Taste the Spice of Summer with These BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Chicken Wings recipe

Regardless of whether you like flats or drumsticks, there is no denying that BBQ chicken wings are the perfect summer meal. You can have them for lunch, dinner or even take a few for a snack later in the day.

If you’re like us, your family goes through a small mountain of chicken wings every summer. When you eat that many wings, you need to add some fresh recipes to your repertoire. Even though summer is nearing its end, you can feel like you’re on vacation with this tropical BBQ chicken wing recipe.

Tropical BBQ Chicken Wings

If you want to spice up your summer, this tropical BBQ chicken wing recipe is just for you.

Prep Time: 15 minutes                                      Cook Time: 40 minutes (plus 4 hours of waiting)

Total Kitchen Time: 4 hours and 55 minutes       Serves: 4 to 6 portions


The end of summer is the perfect time to purchase a bundle of fresh, exotic veggies and spices. If you’ve got a green thumb, go through your garden and harvest any ingredients that you have on hand! This will result in some of the tastiest chicken wings you’ll ever have.

Dry Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons of allspice
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 habanero pepper (remove the heat if you don’t want too much spice)
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 4 roughly chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground ginger
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 7 lbs of chicken wings (mix of flats and drumsticks)


After hand-picking all of your fresh ingredients, you get to start creating your tropical masterpiece!

Step 1

Add all of the dry and wet ingredients (minus the chicken wings) into a blender or food processor. Blend the ingredients together until you have a marinade with a smooth consistency. Pour 1 cup of the marinade into a cup and set it in the refrigerator.

Pour the remainder of the marinade into a large, sealable plastic bag and add the chicken wings. Shake the bag until the chicken wings are thoroughly covered in the mixture. Set the bag in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Step 2

Heat up your oven to 350 degrees F. Lay a sheet of tin foil or parchment paper onto 2 to 3 trays, then place the wings on the trays. Be sure to not over-crowd the wings, as this can affect the way that the meat absorbs heat and potentially alter the cooking time. Leave the wings in the oven for 20 minutes.

While the wings are heating in the oven, pre-heat your barbeque. Once the wings have spent their time in the oven, transfer them to the grill for another 10 to 20 minutes (or until the juice from the chicken runs clear). Plate the wings and serve with the leftover marinade, veggies and some dipping sauce.