Easy Barbecue Chicken Wings (Recipe)


BBQ chicken wings should be a staple for any BBQ enthusiast. Here’s a really easy recipe to pull out of the bag at any kitchen or party. Just be ready to fight for the last wing!

Barbecue smoked grilled chicken wings served on parchment paper with hot sauce on the side

Everyone needs a BBQ Wings recipe and this one has stood the test of time over the years. I’ve eliminated the complicated marinades and dipping sauces, leaving you with simple wings you can trust.

That leaves you with the real star of the show: the wings. These beauties are delicious and can leave anyone looking for more!

BBQ wings served with a spicy sauce

This recipe uses a really simple chicken injection marinade to add a strong flavor to the mixture. It’s just a simple soy sauce and vinaigrette mix, but there are so many different ingredients you could use here.

Feel free to experiment here. I’ve seen marinades made with honey, chilli sauce, crushed garlic, lime, ginger, sriracha, hoisin sauce and more.

If it’s a bit of a whistle, then it’s a contender for a marinade!

Easy BBQ Chicken Wings

If you want to try a dipping sauce here I recommend you have really enjoyed the cola bbq sauces lately. The combination of spicy and sweet they offer goes very well.

If you’re short on time, the best way to bring out the flavor of these little beauties is with brine.

If you’ve never used brine before, be sure to check out my guide to salting chicken wings . I’ll walk you through all the steps plus everything you need to put together an effective brine solution.

Finally, make sure you heat the grill up fully before placing the wings on it. This will prevent the chicken from sticking to the grill .

Easy BBQ Chicken Wings

How long to grill chicken wings

Chicken wings should be cooked at an internal temperature of 74°C ( source ). This should take about 20-25 minutes when grilling over medium-high heat. Make sure to turn every few minutes, cook evenly, and make sure there’s no pink meat in the wings.

How to cook wings on a charcoal grill

If you’re using a charcoal grill, like my trusty Weber Jumbo Joe, you’ll need to set it up for indirect grilling. Also known as 2-zone grilling, where the charcoal IS placed on one side of the grill and the food on the other. This method allows us to heat the wings without exposing them to direct heat, drying them out, or charring them.

Easy BBQ Chicken Wings

Just do BBQ chicken wings right. Crispy skin and a little heat for the perfect wing dish.
Appetizer, dinner, main course , side dish
American cuisine , BBQ
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes


  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Italian vinaigrette salad dressing
  • 3 pounds of chicken wings without the tips of the wings


  • In a large Ziploc bag, marinate chicken wings with soy sauce and Italian vinaigrette dressing. Leave on for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • When the wings are done, heat the grill to medium-high or 450F.
  • Remove the wings from the fridge and Ziploc bag. Pat gently with kitchen paper to remove excess marinade.
  • Arrange the wings on the grill, leaving several spaces between them for good airflow and coverage. Heat on the grill, turning occasionally, until the wings are golden brown and no longer pink on the inside. typically about 20 minutes or when the internal temperature reaches 73°C (165°F).
  • Serve with your choice of glaze, garnish or dipping sauce.

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