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Honey-Barbecue Chicken Wings Recipe

How to Make Buffalo Wild Wings Honey-Barbecue at Home

With 16 signature wing sauces, five dry seasonings, and six different dressings to dip wings in, it could take dozens of trips to try the extensive menu at Buffalo Wild Wings. But it's the restaurant's classic honey-barbecue that's the resounding crowd favorite, and for good reason. This tangy sauce is so delicious you'll want to slather it on everything, especially wings; watch the video to see our take on the recipe.

Honey-Barbecue Wings

Inspired by Buffalo Wild Wings


If using frozen chicken wings, make sure that they're completely thawed before proceeding with the recipe. To thaw quickly (and safely), put the frozen wings in a sealed plastic bag (or the original packaging) in a large bowl in the sink. Run cold water in a steady trickle over the wings until the wings have thawed. Do not thaw the wings on your countertop.

Honey-Barbecue Wings


  1. 1 pound chicken wings
    1 cup ketchup
    1/3 cup white vinegar
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/4 cup honey
    1 teaspoon liquid smoke
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1/4 teaspoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    Oil for frying


  1. Prep the chicken wings by using a sharp knife to cut the joint that separates the wing from the drumstick. Then snip off the end or the tip of the wing. Trim any excess skin from the wing, and pat them dry.
  2. Add the ketchup, white vinegar, molasses, honey, liquid smoke, salt, black pepper, paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to a medium saucepot set over medium heat; stir to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer, and then reduce the heat to low to maintain the simmer; cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the oil to a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or electric deep fryer, leaving at least 2 inches of space at the top. Heat the oil to 375°F.
  4. In batches of 3 to 5 chicken wings, carefully fry the wings for 10 to 15 minutes or until they are crisp on the outside. Place on a paper-towel-lined plate to drain off excess oil (and cool slightly) before tossing them in the honey-barbecue sauce.
  5. Toss wings in honey-barbecue sauce, and serve immediately.
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