“Meaner Than Evil” BBQ Hot Wings

Choose your own eating adventure with spice levels varying from hot to insanely hot in this Yellowstone-inspired BBQ hot wings recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yellowstone-Inspired "Meaner Than Evil" BBQ Hot Wings
Servings: 2 servings
The spiciness will vary greatly from hot to insanely hot, depending on the heat of the chile flakes you are using, and the barbecue sauce you select. Use the spicy BBQ sauce recipe from Jackie Alpers’s The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook or your favorite store-bought sauce.


  • 12 chicken wing pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked hot paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup spicy barbecue sauce


  • Secure the chicken wings and the spice rub ingredients in a resealable bag. Shake the bag to coat the wings, then massage the spices into the chicken. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • Grill on medium, covered, turning occasionally, until thoroughly cooked with a nice char, and crispy.
  • Brush both sides of the wings with barbecue sauce and let brown, about 2-5 minutes more.
  • Alternatively, you can cook the wings in the air fryer. Spray the inside of the air fryer with vegetable oil then preheat it to 400 degrees F. Place the wings in the basket so that they are not touching, standing them on-end against the walls if needed. Air fry for 18-20 minutes, turning half-way through and shaking occasionally, until thoroughly cooked and crispy or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the wings reads 165 degrees F.
  • Place the hot wings in a large bowl and toss with barbecue sauce to coat.
  • Serve with Dutton Family Ranch Dressing from The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Western Americana
Keyword air fryer, BBQ, chicken wings recipe, hot wings, Jackie Alpers, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings recipe, The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook, Yellowstone recipes

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