Sweet and Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

These Sonoran style sweet and spicy chicken wings are hot! 

Sweet and Spicy wings with hot peppers, sauce brush on the side of the plate
Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings
Servings: 2
These Sonoran style sweet and spicy chicken wings are hot! But, the spiciness of these grilled chicken wings will vary greatly, depending on the heat of the chile flakes you are using, and the barbecue sauce you select. This recipe also works well for chicken breasts or thighs. Choose a barbecue sauce that doesn't list high fructose corn syrup as the first ingredient (or preferably at all). I use Sweet Baby Ray's.  I use smoked sea salt in a grinder for my everyday salt. A two pound bag costs about $17.00 and lasts for about a year. I think it makes everything taste better.


  • 6 chicken wings, disjointed (12 pieces)
  • 1/2 cup spicy barbecue sauce

For Spice Rub

  • 1-2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon course ground salt, smoked if possible
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Secure the chicken and the spice rub ingredients in a resealable bag. Massage the spices into the chicken. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • Grill on medium, covered until cooked throughout.
  • Brush with barbecue sauce and let brown, about 2-5 minutes more.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, Sonoran, Sonoran Style, Sonoran Style Mexican
Keyword chicken recipes, Sweet & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings recipe, Sweet and spicy hot wings recipe, Tucson Sonora recipe

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