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Hatch Vinegar Chicken Wings with Alabama Barbecue Sauce

Matt Abdoo's Hatch Vinegar Wings
Matt Abdoo's Hatch Vinegar WingsNathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
10 mins
Prep Time:
1 hr 30 mins

Chef notes

I love this recipe because it reminds me of my upstate New York roots of enjoying Buffalo wings, but with a barbecue twist that does not require a fryer.

Technique tip: Use a smoker if you have one, but if you don't, a low temperature grill works great. Wings can be smoked and/or cooked the night before.

Swap option: Chicken thighs work great or even carrots or cauliflower for a vegetarian swap.


All-purpose poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Alabama white barbecue sauce (makes 2½ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons all-purpose poultry seasoning (recipe above)
Hatch vinegar wing sauce (makes about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon hatch chili powder or regular chili powder
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce, preferably Franks RedHot
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 pounds jumbo party wings
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose poultry seasoning (recipe above)
  • 2 cups hatch vinegar wing sauce (recipe above)
  • 2 cups Alabama white barbecue sauce (recipe above)


For the all-purpose poultry seasoning:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to evenly incorporate.

For the Alabama white barbecue sauce:

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to incorporate. Cover, and let sit overnight in the fridge.

For the hatch vinegar wing sauce:

Combine the vinegar, apple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper and hatch chili powder in a large non-reactive container and puree using a hand blender until completely incorporated.

Add the hot sauce and melted butter to the vinegar mixture and blend with a hand blender until emulsified. Set aside.

For the wings:

Remove wings from package and pat dry. Toss with all-purpose poultry seasoning and let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat grill to 250°F. Once grill is up to temperature, place wings on upper rack of grill and allow the wings to cook for 1 hour or until the internal temperature of the wings reaches 165°F. Remove the wings from the grill and let cool until you are ready to finish them.

Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat and place the wings on the grill to develop char marks and become warmed through. Toss in heated hatch vinegar wing sauce and serve with Alabama white barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.