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Tangy pineapple barbecue sauce that will make your chicken wings sing

Susan Whetzel

It’s summer, folks. Summer. Can you believe it?

Summer is for being outside, hanging out by the pool, playing golf and grilling. Yes, if you aren’t grilling at least four times a week in the summer, I’m not sure we are friends. Cooking outdoors is a privilege, and everyone should get involved because… it’s summer.

Summer is also for parties and pot lucks and barbecues.

The best thing about those kinds of munchy get-togethers?

Finger foods. Mingling with friends outside and munching on delicious food.

Like these pineapple barbecue chicken wings. A kicky, sweet, perfect complement to some salty smoked or deep-fried wings, this sauce is easy and ever-so-flavorful. A twist on the standard BBQ sauce, it just zings. Try it! Just toss your grilled chicken wings (or baked, fried, smoked — you choose) in a big bowl of the sauce, and voilà — all done. I bet you won’t be able to keep your hands off them!

I created this recipe for Food Lion. Why? Well, Food Lion is all about fresh these days. They believe every family deserves the benefits that fresh food provides and at affordable prices.

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Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Wings

Add some zing to the traditional barbecue sauce and enjoy a taste of the islands from your own backyard!

Yields 24 wings


  • 24 skin-on chicken wings
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


1. Combine pineapple juice, orange juice, ginger, garlic, and chili powder in a sauce pan over low-medium heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to simmer 4-5 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, combine vinegar, ketchup, barbecue sauce, molasses, salt, and pepper. Add to pineapple juice mixture, stirring to combine. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring as needed.

3. Allow the sauce to cool slightly, while grilling chicken wings. Wings may also be cooked in the oven at 375 degrees F. Once wings are ready, brush with prepared pineapple barbecue sauce or toss wings in bowl containing the sauce. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftover sauce for future use.

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