Pineapple Mango Chicken Wings made me feel like I was in the middle of some tropical islands rather than being in a snow-covered January where I had to use my How to Unfreeze your Big Green Egg Lid techniques to get the lid open before even thinking of starting up the grill this weekend. Sometimes I think we just need to play mind games with ourselves in the middle of winter. I feel bad for those poor souls who can’t grasp the concept of grilling in the middle of winter. A little snow never stopped me!
Ginny created the sauce for these wings. I just asked that we have something fun and not some run-of-the-mill jarred sauce. We were in full on revolt from the weather, so Ginny started the sauce using the leftover mango and pineapple from our smoothies that morning. I’d say that it was an overall win for us!
How to Make Pineapple Mango BBQ Sauce
Start off by chopping up pineapple and mango. You need a half of a cup of each.
Saute the onions in a bit of olive oil until they turn translucent. It should take about 5-6 minutes. Then add garlic and saute for one more minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
Once it is all sauteed, add in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, pineapple, mango, and apple cider vinegar. Heat this mixture up and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, turn the range down to low and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. This will allow the sauce to thicken on its own.
After 15 minutes, turn off the stove and allow it to cool. I tend to make the sauce the night before and put in the refrigerator until I want to use it.
Pull it out in the morning and blend it in a high speed blender to smooth it out.
The sauce will be thick and sticky! Perfect for wings!
Grilling the Chicken Wings
Set up the grill to medium high direct heat and let it come up to temperature.
While that is heating up, rub down the chicken wings with a dry run. I used Dizzy Pig’s Crossroads seasoning.
Place the wings on the grill and cook for about five minutes.
Flip the wings and cook the other side for another five minutes. This should be enough time for the wings to be completely cooked through.
Applying the Mango BBQ Sauce to the Wings
Add the sauce during the last minute of cooking. Brush it on and allow to heat up. Brush it on again for a nice thick and gooey second layer.
Pro Tip: If you brush the sauce on once and immediately turn the wing over, a lot of the sauce will just drip right off. Take the time and do the double or triple brush. There is a huge difference!
Let us know if you try them (I hope you have better weather making them than we did!) and how you liked them! Spence is not a huge wing guy and he loved them!
Mango Pineapple BBQ Sauce
- 1/2 mango chopped
- 1/2 cup pineapple chopped
- 1/2 onion medium, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Mango Pineapple BBQ Sauce
- Over medium high heat, saute onion for about 5-6 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and saute another 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling and then reduce to low and simmer 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Pour sauce into sturdy blender and blend well.
Grill the Chicken Wings
- Rub the Chicken Wings with a Dry Rub. I used DizzyPig’s Crossroads
- Heat the grill to 350 degrees and use direct heat
- Grill the chicken wings for five minutes on each side
- When the wings are almost cooked through, apply the pineapple mango bbq sauce. I recommend layering the sauce to get a nice caramelized coating.
- After another minute, remove the chicken wings and serve