Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings

Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings are nearly beyond description. They’re that good.

Get a good quality bourbon, pure maple syrup, and whole chicken wings, and then get ready to fire up your grill. These are always a show-stopper every time we serve them. Be sure to make the Perfect BBQ Rub!

Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings
Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings


Once you’ve secured a good bottle of bourbon, pour yourself a nice little drink, and let’s get started.

First, make the Perfect BBQ Rub. This is so delicious and really helps to put these wings over the top.

This will make enough that you can use again for multiple recipes, just like our Cowboy Ribeye Steak!

Perfect BBQ Rub
Perfect BBQ Rub


Now that you’ve got the rub out of the way, it may be time to pour another drink, maybe not, but it’s definitely time to make the amazing sauce for the Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings!

We like to grate an onion on a box grater. You can go with chopped, but we like the texture of the grated.

Next, we’re going to add the bourbon, maple syrup and some Worcestershire syrup.

Simmer until just thickened. Oh, the smell!! Amazing! It’s about now you’ll want to go and fire up your grill to a nice medium-high heat.

EXPERT TIP: Both the rub and the sauce can be made in advance. The rub will stay for weeks in an airtight container and the sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Oh...the's all about the sauce
Oh…the sauce…it’s all about the sauce


You’re now ready to baste the wings. We like to use wings that have not had the tip removed, which is typical for standard buffalo wings. But, you can certainly use those “party wings,” too.

You’ll coat the wings with the apple cider vinegar and then toss in the rub.

Grill the wings over direct heat until cooked through, about 5 minute per side.  Then slather some of the sauce and continue grilling until starting to char.

EXPERT TIP: Be sure to set some of the sauce off to the side prior to basting.  You’ll want some for extra sauce once you serve the wings!

Grilling to perfection
Grilling to perfection

These Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings are off-the-hook amazing.

You will not believe how delicious these babies are.  Wow, oh wow…so good.  Perfect for a summer BBQ, or anytime, for that matter!

Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings
Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings
Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings

Bourbon Maple BBQ Chicken Wings

Bourbon Maple BBQ chicken wings...what else needs to be said? I love to grill these up using entire chicken wings. Just so yummy. Incredible BBQ. One of our all-time favorites!
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Course: BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: chicken wings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 415kcal



  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup grated onion use medium holes on a box cutter
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper




  • Heat a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter to melt.
  • Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the bourbon, syrup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, salt and pepper, and stir to incorporate.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and reserve.


  • Fire up your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Add the wings, oil , vinegar and rub in a large freezer bag, seal, and toss until the wings are completely coated.
  • Once grill is ready, add wings to the grill.
  • Cook on each side until slightly charred, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Slather on the BBQ sauce, and cook for another 2 minutes each per side.
  • Remove and serve with remaining BBQ sauce and homemade blue cheese dressing!


Calories: 415kcal
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    • Hi Thalia! It’s so funny. We were in Atlanta last week reviewing some amazing restaurants for H2FaL, and at the airport on the way home, we stopped into this bar/restaurant. A small place, and I ordered some bourbon maple wings. They were literally the best wings I have ever had in my life! At the Atlanta Airport! Who knew. I just had to try and re-create them. They served the entire wing, which we really liked. It took me a few batches to get them just right, but, oh my goodness are the good!

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