How to Make Sticky BBQ Chicken Wings

If you’re craving irresistible, finger-licking goodness, learning how to make sticky BBQ wings is a must! In this mouthwatering guide, we’ll show you the secrets to achieving that perfect blend of sweet and savory, all while keeping it hassle-free in the oven. Get ready to elevate your wing game with this great recipe that makes a fantastic appetizer for game day!

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Learn the art of making Sticky BBQ Wings in the Oven with this delicious recipe.

Learn the art of making Sticky BBQ Wings in the Oven with this delicious recipe.

Ingredients | Sticky BBQ Wings Recipe

In this Sticky BBQ Wings recipe, each ingredient plays a crucial role in creating a mouthwatering flavor profile that’ll leave you craving more. Here’s an overview of the ingredients and their roles:

Marinade/Sticky Sauce Ingredients:

  • BBQ Sauce: The star of the show, the tangy BBQ sauce brings that signature smoky, tangy, and sweet flavor to the dish. It’s the key component that gives the wings their sticky, saucy goodness.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds sweetness and depth to the BBQ sauce. It enhances the overall richness of the glaze and balances the savory elements.
  • Minced Garlic: Minced garlic contributes a delightful punch of savory flavor and aromatic complexity. It infuses the BBQ sauce with a subtle garlic undertone that complements the sweetness.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic powder reinforces the garlic flavor and provides a consistent garlic taste throughout the dish. It’s an essential ingredient to ensure the wings are bursting with flavor.

Main Ingredient

  • Chicken Wings: The main attraction, chicken wings are the canvas for this flavor explosion. They provide a juicy and tender base for the sticky BBQ glaze, creating a perfect harmony of taste and texture.

With this combination of ingredients, you’ll achieve a delectable balance of sweet, savory, and smoky notes. Depending on your own flavor preferences, you may also want to add a dash of the following ingredients: black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion powder, and/or lemon juice. They aren’t necessary, but any or all of them will add an extra layer of depth to the flavor profile. 

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Discover a hassle-free method for creating mouthwatering Sticky BBQ Wings at home.

Discover a hassle-free method for creating mouthwatering Sticky BBQ Wings at home.

Tips for Success

To ensure your Sticky BBQ Wings turn out perfectly, here are some essential tips for success:

  1. Properly Marinate the Chicken: For maximum flavor, marinate the chicken wings in the BBQ sauce mixture for at least an hour or overnight. This allows the flavors to infuse the meat thoroughly.
  2. Use High-Quality BBQ Sauce: The quality of your BBQ sauce can make a significant difference. Choose a high-quality, flavorful BBQ sauce that you love. Some of our favorite bbq sauce options on Amazon are: Small Batch Hawaiian BBQ Sauce (sweetened with pineapple juice) and Lillie’s Q Gold BBQ Sauce.
  3. Monitor Oven Temperature: Keep a close eye on your oven temperature. Preheat it accurately and maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.
  4. Use a Baking Rack: Placing the sticky chicken wings on a baking rack set (similar to a cooling rack) over a baking sheet allows for even cooking and helps the wings stay crispy.
  5. Baste During Cooking: Periodically baste the wings with additional sauce as they cook to build up that delicious sticky glaze.
  6. Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: Ensure there’s enough space between the wings on the baking rack. Overcrowding can prevent even cooking and crispiness.
  7. Keep an Eye on Cooking Time: Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the wings and the accuracy of your oven. Keep a close watch to prevent overcooking, which can dry out the wings.
  8. Test for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to check that the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are safely cooked.
  9. Rest Before Serving: Let the cooked wings rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in more succulent meat.
  10. Garnish and Serve Hot: Add a final touch by garnishing with fresh herbs, and serve the Sticky BBQ Wings while they are hot for the best taste and texture.
Get ready to savor the perfect blend of sweet and savory with our Sticky BBQ Wings recipe.

Get ready to savor the perfect blend of sweet and savory with our Sticky BBQ Wings recipe.


Variety is the spice of life, and there are numerous creative ways to add a twist to your Sticky BBQ Wings. Here are some variation ideas to keep things interesting:

  1. Spicy Kick: If you love heat, add some cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or hot sauce to the BBQ sauce for a spicy BBQ wing variation.
  2. Citrus Zest: Enhance the flavor profile with a hint of citrus by adding grated orange or lemon zest to the marinade for a refreshing twist.
  3. Honey Glaze: Combine honey with your BBQ sauce for a sweeter, more honeyed glaze that balances the smokiness.
  4. Asian Fusion: Create an Asian-inspired variation by incorporating soy sauce, ginger, and sesame seeds into your BBQ sauce for a teriyaki-style flavor.
  5. Sesame Seeds: Toasted sesame seeds sprinkled on top of your sticky wings can add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor.
  6. Pineapple Paradise: Include pineapple juice or small pineapple chunks in the sauce for a tropical, fruity dimension.
  7. Cajun Spice: Infuse some Cajun flair by seasoning the wings with a Cajun spice blend before coating them with the BBQ sauce.
  8. Sour Cream Dip: Serve your wings with a side of tangy sour cream-based dip, perhaps flavored with chives or dill, to complement the sweetness of the BBQ sauce.
  9. Jalapeño Jelly Glaze: Incorporate jalapeño jelly into your sauce for a sweet and spicy glaze that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.
  10. Gourmet Herbs: Garnish your wings with fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or cilantro to add a gourmet touch.

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Step-by-step guide to crafting the most irresistible Sticky BBQ Wings in your oven.

Step-by-step guide to crafting the most irresistible Sticky BBQ Wings in your oven.

FAQ | How to Make Sticky BBQ Wings in the Oven

How can I make the wings extra crispy in the oven?

Follow these tips for extra crispy wings made in the oven:

  • Dry the Wings: Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels before marinating them. Moisture on the surface can prevent crispiness.
  • Use a Wire Rack: Place the marinated wings on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Elevating the wings allows the heat to circulate all around, helping them cook evenly and become crispier.
  • Baking Powder Coating: Before marinating, you can lightly coat the wings with a thin layer of baking powder (not baking soda). Baking powder helps draw out moisture from the skin and promotes crispiness. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of baking powder for every 2 pounds of wings.
  • Higher Temperature: Preheat your oven to a higher temperature, around 425-450°F (220-230°C). The higher heat helps in achieving crispier skin.
  • Baste and Broil: While baking the wings, periodically baste them with the BBQ sauce mixture. Once the wings are almost done, switch the oven to the broil setting. This will quickly crisp up the skin and caramelize the sauce. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning, as the broiling process works fast.

Can I use this recipe for grilling instead of baking in the oven?


Preheat your grill to medium heat (around 350-400°F or 175-200°C). You should have a two-zone fire, with one side of the grill set to direct heat and the other to indirect (low) heat. Oil the grill grates to prevent sticking. You can use a paper towel or brush dipped in oil for this purpose.

Place the wings on the side of the grill with indirect heat. This is where you’ll first cook the wings without the direct flame to avoid charring. Close the lid and grill for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Once the wings have started to cook and develop grill marks, move them to the side of the grill with direct heat. Baste the wings with additional BBQ sauce from your marinade. Continue turning and basting the wings for another 10-15 minutes or until they’re fully cooked.

Master the secret to oven-baked Sticky BBQ Wings with our easy-to-follow recipe.

Master the secret to oven-baked Sticky BBQ Wings with our easy-to-follow recipe.

Can I prepare the wings in advance and reheat them later?

Yes, you can make these wings in advance and reheat them.

To maintain their crispiness, reheat them in the oven at a low temperature, around 300°F (150°C), for a short time, or use an air fryer if you have one.

What sides go well with Sticky BBQ Wings?

Classic side dishes like coleslaw, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, and potato salad complement Sticky BBQ Wings beautifully. Fresh vegetable sticks with a dip or a green salad are also great options. Here are some of our favorite dishes that pair well with chicken wings:

How to Make Sticky BBQ Wings in the Oven

Master the secret to oven-baked Sticky BBQ Wings with our easy-to-follow recipe.

Brown Sugar Garlic Wings

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

    Start planning your Super Bowl menu NOW! And put these Brown Sugar Garlic chicken wings at the top of your list.


  • 1 cup favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 lbs chicken wings


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Mix all ingredients (except the chicken) in a pot over low - medium heat until sauce simmers and then let cool. 
  3. Grease glass pan or baking pan with cooking spray and place chicken wings in pan.
  4. Pour sauce over wings and bake in oven for 45 minutes. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2448Total Fat: 166gSaturated Fat: 59gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 93gCholesterol: 558mgSodium: 3407mgCarbohydrates: 121gFiber: 4gSugar: 47gProtein: 116g

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