Chipotle Chicken Wings

Ever wondered how to get the easiest and best chicken wings with flavor exploding but still the crunch and moistness that you find at a BBQ cook-off? You have come to the right place.

First off, let’s talk about how much this girl loves BBQ. I love it. Wings, ribs, sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans… all of it.

The first 7 years of my adulthood – I lived all over the south from Central Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between. Which means I have tasted some incredible BBQ.

I can differentiate between the smokiness of Texas BBQ, the mustard and high-vinegar sauce from South Carolina BBQ, the very spicy Memphis BBQ, the white-sauced BBQ of Alabama – which I fell in love with UNTIL… a trip to to Kansas City lead me to the combination of Molasses and Spice at Q39 and I fell off my chair.

I just knew I had to bring that flavor back to my house… and I had to figure out how to do it in an Apartment AND without a Smoker or Grill.

Yes – all this recipe needs is some foil, Liquid Smoke, and some foil. Get ready for the explosion of flavor that you are about to experience.

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Chicken Wings

Chipotle Chicken Wings

  • Author: Abby Turner


  • 2 cups Molasses BBQ Sauce – Stubbs has a really good one or Weber Real Molasses BBQ Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups of dry Chipotle BBQ Rub – I like a sweeter chicken rub so I like Heath Riles Honey Chipotle Rub, but McCormick GrillMasters has a great sweet and spicy rub that will do the trick too!
  • 1/2 cup Liquid Smoke
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 18 wings
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Cover cooking sheet with foil with edges folded up (you will make a boat with a top layer of foil later) 
  3. In a bowl, combine liquid smoke, onion powder, white sugar, and salt. 
  4. Toss all wings in the mixture until coated and place on cooking sheet. 
  5. Lightly sprinkle rub on your wings and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar. 
  6. Place a top piece of foil over the wings and close to make a boat for the wings. 
  7. Cook wings for 20 minutes, rotating half-way through.
  8. After 20 minutes of cooking – (wings should be at 185-190 degrees) remove from oven and coat with BBQ Sauce and the rest of the brown sugar. 
  9. Put wings back in oven for 10 minutes to let brown sugar and sauce caramelize. 
  10. If desire a super crispy crunch, turn Broil on High for 3-5 minutes and let the wings crunch up!
  11. Serve with more sauce and cilantro. 

So do me a favor. When you love this recipe as much as I do, will you post about it? Will you tag me on Instagram or Facebook? Will you share this post with your friends? 

I love this recipe for a fun Summer Bash – want more recipes to pair with these Chicken Wings?

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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