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Dry Rub Spicy Barbecue Chicken Wings - A Family Feast

Dry Rub Spicy Barbecue Chicken Wings

  • Prep Time: 12 hours 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 12 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 Wingettes and Drumettes


Prep time listed includes time required to marinate these wings overnight.


  • 12 whole fresh plump chicken wings (not the frozen kind)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted ground cumin (use regular cumin if roasted not available)
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • Optional ¼ cup of any BBQ sauce, see here for our recipe


  1. Cut off wing tips and freeze for making a chicken stock.
  2. Run a sharp knife down between the joint of the chicken wing and separate the wingette from drumette.
  3. Mix all spices in a large bowl and add cut up chicken pieces. Mix and toss to coat and place in a gallon zip lock bag overnight.
  4. The following day, preheat grill to medium. These wings are good on their own or dipped in a little BBQ sauce during the last ten minutes of cooking. The sauce is optional. Simply cook them for 20-30 minutes on an oiled medium grill until done. If you want to use a little sauce at the end, follow the steps below.
  5. Line a grill pan with foil with a little foil ridge around the outside and set aside.
  6. Have a large bowl standing by.
  7. Heat grill to medium high and brush grates with a little vegetable oil. Place wings on oiled grates and grill 20 minutes turning often and keeping lid shut between turns.
  8. At this point, you can eat the wings simply grilled with the spice rub flavorings.
  9. Or, if you prefer your wings sauced, transfer the wing to a large bowl and pour the optional BBQ sauce over the wings. Toss the wings to coat and pour out onto the foil lined grill pan and place back on the grill and close the lid. After five minutes, flip each one and close the lid again. After five more minutes remove.
  10. Serve with plenty of napkins.