Chicken Wings with Homemade BBQ Sauce

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Chicken Wings with Homemade BBQ Sauce

It’s time to start planning out your Labor Day weekend barbeque!  If you’ve never before tried to make your own barbeque sauce let me tell you that it’s a really fun and risk-free way to get creative in the kitchen.  Whether you’ll be manning a gas grill, a charcoal grill or even just working your magic in the kitchen, the below recipe for a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce could be just what you need to make your holiday weekend a hit.

When you experiment when making a cake it can implode, fall over, taste bad or worse.  When you experiment with barbeque sauce, you can basically just have fun and add a little more of something tangy, spicy or sweet until it suits your liking.  Trying out a barbeque on chicken wings is perfect as you can make a batch of five or ten wings with one style, then mix it up on the next five or ten.  I think that’s part of the reason those wings restaurants are so successful is that it’s fun to eat a variety of sauces… so why not mix it up at home, too?

One of my favorite tastes for wings is a combo of both sweet and tangy.  I’ve been using SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener for a number of months now.  I keep coming back to it from desserts to entrees, and think that it’s perfect to elevate the taste of this dish.  My husband is watching his health and I’m helping him with that, so we especially like reaching for SPLENDA®.

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Another couple of key ingredients that make this recipe work are paprika, garlic powder and lemon juice.  I stand by my recipe but encourage you to do some give and take with these ingredients and always feel free to swap something out if it doesn’t tickle your fancy.

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Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce with Splenda
Author: Posh Journal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup reduced sugar tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Granulated or 10 packets SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener or more according to your liking
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered and stir frequently for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Chicken Wings with Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce with Splenda
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Posh Journal
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • BBQ sauce
  1. In a big ziplock, combine the water, salt, sugar, garlic and thyme.
  2. Add the chicken wings and put in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Rinse off the brine and pat it dry before cooking for crispier skin.
  4. Heat the gas grill or charcoal. Put the wings on the cool side of the grill.
  5. Cover and cook until the wings are cooked through for about 15 or 20 minutes.
  6. When the wings are cooked, transfer to a mixing bowl and coat with the bbq sauce.
  7. Place the wings back to the grill and cook uncovered until they are nicely browned.


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  • Reply
    Tabitha Blue / Fresh Mommy Blog
    Aug 25, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Okay, those look fabulous!! And I know it’s so much healthier to make your own sauces, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Cindy Ingalls
    Aug 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I’ve been looking for a good homemade bbq recipe. I like to know what goes into my food. While I don’t use Splenda, I wonder how this would taste with coconut sugar?

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    Elizabeth O.
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I love making my own barbecue sauce because I can adjust it to my family’s liking. I think it’s great that you’re using Splenda! I’d love to give this recipe a try.

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    Elizabeth O.
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Reduced sugar is great, I’d love to reduce our sugar intake as much as I can. I think this is an awesome alternative to any kind of barbecue sauce, especially since it always contains sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Amanda Love
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I think it’s nice that you decided to use Splenda on this recipe, it’s always better when you find a good alternative for sugar since it’s not really healthy to consume a lot of it. Aside from that, this recipe is perfect for people with diabetes.

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    Karlyn Flores
    Aug 26, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Looks yummy! I want to make this homemade bbq sauce for weekends

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    Choudry Nazma
    Aug 26, 2016 at 2:17 am

    This looks so yammi..and also very easy to make .thanx

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    Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    Aug 26, 2016 at 6:13 am

    As a wings enthusiast, I couldn’t love this more. Even better with BBQ sauce, Splenda sure makes it all more delicious!

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    Rose Pingol
    Aug 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, I like that! My grandson is a chicken lover and his favorite part is the wings, will cook for him.

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    Nicole Haas Etolen
    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Every time we have a BBQ party, we used our grandma’s traditional sauce. I would like to try this, I hope she will like it.

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    Nikki Wayne
    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    This is similar to my sister’s chicken buffalo wings original recipe. I will share this with her.

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    The 24-Hour Mommy (@the24hourmommy)
    Aug 27, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Haven’t tried making my own barbecue sauce ever! Thanks for sharing your tips.

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