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instant pot BBQ chicken wings

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Author: Joanie Simon
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


An easy way to cook wings in a pressure cooker and finished on the grill for the perfect melt-in-your-mouth chicken wings.


  • 16 whole wings (or 32 combination of flats and drumettes)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground fennel seed
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. Combine all of the spices to make a rub (you’ll probably have extra leftover, just keep it in a small air-tight container to use for next time or for ribs, or pork tenderloin…) *if you have a preferred rub recipe or pre-made rub, feel free to use that!
  2. Rub the chicken with some of the rub, just to coat all of the wings. Place in a plastic bag and allow to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour up to overnight.
  3. Remove the wings from the bag and transfer to a pressure cooker or Instant Pot and add in the vinegar and water.
  4. Secure the lid on the cooker and pressure cook on high (manual) and set for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure once the timer goes off and transfer the wings to a baking sheet, discarding the leftover liquid in the pressure cooker.
  5. Sprinkle more rub over the wings.
  6. Heat your grill to medium and once it’s between 375F and 400F, place the wings on the grill, rotating after about 7 to 8 minutes. Cook an additional 7 to 8 minutes until the skin is crisped and sizzling.
  7. Serve hot with additional sauces!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Chicken
  • Cuisine: American