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BBQ Chicken Wings with Homemade Ranch

Today, we’re diving into a crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for any gathering: BBQ Chicken Wings with Homemade Ranch. Imagine juicy, tender chicken wings, coated in a sweet and smoky barbecue glaze, paired with a creamy and tangy homemade ranch dressing. Mouthwatering, right? Let’s get started!

BBQ Chicken Wings are a classic favorite, and for good reason. They’re incredibly versatile, packed with flavor, and perfect for sharing. Whether you’re hosting a game day party, a summer cookout, or a casual family dinner, these wings will be the star of the show. The homemade ranch dressing adds a fresh, zesty touch that perfectly complements the rich, smoky flavor of the wings. Plus, making these dishes from scratch means you can control the ingredients and customize the flavors to your liking.

Ingredients

For the BBQ Chicken Wings:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 20 chicken wings
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

For the Homemade Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing BBQ Chicken Wings and Homemade Ranch

BBQ Chicken Wings

  1. Preheat Your Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). This ensures that it’s hot enough to crisp up the wings perfectly.
  2. Prepare the Flour Mixture: In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon each of onion powder, sea salt, chili powder, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Mix well.
  3. Coat the Chicken Wings: Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. Then, coat them evenly with the flour mixture, ensuring each wing is fully covered.
  4. Bake the Wings: Place the coated wings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 minutes, turning them once halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  5. Prepare the Sauce: While the wings are baking, mix 1 cup of barbecue sauce with 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. This will create a sweet and sticky glaze for the wings.
  6. Glaze the Wings: Once the wings are cooked, remove them from the oven and toss them in the honey barbecue sauce until they are well coated.
  7. Final Bake: Place the sauced wings back on a baking sheet lined with clean parchment paper. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until the sauce is caramelized and the wings are nicely glazed.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. Mix the Base Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, 1/4 cup sour cream, and 1 tablespoon pickle juice. Stir until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the Seasonings: Add 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, and salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Adjust to Taste: Taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings as needed. For a thinner consistency, add a little more buttermilk.
  4. Chill: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dressing for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Stir Before Serving: Before serving, give the dressing a good stir. If it has thickened, add a splash of buttermilk to loosen it up.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Crispy Wings: For extra crispy wings, you can use a wire rack on the baking sheet to allow air circulation around the wings.
  • Marinate the Wings: Marinate the wings in the dry flour mixture for a few hours or overnight for deeper flavor.
  • Double Dipping: For an extra layer of flavor, double dip the wings in the sauce. After the initial glazing and baking, dip them again in the sauce and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce: If you have the time, making your own barbecue sauce can take these wings to the next level.
  • Spicy Kick: Add a bit of cayenne pepper to the flour mixture or some hot sauce to the BBQ sauce if you like a bit of heat.
  • Herb Variations: Try adding other fresh herbs like dill or chives to the ranch dressing for a different flavor profile.
  • Resting Time: Let the ranch dressing rest longer for a richer flavor.
  • Air Fryer: If you have an air fryer, use it to cook the wings for a healthier version without compromising on the crispiness.
  • Grilling Option: These wings can also be grilled instead of baked. Grill over medium heat, turning frequently, until fully cooked and crispy.

Variations

  1. Buffalo Wings: Toss the wings in buffalo sauce instead of barbecue sauce.
  2. Asian-Inspired Wings: Use a mixture of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and honey for a sweet and savory glaze.
  3. Lemon Pepper Wings: Season the wings with lemon zest and pepper before baking.
  4. Garlic Parmesan Wings: Toss the wings in melted butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
  5. Honey Mustard Wings: Mix honey and mustard for a tangy and sweet glaze.
  6. Teriyaki Wings: Use teriyaki sauce for a deliciously sticky and savory wing.
  7. Spicy Sriracha Wings: Add sriracha to your barbecue sauce for a spicy kick.
  8. Smoked Wings: Smoke the wings for an hour before baking for an added depth of flavor.
  9. Sweet Chili Wings: Use sweet chili sauce for a sweet and spicy flavor.
  10. Jamaican Jerk Wings: Season the wings with jerk seasoning for a Caribbean twist.

What to Serve With BBQ Chicken Wings

  1. Coleslaw: The tangy crunch of coleslaw pairs perfectly with the sweet and smoky wings.
  2. Potato Salad: A creamy potato salad complements the flavors and provides a cool contrast.
  3. Cornbread: Sweet, moist cornbread is a classic pairing with BBQ wings.
  4. Mac and Cheese: Rich, cheesy mac and cheese is a family favorite that goes great with wings.
  5. Baked Beans: Smoky baked beans add another layer of flavor to your meal.
  6. French Fries: Crispy fries are always a hit with wings.
  7. Roasted Vegetables: A medley of roasted veggies adds a healthy touch.
  8. Garlic Bread: Warm, buttery garlic bread is an irresistible side.
  9. Cucumber Salad: A refreshing cucumber salad can balance the richness of the wings.
  10. Pickles: Crunchy pickles add a nice contrast and complement the ranch dressing.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate: Store leftover wings and ranch dressing in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The wings will keep for up to 4 days, and the ranch dressing for up to a week.
  • Reheat: To reheat the wings, bake them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Avoid using the microwave as it can make the wings soggy.
  • Freeze: You can freeze cooked wings for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

How Much Should I Make for Family Gatherings?

For a family gathering of 10-12 people, 20 chicken wings might not be enough, especially if your guests are wing enthusiasts. Plan for about 4-6 wings per person, which means you should make around 40-50 wings. For the ranch dressing, doubling the recipe should suffice, providing enough for dipping and perhaps some leftovers.

How Far in Advance Can I Make BBQ Chicken Wings and Homemade Ranch?

  • BBQ Chicken Wings: You can prepare the wings up to 1 day in advance. Coat and bake them, then store in the refrigerator. Reheat and glaze them just before serving for the best texture and flavor.
  • Homemade Ranch: The ranch dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance. In fact, making it ahead allows the flavors to meld and develop even more.

BBQ Chicken Wings with Homemade Ranch

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

For the BBQ Chicken Wings:

  • For the Homemade Ranch Dressing:

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). This ensures that it’s hot enough to crisp up the wings perfectly.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon each of onion powder, sea salt, chili powder, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Mix well.
  3. Rinse and pat dry the chicken wings. Then, coat them evenly with the flour mixture, ensuring each wing is fully covered.
  4. Place the coated wings in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 minutes, turning them once halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  5. While the wings are baking, mix 1 cup of barbecue sauce with 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl. This will create a sweet and sticky glaze for the wings.
  6. Once the wings are cooked, remove them from the oven and toss them in the honey barbecue sauce until they are well coated.
  7. Place the sauced wings back on a baking sheet lined with clean parchment paper. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until the sauce is caramelized and the wings are nicely glazed.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, 1/4 cup sour cream, and 1 tablespoon pickle juice. Stir until smooth and creamy.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, and salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  10. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings as needed. For a thinner consistency, add a little more buttermilk.
  11. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dressing for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  12. Before serving, give the dressing a good stir. If it has thickened, add a splash of buttermilk to loosen it up.
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