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These sweet and tangy baked chicken wings are smothered in a homemade barbecue sauce. They’re extra crispy without any frying required!

Sweet and Tangy Baked Wings

These sweet and tangy baked wings are smothered in a homemade barbecue sauce.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 341kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • For the wings:
  • 2 1/2 pounds party style chicken wings (or whole chicken wings that have been halved crosswise)
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 garlic cloves , smashed
  • 1 tablespoon of barbecue , poultry or grill seasoning
  • 8 cups water
  • cooking spray
  • cilantro leaves and lemon wedges for garnish (Optional)
  • For the barbecue sauce:
  • 1 cup Dr Pepper (I prefer regular but Diet will work too)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons of steak sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Bring one cup of water to a boil (I use the microwave) and pour the water into a very large bowl. Add the salt and honey to the water and stir until the salt has dissolved.
  • Add the garlic and seasoning to the bowl. Pour 7 cups of very cold water over everything and stir until combined.
  • Place the chicken wings in the brine, cover the bowl and put it into the refrigerator. Chill for at least 2 hours but no more than 8 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Remove the chicken wings from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the wings in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until wings are a deep golden brown.
  • While the wings are in the oven, make the sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  • Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat.
  • Serve the wings immediately with cilantro leaves and lemon wedges to garnish if desired.


Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Potassium: 400mg | Sugar: 23g