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Monday, June 16, 2014

Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings with Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce

Kansas City-style barbecue sauces are thick, tomato-based sauces that highlight sweet ingredients over spicy ones. Molasses, honey, brown sugar—any or all of these sugary items make their way into KC sauces, as well as tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes, tomato paste, and typical barbecue sauce ingredients like garlic, onion, vinegar, and a few sweet or warm spices. 

What you won’t find are many hot chiles or fiery spices, although a bit of chile powder, hot sauce, or minced fresh chile may be added by cooks who simply like a touch of spice. As long as the base is rich with tomato flavor and thick in texture, you’re talking Kansas City.

Note: I oven-roasted the wings simply because continuous thunderstorms kept me inside. They would be great out on the grill as well. Check out Grilled Chicken Wings with Feta Cheese Dressing and Barbecue Chicken Wings with Chipotle-Maple Sauce.

Serves 4-5


For the Sauce
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce (or other bottled hot sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
For the Wings
  • 20 large chicken wing pieces (drums and flappers)
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce
  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. When melted, add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, 3 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook slowly 15 minutes. Uncover and cook 15 minutes longer.
Softened Garlic and Onion 
Sauce Beginning to Cook 
Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce
For the Wings
  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a large, shallow baking pan with parchment paper. (The wings may stick to uncoated foil.)
  2. Place the wings in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Season generously with chile powder, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer the wings to the prepared pan and roast 15 minutes. Turn and roast until nearly cooked through, 12 minutes.
  4. Brush the wings generously with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for 3 minutes.
  5. Turn the wings and brush the 2nd side generously with sauce. Return to the oven and roast until the sauce begins to char in spots and the wings are cooked through, 3-4 minutes longer. Brush with any remaining sauce, if desired.
Seasoned Chicken Wings 
Wings Ready to Roast
Sauce-Basted Wings 
Second Basting 
Roasted Wings
Stack the wings on a platter and serve hot.

Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings with Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce

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