I am not a BBQ-er, nor is my husband. So, this super simple and delicious chicken wing rub recipe is just that, anyone can do it! And let me tell you, people will think you’re a BBQ master if you serve this at your next get-together.
This recipe is a delicacy in our family (I even served it at our girls’ birthday party this year, it’s their fav), we really enjoy it with wings, but you could use thighs and drumsticks too. I would imagine you could use it on a whole bird just fine but like I said, I’m no BBQ-er.
You can use skinless or skin-on wings for this, we’ve made it both ways (back before we had a plucker), but it is so much tastier with the skin! And don’t be fooled by modern fads, the skin IS healthy for you, it’s full of glycine, an amino acid that’s especially important for pregnant women, but still contributes to overall health for kids and adults- men and women alike.
We’re nearing the end of summer as I write this, and that means our freezer is loaded with fresh chicken, grown and harvested right here on the farmstead. But for those of you who are unable to grow your own chicken, I highly suggest seeking out a local farmer! The flavor of pasture raised chicken is out of this world, not to mention the quality and nutrition far surpasses that on the store shelf. If you’re ready to dip you’re toes into homesteading waters, chickens are the easiest place to start! Read more about raising chickens in our free eBook.
What do I need to make the Chicken Wing rub?
- Brown sugar or Sucanat and granulated sugar
- Salt & Pepper
- Your favorite spices (paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne powder)
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How to make Chicken wings:
- Sprinkle the wings with baking powder, toss to coat. Place in an even layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- In a small bowl combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, granulated sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin and cayenne(optional).
- Remove the wings the from oven and add to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with some of the rub mixture, toss to coat. Add more rub until desired seasoning is achieved. Reserve the remaining rub for another use. Serve immediately.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pounds chicken wings
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Dry Rub:
- 3/4 cup brown sugar or sucanat
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder(optional)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, brush parchment with the oil.
- In a large mixing bowl sprinkle the wings with baking powder, toss to evenly coat. Place wings in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, flip and bake another 15-20 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the dry rub.
- Remove the wings from the oven and add to a large bowl, sprinkle with some of the rub mixture and toss to coat. Repeat until desired amount of seasoning is on the wings. Reserve the leftover rub for another application. Serve immediately.
This rub makes enough to lightly season 4 pounds of wings, or heavily season 2 pounds of wings.