Firecracker Chicken Wings with a Bourbon Glaze

From Chef Tom Jackson / All Things Barbecue

Firecracker Chicken Wings with a Bourbon Glaze Recipe

Spark up your Yoder Smokers pit and add some heat and sweet to grilled chicken wings.

Firecracker Chicken Wings with a Bourbon Glaze Recipe


  • 5 lb chicken wings
For the Firecracker Seasoning:
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne
For the Bourbon BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder


To make the Bourbon BBQ Sauce, combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.

Setup your grill for direct high heat (450ºF) grilling.

Combine all ingredients for the Firecracker Seasoning. Cover the wings in the seasoning.

Grill the wings until nicely charred. Move to an indirect cooking zone, if necessary. Remove from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 170ºF.

Transfer the wings to a mixing bowl. Add desired amount of Bourbon BBQ Sauce to the bowl. Toss to coat the wings. Serve hot.

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