Sweet Cola BBQ Chicken Wings

Years of sipping fizzy drinks has taught me a few things. Firstly, why drink Pepsi when you can have Coke? (Only a fool would argue with that) Secondly, accept no imitations, not even those nasty little pre-mixed rum and colas you get when you fly. And yet, here I am not only accepting Pepsi, but praising it.

Now don’t get me wrong, each to their own prefered can of fizzy goodness. It’s just that Pepsi has that little extra hit of cinnamon making it perfect for these sticky chicken wings. Bundled together with a kick of chilli, smoked paprika and zest of lemon, makes these sweet cola BBQ chicken wings a tasty experience.


Pepsi Cola BBQ Chicken Wings – Ingredients
800g chicken wings
600ml Pepsi
340g ketchup
60ml malt vinegar
2 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp hot pepper sauce
4 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 tsp coarse salt
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Juice and zest of one lemon

Remove the wing tips from your chicken wings if this hasn’t already been done. Add them to a sealed container with the lemon juice, a little seasoning and pop in the fridge. If you make your sauce in advance of this then marinade them for at least a couple of hours. Ideally overnight.


To make the Pepsi BBQ sauce combine the rest of your ingredients, except the sesame seeds, in a large pot and bring to a boil. Keep this going until the sauce starts to thicken – around 30 – 45 minutes. Add the BBQ sauce to a sterilised jar, you should be able to keep in the fridge for around two months.


Add the chicken wings to a baking tray and roast in an oven heated up to 180C or gas mark 4. After 30 minutes, remove and add to a large bowl with five tablespoons of the cola sauce and the sesame seeds. Return the chicken back to the oven and bake for a further 10 – 15 minutes.  These are delicious served with fresh coleslaw and sweet potato chips.

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