When it comes to wings, some like them hot… and some like them with Jack Daniel’s and honey. Ultra-spicy wings have their place at summer BBQs, but so do these sweet ones. And with a pinch of cayenne pepper, they still deliver a little kick.
What really sold us on these wings was the addition of Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey.This recipe is a twist on classic honey BBQ, and the Jack Daniel’s really steps things up a notch.
In order to get the full impact, you want to ensure the wings get nice and crispy. The best way to do that is to place your wings on a roasting rack above a baking pan– not directly on the pan itself. This gets the air circulating beneath those wings, giving them that delicious crispy texture. You’ll also want to toss the wings in oil before they go in the oven; it makes for plenty of crisp and as a bonus, keeps them from sticking to the rack.
Honey Baked BBQ Wings w/ Jack Daniel’s
(Makes 2 dozen wings)
- 24 chicken wings, thawed and pat dry
- Black Pepper
- Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Place a wire rack above a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Add an additional rack & foil-lined baking sheet if all wings will not fit in a single layer on one.
- Coat the wings in vegetable oil in a large bowl, add a sprinkle of salt and pepper, then toss.
- Make a single layer of wings on each rack, above the baking sheet.
- Bake 50-60 minutes or until crispy and fully cooked.
- While the wings cook, heat the Jack Daniel’s in a saucepan. Once hot, add onion and garlic. Cook until the onions start to soften.
- Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, molasses, tomato paste, and honey. Bring to a boil.
- Cook until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Once wings are baked and crispy, toss them in the sauce and serve immediately.
Recipe adapted fromChocolate Moosey.