARIATIONS: Use any favorite dry rub and any of the 4 cooking methods. Wingettes may be substituted, lower the temperature by 25 degrees and cook the same about of time under each method - or until the chicken reaches 165.
- TIPS: Always cook your chicken to 165 degrees F. Test with a meat thermometer.
- SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a favorite dipping sauce or BBQ sauce. Garnish with parsley or chives.
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