Oven Baked BBQ Wings

A Healthier Version; No Mess to Clean Up.  You'll Lick Your Fingers Clean

These oven baked BBQ wings are super easy to make.  Feeding a big crowd with no dishes or tough stain to clean is as simple as this recipe.

Oven baked BBQ wings are easy and it is a no-mess-to-clean-up recipe.  It's finger licking good to feed a big crowd.

Total Time:
1Hour and 5 Minutes
Prep Time
: 10 Minutes  

Inactive Cook Time: 55 Minutes  
Serving: 4-6

My husband and his family love everything with BBQ flavor. What I found difficult in the past was that if you use the BBQ sauce to marinade, the wings don't get crispy. If you use the dry rub, as most people do, the flavor just stays on the top layer of the meat, mostly on the skin.


Flavored All the Way

You need to whisk it with extra virgin olive oil. Besides, the oil gives a coating that will make the skin crisp up in the oven later.

You will see that I add a teaspoon of dry rub into the BBQ sauce. Why? Most of the time, you can hardly find a dry rub and BBQ sauce with exact same flavor, even though you may get both from the same brand.

To marry 2 slightly different flavors together, a teaspoon of dry rub will do the trick.

Crispy Wings Guaranteed

To make these oven baked BBQ wings crispy, the size of a baking sheet is one of the most important factors. It is all about the air movement.

You need to leave 1/4" space around between the wings. If you crowd a baking sheet where the wings tightly pack together, the wings will cook through. But the skin won't get crispy.

You will see many of my recipes apply this same method.

An Easy Dinner Idea - Pizza and Wings Night
NO Take-out

You can even make 2 different flavored wings, such as oven baked Buffalo wings, at the same time in the same oven. Just to make sure to separate them into different baking sheets.

Of course, if you prefer to double the quantity of the same flavored wings, please feel free to do so.  Bear in mind that you will need to separate the wings into 2 equal batches and bake them in 2 baking sheets of the same size.

Pop the frozen pizza into the oven while you are baking the wings at the last 20 minutes. After taking the wings out to rest, you can continue to cook the pizza if it is not done enough for you. But most of the time, everything is done at the same time and rest together before serving.

For the ovens nowadays, it should not affect your cooking time even if you add the frozen pizza into the oven in the middle of cooking of the wings. If it does, add 5 minutes for every increment.

Same Marinade for Chicken Breasts, Thighs or Quarters

Yes, you definitely can. Apply the methods and instructions by referring to the recipe of Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks. Depending on how much meat you will cook, you may need to double the amount of seasonings and/or dressings.

Oven Baked BBQ Wings Recipe and Directions

2.5 pounds Frozen wings (thawed; padded dry)
2 tablespoons BBQ dry rub of your choice (My family loves the coffee rub)
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 teaspoon BBQ dry rub
1 to 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's hickory and brown sugar one)
1-2 tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix dry rub, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in wings and toss to coat with marinade.
  3. Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven at 425F.
  5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up later and coat with cooking spray liberally.
  6. Single layer wings on the baking sheet; skin side down.
  7. Leave about 1/4" space around for each wing (this will guarantee each wing brown evenly in the oven).
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. While waiting, combine 1 teaspoon dry rub and BBQ sauce in a sauce pan at medium low heat.
  10. Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar at a time to get to your preferred sweetness.
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Turn wings over and bake for another 20 minutes until cooked through.
  13. Transfer oven baked BBQ wings to a big mixing bowl and add about 1/4-1/3 cup of BBQ sauce and toss wings to coat.  
  14. Serve the rest of the BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

Oven Baked BBQ Wings Steps with Photos

Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Combine BBQ dry rub (of your choice), salt and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl.Combine BBQ dry rub (of your choice), salt and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Whisk in extra virgin olive oil.Whisk in extra virgin olive oil.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Marinade should be thick as paste and able to coat the back of a spoon/fork.Marinade should be thick as paste and able to coat the back of a spoon/fork.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Add marinade into wings.Add marinade into wings.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Toss to coat.Toss to coat.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Single layer wings on a baking sheet and bake.Single layer wings on a baking sheet and bake.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Bake 30 minutes, turn over and bake for another 20 minutes.Bake 30 minutes, turn over and bake for another 20 minutes.
Oven Baked BBQ Wings - Serve wings with BBQ sauce and ENJOY!Serve wings with BBQ sauce and ENJOY!

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