Recipe Box, Papa Doc’s BBQ Smokey Wings

My son and my husband have an obsession for all things BBQ


Here is the newest member to their fleet of  grills, 3 green eggs, 2 gas grills, 1 charcoal grill and now a smoker… notice the pretty cardboard and duck tape covered wheels…heaven forbid they should get scratched!  😱


HHjr christened the smoker by cooking chicken thighs and bacon strips

BBQ smoked bacon

He coated the bacon with brown sugar and then smoked it.  I know it looks burnt but it was crisp and full of smokey flavor… a perfect manly appetizer

BBQ chicken wings

HH, or Papa Doc as he’s known to his grandchildren, is on a cooking journey and he is doing really well

BBQ wings

He is enthusiastic and determined, loves to read and study cookbooks, and the other day he decided to make BBQ sauce

bbq sauce

I know BBQ sauce varieties could fill a whole grocery store, and there are limitless great commercial ones.  But it is also very easy to make, and I bet you already have everything in your pantry…

He swears he will never buy bottled sauce again.  Try these chicken wings and see what you think

Papa Doc’s BBQ Smokey Wings

Course Appetizer, Cook out, Main Course
Cuisine American, Grill


  • 1 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 T Worcestershire
  • 2 T molasses
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • 12-16 chicken wings


  • Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium low heat. Stir occasionally and simmer for 10-12 minutes to blend the flavors. Strain to remove garlic. Cool to room temperature. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  • Separate chicken wings at joint with a sharp knife. Grill over medium hot coals about 20-25 minutes, or until done, basting during the last 10 minutes with sauce.
  • You can also cook these in the oven. Arrange chicken on baking sheets and brush with sauce. Bake at 350, basting occasionally, until done, about 45-60 minutes.
Keyword BBQ chicken, BBQ sauce, chicken wings, homemade BBQ sauce, smokey chicken wings
homemade BBQ sauce wings

Here are some other homemade sauces in case you get an urge to grill and your pantry is out of sauce~

Easy Breezy BBQ Sauce

easy bbq sauce

Berry Burst BBQ Sauce


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7 Responses to “Recipe Box, Papa Doc’s BBQ Smokey Wings”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, I had to laugh at the cardboard covered wheels! It’s grill and smoker weather here this weekend, but I’m afraid to get used to mid 60 degree temperatures. We’ll have to try Papa Doc’s BBQ sauce. 🙂

  2. Jenna, I am very impressed that your hubs has a written recipe and his sauce sounds delicious! The weather should be perfect for cooking out this weekend!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Duck tape made me laugh
    Carol xoxo

  4. Lynn says:

    Sounds good, extra hot sauce for me please:@)

  5. Kitty says:

    How cute about the covered and taped wheel, Jenna! My youngest son really enjoy smoking meats and has smoked his own bacon, too. I was over last week and enjoyed smoked sausage, turkey and pork. I’ll have to share with him, Papa Doc’s BBQ sauce recipe.

  6. Emily says:

    Oh my Jenna, now I am craving something from the grill! Looks delicious and the sauce sounds so good. Had a good chuckle over the wheel. Between you and your husband there is always something good cooking there! I think I will ask Jim to get the cover off our egg 🙂

    • My life is a 3 ring circus Emily, and yes, someone is always cooking! Sometimes I just want a peanut butter sandwich and a marathon tv session! Stay safe tonight, sounds like bad storms- >

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