Air Fryer Chicken Wings With A Drunken BBQ Rum Sauce.

BBQ air fryer chicken wings

These air fryer chicken wings have something to be happy about after being drenched in a delicious BBQ Bacardi Rum Sauce. Tossed in this homemade BBQ sauce and served with air fryer sweet potato fries, this dish makes an excellent lunch, dinner, or a party appetizer.

Even though chicken breast is my favorite part of the chicken, most people probably prefer chicken wings because they are the tastiest and most flavorful. This is why they are the most popular appetizer, menu item, or party food.

Furthermore, you can’t go through football season, Super Bowl or other sporting events without indulging in a slew of delicious sauce-dripping chicken wings.

History Of Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings is my favorite sports bar to visit. The restaurant/bar is famous for its various flavored sauces and the levels of heat they add to the deep-fried wings.

Back in the day, chicken wings were the least favorite part of the chicken. However, Buffalo Chicken Wings were somewhat “invented”  and gained popularity in the early 1960s.

Clair Suddath in her Time Article shared a brief, but interesting history of Buffalo Wings. The name buffalo wings stemmed from the family-owned Anchor Bar in Buffalo New York.

Furthermore, it is reported that Teressa Bellissimo, a member of the family business, was asked by her son to whip up a quick late-night bite for him and his friends at the Anchor Bar.

Teressa tossed the restaurant’s leftover wings in her invented Buffalo Sauce, which is now commonly made of melted butter, hot sauce, and red peppers, resulting in a bright reddish-orange sauce.

National Chicken Wing Day and Buffalo Wing Festival

The Buffalo Wings became the restaurant’s top menu item. Furthermore, these wings have spearheaded the City Of Buffalo to name and celebrate July 29th as Chicken Wing Day. In addition, every year in September up in Buffalo is held The Buffalo Wing Festival.

Air Fryer vs. Deep Fried Chicken Wings

Oil is used to deep-fry Buffalo Wings. However, I am sharing a healthier version of chicken wings in this recipe by air frying the wings. The real star of the wings, however, is the delectable BBQ Rum Sauce, which will have you licking all ten fingers; you won’t miss the extra grease.

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Air Fry Chicken Wings In BBQ Rum Sauce.

Here are all the ingredients You Will Need.

Below are some amazon ingredient links for your shopping convenience.

Chicken Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Smoked Paprika

BBQ air fryer chicken wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings Tossed In BBQ Rum Sauce.

Kevin Foodie
This is a simple air fryer recipe. The headliner of these chicken wings is the BBQ sauce, which is sweet with a hint of Bacardi Coconut Rum. Serve with sweet potatoes from the air fryer for a complete feast.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People


  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Saucepan
  • Tong


Chicken Wings

  • 2 lbs Chicken Wings (drumb and flats)
  • 3 tbsp Slap Ya Mama Cajan Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Salt

BBQ Rum Sauce

  • ½ cup BBQ Sauce (Kraft Brown Sugar)
  • ¼ cup Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup Escovitch Sauce or White Cane Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 4 tbsp Bacardi Coconut Rum
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika


Air Fry Chicken

  • Toss raw chicken wings into a bowl. The chicken drummettes and wingettes can be purchased from Amazon Fresh; see link above.
    BBQ air fryer chicken wings
  • In a small bowl, mix seasonings together (salt, black pepper, and Slap Ya Mama seasoning). Drizzle season blend over wings and mix together until every crevice is coated.
    BBQ air fryer chicken wings
  • Allow wings to rest and marinate in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Remove the chilled chicken wings from the fridge. Layer chicken wings on the Gourmia Air Fryer's crisper tray. Cook for 25 minutes at 400°F, or until golden brown.
    BBQ air fryer chicken wings

Let's Make The BBQ Rum Sauce

  • While the wings are air frying, combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan (BBQ sauce, soy sauce, rum, paprika, vinegar, honey, sweet and sour sauce). Mix the ingredients together with a whisk.
    Instead of the plain white vinegar called for in the recipe, I used my favorite Jamaican Escovitch pickled sauce.
    Furthermore, the Escovitch Sauce gives the BBQ sauce a great depth of acidic flavor and a bit of heat. See the link below to learn how to make my escovitch sauce.
  • Over low to medium heat, heat sauce for 2-3 minutes while occasionally stirring with a whisk.
  • Transfer each cooked chicken wing to a mixing bowl with tongs. Pour the BBQ Rum Sauce over the wings and toss until completely coated and dripping in this delectable BBQ Rum Sauce.
    BBQ air fryer chicken wings
  • Arrange on a platter and serve. There were 18 wings in total. Serves approximately 4-5 people.
    In addition, I paired these air fryer crinkle sweet potato fries with BBQ chicken wings. They are also available on Amazon Fresh; see the link above for more information.
    BBQ air fryer chicken wings



Jamaican Escovitch Sauce Recipe: Click HERE.
Keyword Air Fryer, BBQ, Chicken Dish, Chicken Wings, Gourmia Air Fryer, Sweet Potato Fries
BBQ air fryer chicken wings

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18 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chicken Wings With A Drunken BBQ Rum Sauce.”

  1. Everything you share has my mouth watering. These look and sound blooming delicious and I’ll for sure be making these for myself and my fam asap! I love that these are done in a air fryer too. The bbq sauce just sounds heavenly! Thank you so much for sharing with us Xo

    Elle –

  2. Air fried wings look awesome with that glazing sauce. Coconut rum is a surprise for me. How does airfried meat taste ? Is it more crispy than oil fried ones?

    1. Thanks for dropping by Nithin. Air fry chicken is surprisingly very crispy. Search and Check out my air fryer drumstick recipe. Haven’t fried any food since I purchased my Gouria Air fryer. Give it s try, you will love it.

  3. 5 stars
    A drunken rum sauce sounds awesome! I’ve been looking for a new chicken wing recipe, and now I have found it!

  4. I am really surprised at how easy this recipe is! The wings look very delicious and I love that you have posted also a few photos! It makes to cooking process easier! Thank you for that!

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