Sweet and Tangy Baked Wings Recipe

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Mia Foster Modified: March 23, 2022
Sweet and Tangy Baked Wings Recipe

How To Make Sweet and Tangy Baked Wings

This baked chicken wings will be the start of your next party. They are crispy, coated in homemade Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce that is sweet and tangy.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes



For the Wings:

  • lbsparty style chicken wings(or whole chicken wings that have been halved crosswise)
  • ¼cupkosher salt
  • 3tbspshoney
  • 3clovesgarlicsmashed
  • 1tbspbarbecue seasoning(poultry or grill)
  • 8cupswater
  • Cooking spray
  • cilantro leaves and lemon wedges for garnish(Optional)

For the Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1cupDr Pepper
  • 1cupketchup
  • 3tbspsWorcestershire sauce
  • 2tspssmoked paprika
  • 3tbspssteak sauce
  • ½tsponion powder
  • ½tspgarlic powder
  • ½tspblack pepper


  1. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour the water into a large bowl. Add the salt and honey to the water and stir until the salt has dissolved.

  2. Add the garlic and seasoning to the bowl. Pour 7 cups of very cold water over everything and stir until combined.

  3. Place the chicken wings in the brine, cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 2 hours but no more than 8 hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  5. Remove the chicken wings from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the wings in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until wings are a deep golden brown.

  6. While the wings are in the oven, make the sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.

  7. Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat.

  8. Serve the wings immediately with cilantro leaves and lemon wedges to garnish if desired.


  • Calories: 521.33kcal
  • Fat: 31.41g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.13g
  • Trans Fat: 0.13g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.79g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.29g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.91g
  • Fiber: 0.94g
  • Sugar: 19.00g
  • Protein: 34.18g
  • Cholesterol: 209.79mg
  • Sodium: 1372.16mg
  • Calcium: 65.86mg
  • Potassium: 633.61mg
  • Iron: 2.22mg
  • Vitamin A: 68.78µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.57mg
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