Baked BBQ Wings

It’s finally starting to cool off here in Texas and since tomorrow is the last day of summer, that means it’s – football time! We enjoy getting together with friends and watching the game. Everyone’s debating whether Tony Romo will be playing on Monday night…I’m pretty sure he will be. I remember when I was a kid, I’d sit in the living room with my Poppy and Uncle and watch the games. Even if I didn’t know quite what was going on – I was hanging with the guys!

One of the first foods I think of for football parties – WINGS! Who doesn’t love a good fried wing dipped in your favorite sauce? My husband and I both do, but we don’t make them that often because you have to drag out the pot and the oil to fry them. I created this recipe to give all the flavors of those wings – but with less calories – and much less prep and cooking time!

I decided to dry-rub these, because I took a trip to a local spice store – Penzeys Spices. It’s like a food lovers heaven – one whole store filled with spices and dried herbs! I walked around the whole store probably three times. By the third my husband decided, he’d just wait close to the register because he was tired of following me around! I left with their BBQ 3000 mix, a blend of lovely things such as paprika, mustard, nutmeg, allspice, thyme, sage, and ginger, and some ?? for an apricot crisp recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicken wings – you can use the drumettes or the wings – imagine them in the picture here. I seem to have forgotten to take their picture!
  • Your favorite spice blend
I used the frozen wings, so I could just defrost what I needed for the meal – since there’s only two of us. For 1/2 lb. of wings, I used 2 tablespoons of spices. I added some of Penzey’s BBQ 3000, plus a little garlic, onion, and chipotle powder. Toss to combine and let them come to room temperature while the oven preheats to 500 degrees.
Lay them out on cookie sheets lined with foil for easy cleanup.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are browned and cooked through. Serve with carrots, celery, and your favorite dipping sauce!
Buon appetito!


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