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Australian BBQ Recipes - Chicken Wings On A BBQ

Australian BBQ Recipes - Chicken Wings On A BBQ

How to make the best Chicken Wings on a BBQ in Australia 

With its sun-soaked beaches and lush forests Australia isn’t just home to Kangaroos and amazing outdoor beckons, rather, it is also the land known for its culinary diversity. With a diverse culinary landscape, Barbecuing isn't just a cooking method for Australians. It is an art to them that holds a special place in their hearts, but you know what else is dear to them? It is none other than Chicken Wings or better said BBQ Chicken Wings.

Made with a symphony of flavours from across Europe, Asia and beyond, Chicken Wings on a BBQ in Australia are one cut above Chicken wings from any other corner of the globe. 

So to celebrate the love of Australians for BBQ Chicken Wings, and to teach you a little more about the culinary diversity of the land, we have come up with this blog. In this blog, we will look at how you can prepare BBQ chicken Wings in the Australian way, so whether you are a seasoned chef or a host looking forward to throwing an outdoor party, this amazing recipe for BBQ Chicken Wings is the one for you. Want to know how? Stay tuned.

What makes BBQ Chicken Wings in Australia, so special?

Diving straight into the recipe would do no justice to the irresistible flavours of BBQ Chicken Wings, so why not take a look at the reason behind the popularity of this dish among Australian natives as well as other people across the globe:

  • Blend of Unique spices
  • What sets Australian BBQ apart is the blend of spices that it incorporates. Tasmanian pepper, Wattleseed, and lemon myrtle are some of those unique spices that offer the distinct earthy flavour to this BBQ Chicken Wings. These spices and seasonings are native to Australia and you will hardly find such flavours anywhere else.

  • Perfectly Smoked Flavours
  • Smokiness in the flavour is the key to a perfect BBQ dish and the aroma that reaches your nose even before the dish is served to you. Australian BBQ dishes smoked over hardwoods like Jarrah and Ironbark are filled with such aroma and a bite of those perfectly barbecued chicken wings will prove this to you.

  • Combination of Delectable Glazes
  • One unique feature of Australian cooking is the wide variety of glazes that they use. Ranging from sweet to spicy these glazes add an extra punch of flavour to the dish. You will often find BBQ chicken wings coated in a variety of glazes like fiery chilli, honey soy and some with hints

    of garlic as well.

    Ingredients used to make the Best Chicken Wings on a BBQ in Australia 

    Before getting started with any recipe, it is always important for the readers to get acquainted with the ingredients used in the recipe and realise the importance they play in the making of that recipe. The same is true with this BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe, before diving deep into the recipe for making this delectable dish, let us first take a quick look at some of the key ingredients used.

    • Chicken Wings - The star ingredient of this recipe is the chicken wings. Rich in protein, these tender Chicken wings provide the base for this recipe and develop a crispy outer and juicy inside upon barbecuing.
    • Baking Powder - Where do you think that crispiness comes from? The baking powder used in the marination for chicken wings, pairs excellently with chicken, providing a crispy outer to the BBQ Chicken Wings.
    • Smoked Paprika - Smoked paprika adds a touch of spiciness and smokiness to the dish that combines well with the whole BBQ Cooking technique.
    • Worcestershire Sauce - This dish's symphony of flavours is a blend of various ingredients such as Worcestershire sauce that adds a rich Umami flavour.
    • Tomato Ketchup - It is added to balance out the spicy and earthy flavours of the dish and provide complexity to the flavours.
    • White Vinegar - One of the special things about BBQ dishes is just the right amount of acidity in their flavour, in this dish, that acidity is derived by using white vinegar.
    • Dark Brown sugar - Adds sweetness, and helps caramelise the BBQ sauce upon grilling.
    • Mustard Powder - Mustard powder is used to add a hint of tanginess to the dish and enhance the depth of the flavours.

    How to make the Best Chicken Wings on a BBQ in Australia

    Let us now get started with the amazing process of making this recipe. The recipe is quite simple and easy to give a shot and once you have all the necessary ingredients, it will

     be a rather fun experience, preparing these Chicken Wings on a BBQ. Keep reading.

    Step 1: Marinating the Chicken Wings

    • To start making these delicious BBQ chicken wings, begin by washing your chicken wings with cold water. Once washed, pat dry the chicken pieces with kitchen towels. Set aside. This cleaning process ensures that the chicken wings are all good to be marinated.

    • Mix baking powder, black pepper, and salt, in a large mixing bowl. Dip each wing into the prepared mixture and rub it generously over them.

    • Once done, set these aside 

    • for an hour, so that the baking powder clings well to the pieces, resulting in a crispier outer.

    Step 2: Preparing the BBQ Sauce

    • In the meantime, let's prepare the BBQ Sauce for the chicken wings. 

    • Begin by heating a small saucepan and mixing white wine vinegar, tomato ketchup, dark brown sugar, honey and vegetable oil, smoked paprika, black pepper and Worcestershire sauce in it.

    • Give everything a good stir and let the sauce cook for about 5-7 minutes over low - medium heat. The reason behind cooking on low medium heat is to protect the sauce from burning and to let the sugar combine well with the other ingredients.

    • Once the sauce appears to thicken, take it off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.

    Step 3: Getting the BBQ Grill ready 

    • Before starting to work with your grill, ensure that the grill grates are well-cleaned. Now brush the grill with some vegetable oil and let it preheat to 190 - 200 degrees Celsius, over medium-high heat. Make sure to check the temperature using a kitchen thermometer. 

    • In case you are using charcoal, let the coals get evenly lit and ensure that they are well covered with ash before putting the chicken wings to barbecue on them. For those who are planning to use a gas-operated grill, it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and heat the grill accordingly.

    Step 5: Its Grilling Time

    • Once the grill is all set, arrange all the pieces as per the size of your grill. Make sure to not overcrowd the grill and leave some space between each piece for them to cook well.

    • Once arranged, cover the grill with its lid and let the Chicken Wings cook for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to flip the, halfway through and keep checking to avoid the skin from burning.

    • When the wings are almost done, brush them generously with some BBQ sauce on both sides and allow it to caramelize over the chicken wings.

    • After the chicken wings are grilled to perfection and a golden crisp layer is achieved on both sides, take them off the heat and let them rest for about 3-4 minutes, this will allow the juices to get absorbed and add an extra flavour.

    Step 6: Serving

    • Garnish with chopped coriander and serve alongside your favourite salads or fries, Don't forget to add some extra BBQ sauce to the platter.

    Equipment used to make these Chicken Wings on BBQ

    Equipment plays a great role in defining the results of your cooking, and the choice of equipment can make or destroy your dishes.

    The same goes for this amazing recipe for BBQ Chicken Wings. Whether you are a fan of convenient cooking or a fan of classic BBQ flavour, Grillhound has everything from a gas BBQ to a Charcoal Grill. Grillhound's top-rated collection offers a wide variety of equipment suitable for all your culinary adventures. 

    If dont have enough time to research, but aspire to buy a great quality BBQ Grill, then do check out our Top 5 charcoal BBQs in Australia, this amazing list of equipment will help you make a wise decision and choose a BBQ Grill perfect for catering your needs.

    Gas grills are a step above the classic charcoal grills when it comes to convenience. They are versatile and easy to operate, which makes them ideal for people who are always short on time or are new to grilling procedures. Grillhound's curated selection of gas BBQs offers a range of options that you can choose from.

    Another piece of equipment of great use while grilling, is a good-quality kitchen thermometer. A reliable thermometer makes sure that you cook over the right temperature and get the finest results. Inkbird IBBQ-4T WiFi 4 probe thermometer offers all these excellent qualities. With its top-notch features and wireless connectivity, this amazing thermometer monitors the temperature accurately and eliminates guesswork from your kitchen.

    Serving suggestions for Chicken Wings on a BBQ in Australia 

    BBQ Chicken wings are best had with a good side, here are some of the most liked options that you can pair with your chicken wings:

    • Garlic Parmesan Fries: Fries are a good side to any dish, especially if they are tossed in butter with garlic. The pungency of of garlic pairs excellently well with butter and chicken alike, which makes these fries, worth the shot.

    • Classic Coleslaw Salad - When it comes to what side you should serve your BBQ chicken Wings, nothing beats the Classic Coleslaw salad. With its undeniably refreshing flavours and crunch from vegetables like carrots and cabbages drizzled with a tangy dressing, Coleslaw is the first choice of most food enthusiasts.

    • Grilled Vegetables - Wanna make use of your heated grill to the max? Then why not grill some vegetables? Grille vegetables and chicken wings are a great combination and what makes this combination even more better for you is that you have a smoking grill waiting for those veggies.

    At Last…

    With the precise selection of ingredients, cooking techniques and high-quality cooking equipment, we hope that this blog has done justice to your precious time. So now that you have learnt how to make these lip-smacking BBQ Chicken Wings in the Australian way, it's time to marinate the chicken, set up your grill anywhere you like and start barbecuing. We hope that you liked this recipe, do try it out and let us know, until next time happy cooking.

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    Recipe Card

    Course: Appetizer

    Cuisine: American

    Prep Time: 1 hour

    Grill Time: 20 mint

    Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

    Level: Easy

    Servings: 4-5


    1 kg chicken wings (24-25 wings)

    For Marination

    2 tbsp baking powder (not soda)

    ½ tsp regular table salt

    ½ tsp black pepper

    For BBQ sauce

    1 cup tomato ketchup

    3 tbsp white wine vinegar

    5 tbsp dark brown sugar

    5 tbsp honey

    2 tbsp vegetable oil

    1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

    ½ tsp mustard powder

    ½ tbsp smoked paprika

    ½ tsp black pepper


    • Wash and pat dry the chicken wings.

    • In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, black pepper and baking powder. 

    • Dip the chicken wings into the prepared dry rub, making sure that they are well covered.

    • Let the wings rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

    • In the meantime, mix all the remaining ingredients in a saucepan, and cook over low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Once the sauce is prepared, set it aside to cool down.

    • Now preheat the BBQ Grill to around 190-200 degrees Celsius, over medium to high heat. 

    • Brush the grill with some oil, and place the marinated chicken pieces on it. Cook until they are crisp and golden on both sides. Once the chicken pieces are about to be done, brush them with some BBQ sauce on both sides.

    • Allow the sauce to caramelise, by letting the chicken wings cook for a couple of minutes.

    • Once cooked, take them off the heat and serve along with your favourite sides.

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