Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue Baked Chicken Wings


This baked barbecue chicken wings recipe is a sweet honey barbecue sauce made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey and will leave you licking your fingers for more.

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A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers took a trip to Tennessee and brought me back a little sample bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey from her tour of the distillery. Immediately my mind went to my high school days when my friends and I were old enough to drive and ate at TGIFriday’s quite often. One of their specialties is the Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce. Not only did it taste good, we thought we were so cool having alcohol in our food. That was my inspiration for this Jack Daniel’s Honey Barbecue Sauce for this week’s Sunday Supper. And what better way to serve barbecue sauce than with crispy baked chicken wings? I promise these are so crispy that you won’t even miss the fryer.

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If I’m going to eat chicken wings, there better be lots of finger-licking sauce. No sauce on the side for me. As you can guess by the name, this honey barbecue sauce is sweet with a bit of a kick from the cayenne (which is totally optional if you don’t like heat). This is a great alternative if you’re tired of wings setting your face on fire.

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The key to crispy chicken wings is a technique I learned from Bon Appetit. You place a roasting rack inside a baking pan, allowing heat to circulate underneath the chicken. Plus if you’ve ever cooked wings directly on a cookie sheet, you probably know that they tend to stick and be a pain to pull off. Don’t skip tossing the wings in oil either. Not only does the oil help the chicken crisp up, it ensures the wings don’t stick to the rack. If you do skip the oil, make sure you lightly grease the rack for minimal sticking.

Here’s a lesson on saucing chicken wings – bake the wings plain then toss in the sauce before serving. If you sauce them before you bake, the sauce will evaporate. I did that once with buffalo sauce. The wings still had a spicy kick but were not saucy. Which I guess could be a good thing if you wanted the flavor without the mess (can’t promise the same result with these – I love my wings saucy).

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Although Jack Daniel’s gives this barbecue sauce its unique flavor, if you don’t want to use alcohol, you can make this sauce without. Instead, sauté the onions in some olive oil. After the sauce is finished, taste it. If you think it needs more honey, add another tablespoon or so.

Yields 12

Jack Daniel's Honey Barbecue Baked Chicken Wings
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1 dozen chicken wings, thawed and patted dry
Vegetable oil
Salt and black pepper
1/4 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey whiskey*
1/4 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup ketchup (homemade or store bought)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1-2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)


    For the chicken
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack on top.
  2. In a large bowl, add the chicken wings, enough oil to coat the wings, and a few pinches of salt and pepper then toss together. Spread into a single layer on the sheet and bake 50-60 minutes or until crispy and fully cooked. Toss the wings in the sauce and serve immediately.
  3. For the sauce
  4. While the wings are cooking, make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat the Jack Daniel's. When hot, add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onions start to soften.
  5. Stir in the ketchup, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, molasses, tomato paste, and 1 tablespoon honey. Bring to a boil. Cook until reduced and thickened, about 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Taste the sauce and add the extra tablespoon of honey if needed.


*To make the sauce without Jack Daniel's, use about 2 tablespoons oil to saute the onions and garlic.


Source: Adapted from Bon Appetit and About.com

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  1. Sounds like a perfect sauce! Love the tangy sweet sauces on wings. Mmmmm

  2. Wow, these wings look amazing. I love that they are baked too. I will be making these for sure.

  3. Yum…can’t wait to make these for an upcoming football Sunday menu!!!!

  4. This is a BBQ Sauce that I need in my life! It looks so thick and delicious!! Fabulous recipe!!!

  5. My mouth was watering before I even finished reading your post! I don’t eat chicken on a bone either! I’m still going to make these for my husband and maybe enjoy with some boneless chicken!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’m getting my napkins ready!

  7. Wings are my favorite part of the chicken. And I am in total agreement, the saucier the better, Carla. Your wings look fabulous! Except the cayenne can’t be optional because I love them spicy.

  8. Those wings are making my mouth water. They look so good!! Give me a few of these and a nice cold beet and I would be a happy girl!!

    Bobbi ~ Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

  9. I must try your method to bake wings to keep them crisp. Your sauce looks great and thank you for participating this week!

  10. Carla, I would definitely be licking my fingers for more. These wings look perfect!

  11. What i like the most is the darkest in the sauce looks irresistible in the winds, thats the way I like a good BBq sauce, dark, sweet and tangy.

  12. Oh girl, that sauce. That sticky, deep red, beautiful, whisky BBQ sauce. Yes, please. That looks amazing!

  13. What a terrific, flavorful BBQ sauce! I love the JD addition…this would go great on any meat!

  14. This BBQ sauce sounds delicious! I love how thick and flavorful it is. I could only imagine having a big plate of chicken wings in this sauce… yum!

  15. We would LOVE these! I’m with you, I love baked wings and I love extra extra bbq sauce on mine. Jack Daniel’s barbecue sauce is so, so good!

  16. I’m licking my fingers just looking at those wings. Oh my glob, they look fantasmic.

  17. Now these are my type of wings! Buffalo wings are good, but I always preferred spicy bbq wings instead.

  18. I have a Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce on my site too, your looks amazing as well. I have to try it. I love a sweet and savory BBQ sauce especially on wings!!!

  19. I love my wings saucy and I love all things boozy. Damn I love chicken wings and your version looks to die for, Carla. If you ever saw me eating wings, you may or may not be appalled – I’m talking cave man styles, sauce everywhere. It’s the only way to eat ’em!

  20. My sister introduced me to honey whiskey a few years ago, it’s awesome. These wings look AMAZING! I have pinned, and hopefully I can make them for my sis sometime. Thanks!

  21. One word – Perfection – the sauce sounds simply amazing!

  22. These wings look fantastic! I like the idea of cooking them on a rack over a pan. I’ll have to remember that trick.

  23. Wow!! My family loves wings and this would be a hit

  24. Michele says:

    I’ve made these 4 times now. It’s my official go to wing recipe & whoever has eaten them, loves them! Thanks!

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