The boyf has a bit of an obsession with chicken wings. It’s probably top of his guilty pleasures lists, and sometimes I like to indulge him.
You see, he’s one of those finger eaters. You know, people that like to pick up their food with their hands to eat. It probably stems from growing up in an Indian household and learning to eat food with his hands from a young age. I can see that get into his food with his hands brings him great pleasure. It’s his happy place.
And eating chicken wings with his hands, getting stick fingers, picking the meat apart from the bones … it’s a joy for him.
So when I was offered a sample of this brand new barbecue sauce I knew exactly what to do with it. Baked barbecue chicken wings!
The Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce is as sweet, sticky and rich as you’d hope it to be. This is the kind of American Deep-South kind of sauce that you want to slather over ribs, and pulled pork, and wings, and all kinds of deliciousness. It’s a decadent kind of sauce, it has 9% bourbon in it, which apparently goes down to 3% when cooked. It does add a good bit of oomph to the wings, that’s for sure.
This is the kind of recipe that needs to be enjoyed on a Saturday afternoon around the picnic table in the garden. Serve it up nicely with potato wedges, grilled corn on the cob, a fresh salad or, like me, some crisped butternut squash slices.
(side note: nothing to do with taste, but the Jim Beam sauce comes in a lovely glass bottle that almost looks like a hip flask. I like it)
Baked Barbecue Chicken Wings (serves 4)
Chicken Wings (approx. 8)
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Salt and Pepper, to season
4 tbsp Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce
Curly Parsley, to garnish
Preheat the oven to 180C (fan) whilst you prep the chicken.
Place the chicken wings in a large heavy-bottomed baking tray. Drizzle with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss together so that the wings are coated with oil. Arrange spaced apart in in the tray.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, giving the tray a shake halfway through to prevent sticking.
Remove from the oven and coat the wings with the sauce before returning to the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
Once turned a deep golden brown remove the chicken wings from oven and serve immediately with the sides of your choice.
Disclosure: this sauce was sent to me for review purposes only, as always opinion and content is my own.