October 6, 2012

Matt’s Sweet & Sneaky Hot Wings

Recipe submitted by Matt Tierney

Though it had more of a Jerk flavoring than a Buffalo, I was still very impressed with this recipe. I grilled the wings then tossed them in the sauce and threw them back on the grill for about 5 more minutes to let the sauce cake on. This has a strong BBQ flavor that hits immediately, but then the heat comes creeping up quick, so be prepared. This is not for the faint of heart as this dish is a hot one. It is very deceiving, but that’s probably why “Sneaky” is in the name. -Brian



  • 2 packages fresh wings, separate wings at joints
    w/sharp knife to get wingettes and drum sticks.
    Disregard tips. (Can use 10lbs Frozen Wings)
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (For more heat use more,
    less heat use less)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil


  • 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar (For More sweet use more, less sweet use less)
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper (For more heat use more, less heat use less)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Fresh Pressed Garlic or can substitute with Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning (we used Badia Cajun Seasoning)
  • 1 Bottle Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • 2/3 Cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce


1. Mix all dry rub ingredients and toss with chicken in a large bowl. Let sit for 2-3 hours.

2. Preheat grill to medium heat.

3. Place chicken on grill turning frequently for approximately 20 minutes, or until you no longer see pink when cutting into a wing. (*Can also deep fry or bake wings depending on your preference.)

4. To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Once sauce begins to bubble, turn to low heat to simmer.

5. When the wings are fully cooked, take some wing sauce and toss with wings on med High heat in a separate sauce pan. Sauce will caramelize onto the wings. *Based on the quantity of wings, you may need to complete in batches.